Meet Our 2012 Twelve Days of Fire-Dex Winner, Carson Cross
Though only 20, the 2012 grand prize winner of Fire-Dex’s head to toe Fire-Dex gear, is no stranger to fire service. While officially starting as a Junior Firefighter at the age of 14 on the Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department, Lieutenant Carson Cross began observing training sessions with his father and brother at their local Appalachian Volunteer Fire Department in the mountains of east Tennessee when he was 13.
Growing up in a family of firefighters, Carson explains, “There just wasn’t any other option than to become a firefighter.” All the way back to his great, great, great grandfather who was a firefighter in Sweden, the men in Carson’s family have been deeply involved in fire service, on his father’s and mother’s side for generations. Carson’s brother is a firefighter in Texas, his father who started firefighting in college is currently his fire department’s Chief, three of his uncles are firefighters and his grandfather was a fire Chief for over 20 years in the Adirondack Mountains. Carson states that his mother’s job, while growing up in the Adirondacks, was to get up at all hours of the night and ring the town’s fire siren. Fire calls went directly to their personal home phones before the days of 9-1-1.
Carson was recently promoted to lieutenant and is a member of the Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department in Hartford, Tennessee. This rural mountain fire department was started in 1979 by the local Ruritan Club. Though a small department of two engines, two tankers, a squad and a brush truck, Grassy Fork is not only involved in protecting their fire district, but also active in helping surrounding fire districts. Much of the department’s boundaries are on the Tennessee and North Carolina state line. Due to their proximity, Grassy Fork responds to mutual aide calls in the I-40 Gorge, mountain rescues in the national park and fire and medical calls from a nearby mountain community.
Along with firefighting, Carson is interested in Bomb and Arson Investigation, Search and Rescue and is currently training Ember, a one and a half year old Golden Retriever, as a SAR service dog.
Back in December, Carson was the grand prize winner during the 12 Days of Fire-Dex on Facebook. Carson won a helmet, hood, turnout gear, gloves, and boots. Our Fire-Dex distributor in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Mid-South Emergency Equipment, was kind enough to send our long-time Fire-Dex friend and sales representative, Franklin Scott, out to get Carson measured for his new gear and make sure he got the exact gear he wanted.
Congratulations again to our 2012 12 Days of Fire-Dex winner Carson Cross.