Two highly experienced emergency services professionals, Christopher C. Clark and Mike Culberson, have been selected as the new assistant fire chiefs of La Vergne. The positions were left vacant following the purchase of the La Vergne Fire Department by the city.
“Together, Assistant Chief Clark and Assistant Chief Culberson bring more than 50 years of fire and special operations experience to the table,” said Fire Chief Rick McCormick. “They bring leadership skills and experience in water emergencies, tactical response situations, fire suppression, training, and medical emergency. They will both be huge assets to our team of fire and rescue operations professionals.”
Assistant Chief Clark has been employed at Rutherford County EMS for 21 years. He was instrumental in the development of the Rutherford County EMS Special Operations Response, Swift Water Awareness and Preparedness Class, Trench Rescue Awareness, and rescue responses plans and procedures for Rutherford County EMS and Rutherford County Public Safety. Clark has most recently served as commander of a 23-member technical rescue team. In addition, Clark has been involved with Rutherford County Fire Department since 1989. He was instrumental in the development and became the Deputy Fire Chief of the new Rutherford County Fire department. The Deputy Chief’s position involved coordination and response of more than 100 volunteer firemen and other agencies. Clark and his wife Emily have two daughters, Abbie and Maggie.
Assistant Chief Culberson has more than 34-years of service with the Franklin Fire Department. Most recently, he manages the day-to-day operations of suppression and EMS functions of the department, as well as supervising fire and EMS training divisions. Culberson is a state licensed EMT-IV, an adjunct instructor with the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy, and has numerous additional certifications. He fought many notable fires in Franklin, including the 1988 Jewell’s Tobacco Warehouse, alongside his father J.W. Culberson who served as fire chief of Franklin from 1976 to 1989. Culberson and his wife Chouree have two daughters, Sara and Joanna, and one son, Michael.
“We are committed to bringing top professionals to the city to serve our residents,” said Mayor Senna Mosley. “I am in awe of our good fortune in bringing Mike and Chris to be a part of our emergency services staff. There is a lot of work to be done as we hire more firefighters and continue to build our team into what I expect will be the best municipal fire department in the state of Tennessee.”
Culberson will serve as assistant chief of administration, serving at Station 2 on Waldron Road. Clark will be assistant chief of operations, serving at Station 1 on Stones River Road.