Daily Dispatch: Kentucky News
Louisville fire department celebrating 100 years of service
Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
A local fire department is celebrating a big birthday and a century of history on Saturday, and they want you to join the party. The St. Matthews Fire Department, founded in 1919, is celebrating 100 years of service. Past and present members of the department, including members of St. Matthews EMS and the former Lyndon Fire Department, will come together on October 12 for a Centennial Celebration Reunion.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHAS- TV 11 ABC News
Crews fight fire at Henderson playground
Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Firefighters in Henderson were called Thursday afternoon to the playground at Kimmel Park. Henderson Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Aaron Thompson tells us they were dispatched just before 2 p.m. He tells us as crews approached the scene, they saw heavy smoke. When they got there, the assistant chief says a large part of the playground was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 14 Fox ABC
An emergency in Lexington’s 911 Center? As number of calls jump, more staff needed
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Lexington's 911 emergency center is struggling to keep up as fewer call takers and dispatchers attempt to answer a swelling number of calls and help an increasing number of police and firefighters, city officials said Tuesday. The Enhanced 911 Center answered 477,711 calls last year. Of those, more than 217,000 are 911 or emergency calls.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Harold Leader
Oldham County: Fire departments deal with volunteer shortage
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 19:48:10 -0700
VIDEO: "We certainly need more volunteers, that's for sure," Assistant Chief Kevin Parker said. "Volunteer firefighters are in very high demand." He says his department, along with others in Oldham County, are feeling the pinch. "We almost can't put enough firefighters on the scene of a fire, and that's the bottom line.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 7:48:10 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV 41 News Louisville
Former West Knox Volunteer firefighter posthumously honored
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:06:06 -0700
Former West Knox Volunteer firefighter Ray Hollingsworth was posthumously honored this past week in a state and national memorial. A Corbin native, Hollingsworth, who lost his battle with cancer in 2018, was honored by having his name added to the state’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Frankfort on Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 1:06:06 PM - SOURCE: Corbin Times Tribune
Buechel firefighters help refugees learn lifesaving skills
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:39:33 -0700
VIDEO: Buechel firefighters used cookies and popcorn as tools to teach lifesaving information to the growing refugee population from the Congo. Firefighters have responded to a number of apartment fires in the Norfolk neighborhood during recent weeks. The Buechel Fire Department says 75 percent of the area is home to a majority of Congolese immigrants.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 6:39:33 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Louisville fire prevention week honors fallen firefighters, highlights PTSD
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:39:20 -0700
Last year, more firefighters died by suicide than in the line of duty. Still, many are living in our country and in Louisville that struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It comes with fighting fires and seeing horrific, traumatizing scenarios. "The first responders, the people that are the helpers, it's hard for us to ask for help because we're the ones that are supposed to be taking care of others," said Brian O'Neill, president of Louisville Professional Firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 2:39:20 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Louisville woman celebrates 80th birthday with trip to firehouse that helped name her
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:47:23 -0700
VIDEO: A Louisville woman's 80th birthday wish brought things full circle. Ashton said her father was a firefighter at the station and served in the Navy. "He was stationed here from the time he went into the fire department until, I'm sure after he got back from World War II," Ashton said. Louisville Fire Major Bobby Cooper shared her father's personnel file as an extra gift.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 7:47:23 PM - SOURCE: WLKY.com Louisville Channel
Gas leak forces evacuation of Lexington homes and businesses
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:01:13 -0700
VIDEO: A gas leak forced around 80 people in homes and businesses nearby Rosemont Gardens and Southland Drive to evacuate. Firefighters say drivers made calls about the smell of natural gas. “Just smelled like straight propane gas. We actually all started getting a little dizzy,” said Victoria Everman who works near the gas line leak.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 9:01:13 AM - SOURCE: WTVQ-TV 36 News Lexington
One firefighter taken to hospital after a fire at Federal Mogul in Glasgow
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:45:41 -0700
The Glasgow Fire Department responded to a call of smoke showing at Federal Mogul. Firefighters found an outside covered area with approximately 800 to 1000 wood pallets on fire. The Glasgow Fire Department extinguished the fire and was able to contain it. The fire was caused by the storage of smoldering materials placed too closely to the wood pallets.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 9:45:41 AM - SOURCE: WBKO-TV Bowling Green
Fayette County: Rain only offers temporary relief for national forests
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
We have seen quite a few inches of much needed rainfall over the past couple of days throughout the Bluegrass. Those impacts are going to be mostly seen on the burn bans in certain cities and counties. On Monday morning, Fayette County lifted a burn ban that had been in effect since September 19. "With the rain, the cooler temperatures, the higher relative humidity we are not going to reinstate that burn ban at this point in time," Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jordan Saas said.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV Newsroom
Webster County fire agencies battle wildfire involving several acres
Sat, 05 Oct 2019 18:39:58 -0700
Firefighters in Webster County battled a field fire involving several acres off Smith Brantley Road today near Blackford. Wheatcroft Fire Department Chief Kerry W. DeHaven reported the agency requested mutual aid from Dixon and Clay fire departments to gain control of the 10-plus acre blaze shortly after 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2019 6:39:58 PM - SOURCE: Surf KY News
Buechel family looking to rebuild after losing home in fire
Sat, 05 Oct 2019 20:37:25 -0700
VIDEO: A family is now looking to rebuild after losing everything in a devastating in Buechel. A day later, the smell of burning wood is still strong on Applegrove Lane. What's left of a family's home sits behind yellow tape, their charred belongings on the grass. Although it took firefighters just minutes to put out the flames, for John Peter, the events of Friday evening remain a blur.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2019 8:37:25 PM - SOURCE: WLKY.com Louisville Channel
Zoneton firefighters post high-visibility addresses at homes to aid first responders
Sat, 05 Oct 2019 18:44:35 -0700
Some Bullitt County neighborhoods are now safer after Zoneton firefighters spent Saturday posting addresses at more than 20 area homes. The new address signs are retroreflective to increase visibility, which helps first responders find emergency scenes faster. The project was made possible through a grant fund.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2019 6:44:35 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
US 68 reopens after large fire in Mercer County
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Crews have contained a large fire in Mercer County. The fire in Mercer County has caused U.S. 68 to shut down. The fire started near the intersection of U.S. 68 and Chinn Lane. Fire crews say a combine harvester and a soybean field caught fire. Crews believe the combine harvester exploded, which caused the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV Newsroom
Drought Declarations Issued for Multiple Kentucky Counties
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 14:47:14 -0700
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Office of the State Climatologist, in coordination with the Kentucky drought mitigation team, have issued a Level 2 drought declaration for 78 counties and a Level 1 declaration for 42 counties. A Level 2 drought declaration has been issued for areas in eastern, central and parts of western Kentucky and could lead to substantial agricultural losses, diminished stream flows in small streams and rivers and increases in the occurrence of wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 2:47:14 PM - SOURCE: Richmond Connected
Pulaski County: Crews fight blaze in Daniel Boone National Forest
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Fire officials in Kentucky say they are battling a 400-acre (162-hectare) blaze in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The fire began several days ago in Pulaski County on forest land west of the Rockcastle River and could take several more days to extinguish. Leif Meadows with the U.S. Forest Service says there are potentially 12 structures threatened by the fire, but so far crews have been able to protect them.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV News 18 LEX
City of Henderson, Smith Mills firefighters team up for high-angle crane rescue
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:49:53 -0700
City and county firefighters worked together to rescue a man having a medical emergency while 30 feet in the air. Smith Mills Fire Chief Mike Coghill said the rescue occurred at Henderson Materials, off Old Geneva Road. A crane operator started experiencing a medical issue and couldn't safely exit the crane.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 1:49:53 PM - SOURCE: Henderson Gleaner
Fallen firefighters from across state honored at annual memorial service in Frankfort
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 17:13:47 -0700
Beneath a blistering sky, roughly 200 people attended the 19th annual Kentucky Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Juniper Hill Park. Some stood in the shade while others sat on chairs and bleachers in front of the granite obelisk memorial topped by a stainless steel Maltese cross, the national symbol of firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 5:13:47 PM - SOURCE: The State-Journal
First responders waiting for rain in order to place new waterway mile markers in Bullitt County
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 17:45:54 -0700
Local fire departments are also having to put at least one major project on hold until the area sees a decent rainfall. Waterway mile markers are coming to Floyds Fork and Salt River in Bullitt County. The signs arrived at Shepherdsville Fire Department. "They've put mile markers in the Jefferson County side of it, but nobody has come down and marked it into the Bullitt County side," said Kevin Moulton, fire marshal for the Zoneton Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 5:45:54 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
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