Kentucky News

Friday, May 29, 2020

Child Injured In Cerulean House Fire

VIDEO: A child was rushed to the hospital after being pulled from a burning house on Princeton Road in Cerulean Friday morning. Cerulean Firefighters say two people who lived in the area noticed the fire and alerted the people inside along with helping them get out. The home was fully engulfed along with two vehicles when firefighters arrived. A 7-year-old child was taken by ambulance to a waiting helicopter that flew her to a Nashville hospital for injuries. Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies say the child was alert and talking before leaving the scene. A man was also injured as he helped get the child out of the home but he didn’t want to be taken to the hospital. The home is located at the intersection of Princeton Road and Bainbridge Road. The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.
WKDZ 106.5 FM Real Country

Louisville Metro Council weighs combining fire, emergency medical services, but is told move would not save money

City leaders are weighing combining local fire and emergency medical services, but some officials said the move would not reduce expenses. Louisville Metro Council’s budget committee discussed the idea Wednesday. “I'm hearing from experts from the fire community, including the union frankly, who say this is the best practice,” said Councilman Anthony Piagentini, R-19. “And, it stands to maintain the same level of service but increase efficiency and save the city millions of dollars potentially.” However, Louisville Metro Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt said the city would not save money unless firefighters switched to 12-hour shifts, “which is not statutorily where Fire is.” Fire Chief Greg Frederick said a switch to 12-hour shifts would require the department to hire more people, which would offset the savings.
WDRB-TV Fox 41 Louisville

New fire station opens in Gott community of Warren County

Fire protection and emergency response capabilities are getting an upgrade in the Gott community of northern Warren County, which has seen plenty of residential growth in recent years. The Gott Volunteer Fire Department, long limited to a single fire station on Porter Pike, has opened a second station near Sunnyside-Gott and Kelly roads. It will improve emergency response capabilities in the community while also paying homage to a former Gott VFD firefighter who died during a training exercise nearly 20 years ago. "We've been trying to do this for the last three or four years," said Gott VFD Chief Jason Duckett. "With this station, about 90 percent of the residents in the Gott community will now be within five miles of a fire station." The three-bay station is particularly important for residents along Kelly Road, an area that has grown as the Kentucky Transpark industrial park has developed.
Bowling Green Daily News

Man believed to have drowned in Kentucky River near Wilmore

Officials are searching for an individual who they believed drowned in Kentucky River just outside of Wilmore. The search for the individual began at 6 pm, but the search has been suspended due to the darkness. Continued search is expected to pick back up at 8 am Friday morning. "At this point unfortunately we are considering this a recovery operation," Assistant Chief of the Jessamine County Fire District Danny Eades said. "We've suspended operations tonight due to the darkness and the conditions of the water. We're going to start back up tomorrow morning first thing." The river currently has a severe undercurrent which tends to be extremely hard on swimmers. According to a witness, a group of people were hanging at a lock and the individual decided to jump in the water on his own. The individual is an adult male. His name cannot be released.
WLEX-TV NBC 18 Lexington

Jefferson County area rescue teams issues safety warnings to swimmers

This summer will look different for most of us. That includes our rescue teams in WAVE Country. The Jefferson County Fire Service says they get about 50 calls each year involving water incidents. With area pools closed this year, fire departments said they will absolutely get more because people will be using waterways, ponds, lakes and rivers as alternatives and without lifeguards. Local firefighters said if you're going to swim be familiar with the specific waterway. You should never swim alone in case you need someone to call for help. Swimmers should be mindful of weather and water conditions because different waterways can impact your ability to swim in different ways. In smaller bodies of water the conditions change faster. "Currents can be very deadly,” Lt. Colonel Kent Kruer of the Anchorage Middletown Fire Department said.
WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Paducah City Commission approves municipal order to apply for SAFER grant

The Paducah City Commission approved a municipal order to apply for a grant of more than $767,000 to fund firefighter staffing. If awarded, the $767,836.17 the city is requesting in a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will be used to hire three firefighters and cover their salaries for three years. Commissioners also voted to terminate the city's contract with Huffman Construction. The nearly $5 million contract was for was for rehabilitation work at Pump Station Two, which is at 1416 North 6th St. The city says leaders chose to end the contract because of default and material breach of contract on the part of Huffman Construction. The city is working to find another contractor to complete the project.
WPSD-TV NBC 6 Paducah

Louisville Fire Department working to keep crews healthy physically & mentally

Now, more than ever, it's more dangerous to be a first responder. The men and women of the Louisville Fire Department are not only working side by side, they are living together for 24 hour shifts. It's why, after every run, trucks and equipment are thoroughly cleaned inside and out. Communal spaces, including the kitchen and bunk room are disinfected constantly. Major Bobby Copper said the extra precautions seem to be paying off, "Some people will say we’ve been really lucky we like to think we’re just good. We’ve had two positive cases on the Louisville Fire Department. Only two positive cases and we're working with sick populations day in and day out." Personal protective gear is being utilized on every call and before reporting to duty, each firefighter undergoes a health screening, including a temperature check.
WLKY-TV CBS 32 Louisville

Busy 30 hours for Mt. Vernon Fire Department

Don’t tell the Mt. Vernon Fire Department nothing ever happens in small towns. In its case, when it rains, it pours. Starting Memorial Day afternoon, through early Tuesday night, firefighters in the town of 2,500 in Rockcastle County had plenty to say grace over. Around 9 Tuesday night, MVFD crews were dispatched to Lake Linville to help five people who were on a pontoon boat that had broken down, the department said on its Facebook page. Fire personnel were able to meet at the dock and send two separate pontoons to the stranded boaters. One pontoon transported the boaters back while the other towed the broken down boat. At about 5 a.m. Tuesday, crews were dispatched to a reported brush fire on Hysinger Hollow Road in Mount Vernon.
WTVQ-TV ABC 36 Lexington

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