Jimmy Brissie is the Emergency Services Director of Henderson County North Carolina. He has lived his life in service of the county and beyond. At age 15, he joined the Henderson County Rescue Squad and has served ever since. He has served as an instructor, paramedic, law enforcement lieutenant, firefighter and business owner. Lifelong service and dedication to the community is the hallmark of his career.
While these accomplishments are impressive, Jimmy should be commended for going above and beyond on the small things. The small things like taking out the trash after a large event so that the cleaning staff is not overwhelmed, or lightening the mood in a room with a joke or turn of phrase. His confident and calm leadership inspires collaboration and cooperation. From search and rescue operations to major festivals to pandemics, he is there listening and collaborating to meet community needs.
Through COVID-19, Jimmy has repeatedly shown his dedication through leadership. Henderson County was one of the first in western North Carolina to make drive-through COVID-19 testing available to the public. Special care and consideration are taken for those most vulnerable. The Latino population, homeless and long-term care facility residents being served is impressive. He not only collaborates with the health department and other emergency services agencies but also creates solutions with non-profits and other community organizations.