Travis M. Ford

Travis Ford is currently serving as a district chief on shift at Station 9, known as “The Bottoms,” with the Nashville Fire Department in the busiest district and at the busiest house in the city with 39 stations. Station 9 finished fifth on the list of busiest firehouses in Firehouse Magazine in 2014. He has ascended the ranks over his 30-year career in Nashville. He has been responsible for developing and presenting programs in leadership for company and chief officer training and high-rise operations around the country, and served as vice-chair of the high-rise committee for the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). Mr. Ford has also served as the vice-chair of the National Fire Science Associate’s Degree Program Committee and is currently serving on the High School to College Pathways Committee as part of the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education professional development committee in the development of model fire science course curriculum.


Mr. Ford is the director of the Fire Science Technology Program at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. In addition, he serves as an adjunct instructor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Emergency Training Center in several areas, including the National Incident Management System, Incident Command for High-Rise Operations, and Fire Protection Systems for Emergency Operations. Mr. Ford holds an associate’s degree in Fire Science from Tennessee State University, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from the University of Memphis, and a master’s of science degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Tennessee. He has also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.