Trey Nelms is a second-generation firefighter with more than 28 years in career and volunteer fire departments throughout Middle Tennessee, working his way from probie to chief of department. He is employed by the Nashville, TN, Fire Department, where he has served since 1994. He has functioned as a dispatcher, firefighter, adjunct instructor, fire captain and district chief. He also serves as the assistant chief of operations and training for the Pleasant View, TN, Volunteer Fire Department, where he has served for 15 years. Nelms has a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and is a certified fire officer IV, instructor II and paramedic.