Tuesday morning the Letcher Fire and Rescue Ambulance Service celebrates a milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. They upgraded their services from basic life support to advanced life support. The difference between what could mean life and death to a patient.
“It’s something for this community that we have not been able to offer and we’re excited that we can offer it to our residents now,” said Shawn Gilley, Executive Director of Letcher Fire & Rescue Ambulance Service.
Now they are able to provide the next level of emergency care for their patients. Offering IVs and medications they were not once able to provide, but now with paramedics on board, they can.
“We’ve had more requests for a certificate of needs for ambulance services in Eastern Kentucky then I’ve ever seen since I’ve been elected,” said Johnny Ray Turner, Kentucky State Senate Representative for the 29th District.
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Everything has a life cycle — especially equipment used during an emergency.
For county fire departments, replacing equipment can be expensive without the help of grants like the ones recently issued from the Kentucky Department of Forestry. Those awarded the grants were Corydon Civil Defense, the Smith Mills Volunteer Fire Department, Niagara Volunteer Fire Department, Robards Volunteer Fire Department and the Spottsville Volunteer Fire Department.
"It's a $5,000 matching grant," said Robards Fire Chief David Denton. "So we spend 10,000 and we get reimbursed $5,000."
The money is to be used for equipment.
"We are going to buy turnout gear," Denton said. "Some of ours is between 12-15 years old. It will cost us about $1,900 a set. We'll spend some of our own money because we need eight new sets.
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Lexington fire crews are on the scene of a fire at the Trane Plant on Mercer Road.
According to Battalion Chief Jordan Saas with the Lexington Fire Department, a few companies responded to the 1500 block of Mercer Road to a report of a structure fire around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. Saas reports a machine on the manufacturing floor caught fire and was extinguished with fire sprinklers that had been activated.
Fire crews extinguished the remaining fire that was found and continue to work to ventilate the structure from the smoke, according to Saas.
Fire crews report no word of any injuries at this time.
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