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.
Deputy Fire Chief David Windrow
Chief 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.
Battalion Chief Scott Ellis
Scott Ellis serves and Battalion Chief for A-shift. 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 Brentwood's Citizen’s Fire Academy and the Tennessee Fire & Codes Academy.
Battalion Chief Brian Collins
Brian Collins serves and Battalion Chief for B-shift. 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/Paramedic, Engineer, and Lieutenant, Brian promoted to Battalion Chief in October 2013, as the Shift Commander for B-Shift. Chief Collins obtained his BS in Fire Protection Administration from Eastern Kentucky University & his MPA from Tennessee State University. A graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program, he also holds the “Chief Fire Officer” designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, & has presented a variety of courses at the local, state, & national levels.
Battalion Chief David W. Harber
David Harber serves and Battalion Chief for C-shift. 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. In 2016, Chief Harber obtained his Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. David 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.
Division Chief Nicholas Adams
Chief Nicholas Adams serves as Brentwood's training Chief.
Division Chief Jeff Pender
Chief Pender serves as Brentwood's Fire Marshal and head of Community Risk Reduction program. Fire safety inspections and public education activities are a large part of every employee’s job at Brentwood Fire & Rescue. Code enforcement is a valuable method of preventing fires, which prevents death and injury to our citizens and our firefighters.
See our staff organizational chart for more information.