(WBIR-Knox County) Knox County Fire Chief Jerry Harnish will serve as interim division general manager for Rural/Metro of Tennessee.
Harnish has served as Knox County fire chief for six years. His career in fire and emergency operations spans 33 years. Harnish started his career as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with Rural/Metro in 1980. He rose through the ranks of the fire department and was named fire chief in 2007.
Rural/Metro's previous division general manger Rob Webb resigned from his position on Monday, Sept. 30.
In August, Rural/Metro announced it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The corporation anticipates it will complete its restructuring process this year.
The national corporation based in Scottsdale, Ariz. is the leading national provider of 991-emergency and non-emergency ambulance services and private fire protection services. Rural/Metro operates in 21 states and nearly 700 communities, employing more than 800 firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, among other staff.