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Emergency response functions within Brentwood Fire & Rescue include fire suppression, emergency medical first response, technical rescue and hazardous materials response. This is primarily a responsibility of each shift, which operates on a 48 hour-on / 96 hour-off schedule. Each shift (A, B, and C) is led by a Battalion Chief, who serves as the Shift Commander.


Assistant Chief David Windrow came to Brentwood in 1996 as the Training and Safety Officer. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant from the Air Force Reserve and previously served as a Battalion Chief in the Department of Public Safety at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. David holds a Master of Public Administration and a BS in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas. He also has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Protection Technology. Chief Windrow has also obtained his Executive Fire Officer (EFO) designation through the National Fire Academy, and in 2010, earned his Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation through the Commission on Professional Credentialing at the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Shift Commanders


A-Shift Battalion Chief Scott Ellis joined Brentwood Fire and Rescue in January of 1992 with the addition of Station 3. A native to the middle Tennessee area, he rose through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and as July of 2011, promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief, serving as the Shift Commander for C-Shift. Chief Ellis manages the department’s Special Operations / Technical Rescue program, and is a Specialist on the Hazardous Materials Team. He also maintains his Paramedic certification, and serves as a lead instructor for the Citizen’s Fire Academy.

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B-Shift Battalion Chief Brian Collins began his fire service career in 1995 in Kentucky, joining Brentwood in 2002 as one of the sixteen firefighters hired with the construction of Station 4. After serving as a Firefighter, Engineer, and Lieutenant, Brian promoted to Battalion Chief in October, 2013, as the Shift Commander for B-Shift. He holds a BS in Fire Protection Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and is currently a student in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. A paramedic, Chief Collins is also a member of the department’s Hazardous Materials Team, and an Incident Command instructor. He has worked with state & national fire service organizations on various projects/committees, and has taught classes at the local, state, and national levels.

Coming Soon

C-Shift Battalion Chief David W. Harber began his career with Brentwood Fire and Rescue in July of 1995 after having served in the Army Reserves and completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. Born and raised in Tennessee, he moved through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief in January 2014, serving as the Shift Commander for C-Shift. Chief Harber currently serves as the Program Manager for the Awards and Recognition Committee. He spent three years as a firefighter for the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department and is a member of the Army National Guard, serving two tours of duty in Iraq.

Training & Risk Management


Division Chief Russ Peterson is a 30-year fire service veteran with experience working with career, volunteer and contract fire departments. He began working with the Brentwood Fire Department in 1987, moving through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer and Lieutenant. Chief Peterson holds a BA from The University of Tennessee, a graduate certificate from The University of North Carolina, MS degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Jacksonville State University and an MPA degree from Jacksonville State University. He is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager through the Institute for Hazardous Materials Management and is an alumnus of the National Fire Academy.


Last updated: 7/8/2015 2:02:28 PM