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RCFR’s Molder Promoted to Lieutenant

Rutherford County Fire Rescue (RCFR) announced Friday the promotion of Engineer Chris Molder to the position of Lieutenant.

Molder, on with RCFR for just over four years, started his career as a firefighter and quickly rose to the rank of engineer.

“Chris completed several classes, certifications, and training at the officer level to prepare him for this new role,” said RCFR Captain Matthew Lupo. “He has been involved in various roles from firefighter on the hand line and operating the pump panel on numerous fires to acting as officer,” said Lupo, noting that Molder’s experience is well-rounded.

“Chris was recently involved in rescuing a man who fell off of a ravine and was stuck for around 12 hours,” Lupo continued. “Chris took the lead on the rescue until command staff arrived.”

RCFR Chief Larry Farley commented, “Chris has shown an excellent work ethic, a positive attitude, and takes obvious pride in completing all his tasks and assignments.” Chief Farley also said the promotional process was tough and competition was close in the assessment phase, but he knows, “Chris will excel in this position, and I look forward to seeing him in action.”

“I am very proud of all of the men and women who serve our County under the umbrella of our Fire Rescue department,” said Mayor Bill Ketron. “I wish Lieutenant Molder much success in his new role.”


In July 2010, five volunteer fire departments and two rescue squads in Rutherford County were combined together to form  Rutherford County Fire Rescue. The department is headed by Fire Chief Larry Farley in a full time paid position. Currently, there are 50 paid personnel and 20 volunteers. Station 51 on Barfield Rd, Station 52 on East Jefferson Pike and Station 60 Special Operations on Fortress Blvd. are fully staffed fire stations. Since its inception, the department has been making great strides in improving services to citizens of the county by increasing training requirements and staffing availability.  

The county is also blessed with the resources of five other Volunteer Fire Departments. These departments consist of volunteers who expend countless hours of training and response time outside of their normal lives. They selflessly risk their own personal safety on each and every run they make.  Just like our full time staff, these volunteers are dedicated to protecting life and property for the citizens of Rutherford County. These Volunteer Fire Departments receive limited funding from outside sources and depend largely on contributions/donations from the people they serve.