Fire chief: Changing Powell County emergency response policy could save lives
Stanton's fire chief says in the past several months, several people died of cardiac arrest before an ambulance could get there. So the chief asked county leaders on Tuesday evening to allow the fire department to respond to those calls, as well, when an ambulance is not available. An attorney representing a family that is considering a lawsuit provided to WKYT a recording of a 911 call in which the dispatcher said no ambulances were available in the county at the time.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT
Pet dies in Prospect fire
Eight fire crews battled a fire Wednesday morning in Norton Commons. The fire started just after midnight at a home on Civic Way near Brownsboro Road and I-71. Heavy fire was coming from the garage when firefighters arrived. It took 35 firefighters about 45 minutes to put out the flames. They say strong winds made the fire hard to fight.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2017 8:27:30 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Fire Damages Home in Madisonville
Madisonville Fire Department responded to an alarm at 8:58 this morning for a fire possibly caused by a water heater at a Springlake Street home. MFD reported smoke was showing upon their arrival at 9:01 a.m. Crews knocked down the flames from a side doorway, and used fans to clear smoke from the home.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2017 6:44:24 AM - SOURCE: Surf KY News
Trigg County Mobile Home Total Loss After Fire
Volunteer firefighters battled a mobile home fire in Trigg County Monday morning. The Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department responded to 99 Melody Lane, off of Adams Mill Road, before 11:30am. Chief Doug Latham says the fire is under investigation. He notes no one was inside the mobile home a the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2017 3:44:22 PM - SOURCE: WKDZ-FM 106.5 Real Country
Fire officials respond to Bowling Green warehouse fire
Smoke and flames filled a Bowling Green building today as a warehouse on the corner of Tobacco Road and High Rail Way caught fire. The Bowling Green Fire Department responded to reports of smoke in a large building this afternoon around 1 p.m. Upon arrival, officials say heavy smoke and flames were coming from the building.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2017 6:22:42 AM - SOURCE: WBKO-TV Bowling Green
Montgomery County Cabin Destroyed In Fire
A cabin was destroyed Tuesday morning after it caught fire. Officials say it started around 2 a.m. on Adena Hills Drive in Jeffersonville. It's not clear what started the fire, but officials say it didn't take long before the cabin was engulfed with flames. The homeowner wasn't home at the time, and no injuries have been reported.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2017 3:50:32 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Nicholasville: Heating Lamp Sparks Garage Fire
A fire broke out overnight in the garage of a home in Nicholasville. Firefighters say that fire happened around 11:30 p.m. Monday night at a home in Tates Creek Estates They say a heating lamp was being used to keep some animals in the detached garage warm when it caught fire. Officials say a nearby home has some minor damage to the siding but the garage is considered a loss.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2017 3:50:31 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Owensboro Fire Department Credits Advanced Training for Save Rates
Officials with the Owensboro Fire Department say advanced life support training curricula they received in September may be contributing to unusually high save rates for medical calls in the city. For the month of October, crews staffed with trainees were able to successfully resuscitate 83 percent of the time, compared to an 11 percent national average.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Lebanon Junction firefighters save pit bull from burning home
A pit bull named Diesel was saved from a burning home in Lebanon Junction this weekend. Firefighters responded to the scene on Bank Street around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. They say they were met by intense flames and smoke, and the 3-year-old dog was the only one home. He was found unresponsive in his crate, but once firefighters got him outside and gave him water and oxygen, he was back up and walking around by the time his owner arrived.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2017 9:31:17 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Madisonville Firefighter Wins United Way Chili Cook-Off
More than a dozen crocks of chili lined the tables at Farmer’s Market this week, but only one community champion walked off with the traveling trophy for the best-tasting creation. The main goal of the United Way of the Coalfield Chili Cook-Off was to raise funds to help others in need. For $5, several patrons streamed into the Hopkins County Fairgrounds to check out what contestants offered, ranging from sweet, mild concoctions and habanero blends to peppery chicken-flavored specialties.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2017 3:19:09 AM - SOURCE: Surf KY News
Lexington Road Reopens After Gas Line Break
Fire officials said early Saturday afternoon that all lanes on Winchester Road have been reopened following a gas leak caused by a worker's error. Officials said a worker with Kentucky American Water was digging when he hit a gas line, creating a leak just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters shut down Winchester Road from Interstate Highway 75 to Polo Club Boulevard for hours as crews work to stop the leak.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2017 7:20:18 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Elderly woman critically injured in Frankfort house fire
Firefighters in Frankfort pulled an elderly woman from a house fire early Thursday morning. Chief Wayne Briscoe of the Frankfort Fire & EMS says the call originally came in as a medical alert but when they arrived at the home at 218 Eastover Drive, they discovered it was a house fire. They say the woman was the only person in the home.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 4:15:24 PM - SOURCE: WTVQ-TV Lexington
Stuck pup gets help from Elliottville Fire Department
A fire department in Rowan County made an emergency rescue Thursday morning after a dog was found stuck in a drainage pipe. The Elliottville Fire Department said in a Facebook post that the dog had spent the night wedged in the pipe “and was very cold and weak.” Firefighters did some “tough digging” to get the muddy canine free, before returning her to her owners.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 3:01:39 PM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald-Leader (
Crews Battle Barn Fire At Lexington Farm
Crews are on the scene of a barn fire in Lexington. Firefighters were called to a barn off Dixiana Domino Road. Flames are visible and multiple units are responding. Police tell LEX 18 that they received the call around 4 a.m. Thankfully, the barn was used for storing hay and not animals. Trucks are having to leave the scene to fill their tanks with water and return due to a lack of a water source near the building.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 4:03:54 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
House fire extinguished in Ashland
A house fire on Greenup Avenue in Ashland left at least two families without a home Friday morning. The blaze started sometime before 9 a.m. at 2236 Greenup Avenue. Resident Gene Shoemaker said he and his wife Tamyra were watching television and drinking coffee in the downstairs portion of the home "when someone started beating on my door saying the place was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 7:04:08 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Independent
Dog rescued from burning house by Okolona, Zoneton firefighters
Two WAVE Country fire agencies had a hand in rescuing a dog from a house fire on Wednesday. Reports of the fire on Chesley Drive in Okolona came in around noon, according to officials. The homeowner told officials she had two dogs, but was only able to escape with one of them, according to Okolona Fire Marshal Mike Allendorf.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 3:17:16 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Martin Sees Second Abandoned Structure Fire In A Month
An abandoned structure fire caused traffic delays in the city of Martin. EKB News reports that it is the second sts abandoned structure fire in a month. The building, known as the old Hayes Barber Shop, was ablaze when firefighters arrived. Crews were able to quickly put it out. It was certainly a familiar sight for firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 3:04:45 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Mason County joins opioid lawsuit
Mason County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to join a lawsuit that aims to hold opioid manufacturers financially responsible for the costs associated with the current drug epidemic. Assistant County Attorney Jackie Sue Shadoan said the lawsuit is part of a nationwide push and is modeled after the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s concerning advertising, marketing and promotion of tobacco products that eventually brought about the tobacco settlements with 46 state attorneys general, including Kentucky.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 4:12:00 AM - SOURCE: Maysville Ledger-Independent
Firefighters carefully remove victim from car after 4-vehicle crash in Lexington
Firefighters quickly removed a woman trapped in a car after a four-vehicle crash involving a school bus on outbound Richmond Road Wednesday morning. The road was shut down while the wreckage was cleared. Traffic was temporarily diverted through the Home Depot parking lot area, the Lexington Traffic Management Center.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 9:43:57 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald-Leader (
Fire destroys Whitley County home
A Whitley County home was destroyed Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out at a Joe Young Road residence off KY-90. Firefighters with Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department and Woodbine Volunteer Fire Department worked to contain the blaze, but the house was mostly gutted from the fire. An arson investigator was later requested to survey the scene.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 4:50:12 AM - SOURCE: Corbin Times Tribune
Madison County Firefighter Awarded For Heroic Actions
A firefighter was awarded Tuesday morning for his heroic actions while off-duty. Back in September, Timothy Schlomann was driving in Lexington when he noticed a car behind him swerving in the road. The car passed him and when they came to a red light, Schlomann got out and walked up to the car. The driver was having a diabetic emergency, so Schlomann took the keys out and called for help.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 12:56:23 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
911 services top priority for Lewis County Fiscal Court
Ambulance and 911 services had top billing at Lewis County Fiscal Court on Monday. Magistrates discussed community concerns that Portsmouth Ambulance response time in the county has been fairly slow – some saying it takes up to 30 minutes or longer for EMTs to arrive. Lewis County Judge-Executive Todd Ruckel said he has been in talks with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services and Kentucky Health and Family Services about concerns.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 4:11:40 AM - SOURCE: Maysville Ledger-Independent
2 horses killed in barn fire in Spencer County
Two horses are dead after a barn caught fire in Spencer County Monday afternoon. It happened just after 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 on Woodland Hill Road, which is near Kentucky 44 and east of Mount Washington. Investigators think a hot lawn mower caused the fire. No one was injured. Firefighters from Spencer County and nearby Mt.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 6:30:14 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Owensboro airport fire station work looms
Construction on Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport's new $5 million fire station—technically the Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Facility—should begin his month, Airport Manager Bob Whitmer said recently. It's expected to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019, he said. ARC Construction of Evansville won the contract Nov.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 10:33:41 PM - SOURCE: The Eagle Post
One killed in Bardstown shed fire
A man is dead after his shed caught on fire, Bardstown officials confirm. According to a release from the Bardstown Fire Department, firefighters responded to the call of a shed fire shortly before 3:00 p.m. Monday. Once on scene in the 100 block of Sunset Drive, crews found a 23 by 12 shed with heavy fire showing.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 8:36:46 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Henderson Firefighters to Present 'Star Wars' Program
A couple of weeks ago, the city of Henderson’s Public Information Office was contacted by a resident with a question atypical of most: “Why is Darth Vader hijacking a fire truck on Main Street?” The answer was easy. It meant the Fire Prevention Team at the Henderson Fire Department was at work again on their favorite creative outlet.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 4:29:25 AM - SOURCE: Surf KY News
Kentucky’s public pension debt grew by more than $5 billion last year
The unfunded pension liability of Kentucky’s state and local governments grew by more than $5 billion last year, adding urgency to the pension crisis that threatens to derail every other public service. As of June 30, Kentucky Retirement Systems had $26.75 billion more in future pension liabilities than it held in anticipated assets.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 9:24:26 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald-Leader (
Independence Firefighters To Hold Benefit Dinner For Family Killed In Crash
There will be a fundraiser to help pay for the burial expenses of a family recently killed in a tragic northern Kentucky crash. 27-year-old Samantha Malohn, 26-year-old Rodney Pollitt, and their three kids, 9-year-old Hailieann, 8 -year-old Brenden, and 6-year-old Cailie were all killed in a car crash on October 26 in Independence.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 7:23:57 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Crews respond to fire at Owensboro carpet warehouse
Firefighters battled a warehouse fire in Owensboro. Crews were called to a carpet warehouse on Salem Drive just after 3 Tuesday morning. There are a few carpet stores on Salem Drive. The department didn't specify which building was on fire. In a Facebook post, the fire department says crews found smoke from end to end of the building.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 6:32:50 AM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Man flown to hospital after Uniontown fire
A man with disabilities was rescued from his home during a fire in Uniontown. Two departments were called to 6th Street just after one Monday morning. A fire official believes it started in the back bedroom, where the man was at the time. He was able to make it to the front room, where firefighters could get to him.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 5:34:39 AM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
4 killed in south-central Kentucky plane crash identified
Four people are dead following a plane crash in the Fountain Run community of Barren County, police say. Police were notified of the plane going down around 2:20 p.m. near Bewelytown Road. The plane, a Piper PA32, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, struck multiple trees in a wooded area.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHAS-TV ABC 11
Fatal fires lead Lexington Fire Department to go door-to-door with smoke alarms
Concerned about the six home fire deaths in Lexington so far in 2017, firefighters on Saturday went door-to-door in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood to offer free smoke alarms and installation to any family that needs them. “It’s all part of the celebration of Lexington’s first Smoke Alarm Safety Day,” said Lexington Fire Department Lt.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2017 5:45:46 PM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald-Leader (
Hopkinsville House Damaged By Blaze
No injuries were reported following a Sunday morning house fire on Hayes Street. Hopkinsville Fire Department PIO Lt. Michael Pendleton says firefighters responded to 940 Hayes Streeet shortly after midnight. When firefighters arrived, they saw light smoke coming from eaves of the home. The resident of the home was outside and said no one else was inside the house.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2017 7:25:12 AM - SOURCE: WKDZ-FM 106.5 Real Country
Clarkson Fire Department gets new equipment
The Clarkson Fire Department has been able get some much needed upgrades to their equipment, using fire dues. Clarkson Fire Chief Andy Cain said, "The result of your continued support by paying the fire dues has enabled our department to grow and improve our level of service to the district we serve and provide support to the surrounding districts in Grayson County.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2017 2:40:44 AM - SOURCE: Grayson County News-Gazette
Overdose calls soar at Louisville firehouses
Firefighters at Capt. Brian O’Neill’s station south of the University of Louisville used to respond to few drug overdoses, but an opioid epidemic fueled by prescription pills and heroin changed that. As recently as 2012, crews with Engine 18 at S. Fourth Street and Montana Avenue made just seven overdose runs during the entire year.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 5:10:51 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Man Arrested on Arson, Weapons Charges After Fire Destroys Covington Home
Fire destroyed a home on Banklick Street in Covington on Tuesday night and now one man is behind bars. Firefighters and police responded to the 1400 block of Bankick where a home was entirely engulfed in flames. Witnesses told The River City News that police were already in the area, searching for someone on foot, when the fire broke out.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 1:00:53 PM - SOURCE: River City News
Clinton County Deputy Jailer arrested on arson and other charges
A Clinton County Deputy Jailer was arrested Tuesday at the Albany Police Department in connection with a fire that was believed to have been intentionally set inside a storage closet at the jail, said a Kentucky State Police press release. Adam L. Smith, 31, of Albany, has been charged with first-degree arson and 20 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, the press release said.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 4:25:13 AM - SOURCE: Glasgow Daily Times
West Kentucky Lawmakers Discuss Pension and Tax Reform in Packed Paducah Forum
Three west Kentucky lawmakers fielded questions in Paducah Tuesday night from a series of people representing teachers, state workers and retirees regarding Governor Matt Bevin's proposed pension reform plan. Republican State Senator Danny Carroll and Democratic Representatives Gerald Watkins and Will Coursey explained their positions on the measure for more than two hours in a packed Clemens Fine Arts Center on the WKCTC campus.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 4:09:06 AM - SOURCE: WKMS-FM 91.3 News for the Four Rivers Region
Owensboro: Some fear pension plan could hurt retention, hiring
Steve Mitchell, chief of the Owensboro Fire Department, was one of several local officials and department heads who went to the Owensboro Convention Center on Tuesday to hear Gov. Matt Bevin make his case for why the state's public pension systems need change. Bevin, who is expected to call a special legislative session this year for lawmakers to consider pension reform, said the public employee and teacher pensions are running deficits, which Bevin believes are $60 billion or higher.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2017 3:53:27 AM - SOURCE: The Messenger
New Homes May Be Coming to Fort Mitchell - but Fire Hydrants are an Issue
Eleven new single family homes could be on the way to Ft. Mitchell - but subdivision regulations related to water flow and fire hydrants could be a problem. Ashley Commercial Groups owns a 6-acre site at the end of Floral Avenue and hopes to build eleven new homes there. The homes would cost from the low $500,000s to the low-$700,000s, said Ashley's Bill Kreutzjans.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2017 7:06:32 AM - SOURCE: River City News
Henderson County students participate in emergency simulation
Fifty students at Henderson County High School are ready to handle an emergency situation thanks to Friday's simulation that focused mostly around a vehicle accident. The students had to deal with high-stress emergency situations. By doing this, they're now certified by the community emergency response team, after also completing a nine-week course.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2017 1:44:46 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Lexington honors three firefighters who died from cancer
On a foggy Lexington on Saturday, fire trucks lined Main Street to honor three firefighters who died — not from fire, but from the job-related cancers that are now recognized in more than 40 states as a cause of increased numbers of firefighter deaths. The names of Joseph M. Vissing, Matthew J. Logsdon and Assistant Chief James A.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2017 4:31:48 AM - SOURCE:
Firefighter Toy Drive Kicks Off In Lexington
Mayor Jim Gray was first in line to donate a toy this morning at the Fraternal Order of Firefighter’s temporary North Pole on Jaggy Fox Way. “This drive illustrates so much of what our firefighter community is all about; giving, giving to our city, giving to our citizens.” Gray handed over a shiny new fire truck to Firefighter Todd Houston who is also the FOF President.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2017 10:40:44 AM - SOURCE: WUKY-FM 91.3 NPR
Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue preps students for fire safety
Franklin and Simpson Elementary School students put their fire safety knowledge to the test in October through Smokehouse Training programs with local firefighter Shawn Gregory. As part of National Fire Prevention Month, Gregory works with students in the county's elementary schools each year, bringing a house trailer that simulates being in a fire situation.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2017 4:29:09 AM - SOURCE: Franklin Favorite
Fire crews demolish Daviess County auto shop to put out flames
Crews had to demolish an auto shop outside Utica after it caught fire. Utica firefighters got the call just after 10 Wednesday night that the shop on East Marksberry Road was fully engulfed in flames. The Utica fire chief tells us the outside of the building was "glowing red" when they got there, and they called several other departments for backup.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2017 5:02:53 AM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Groundbreaking for new Sacramento fire station
The dirt was turned as the city of Sacramento cheered and the new fire station was officially underway. The battle for funds and approval caused for a two-year long process before the groundbreaking happened. Many people gathered for the ceremony while Mayor Betty Howard thanked much of the crowd for allowing this dream to become a reality for the city of Sacramento.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2017 3:33:40 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Kentucky pension reform: Bill omits some police, firefighter death benefits
A proposal to overhaul Kentucky's troubled public pension system would inadvertently eliminate line-of-duty death benefits for some police officers and their families in roughly half of the state's law-enforcement agencies, sending Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration rushing to fix the 505-page bill before calling a special session of the state legislature to vote on it.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2017 4:55:27 PM - SOURCE: Louisville Courier-Journal
Update: Woman dies from injuries suffered in Lexington house fire
An elderly Lexington woman died overnight from smoke inhalation after being found unresponsive in her burning home, according to the Fayette County coroner. The victim was identified as 79-year old Dixie O’Nan. An alert neighbor is credited with getting firefighters to the scene of the fire in the 3400 block of Bellmeade Road around 1:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2017 1:36:34 PM - SOURCE: WTVQ-TV Lexington
Warren County Technical Rescue Team gets Firehouse grant for water equipment
A grant through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation paid for helmets, dry suits and personal flotation devices for 30 swift-water rescue technicians. The $11,469 grant for the Warren County Technical Rescue Team will provide water rescuers with gear they need for cold-water rescues. Each technician was custom-fitted for the gear and will keep it with him or her, just like they do with fire turnout gear to shorten the time between emergency calls and arrival on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2017 2:11:37 AM - SOURCE: Bowling Green Daily News
Woman seriously injured in Lexington fire
An alert neighbor is credited with getting firefighters to the scene of an early-morning house fire in Lexington. The Lexington Fire Department says the neighbor spotted smoke coming from the home at 3448 Bellmeade Road at 1:15 a.m. Monday and called 911. Firefighters arrived and found a woman in the back of the home.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2017 3:38:55 AM - SOURCE: WTVQ-TV Lexington
Neighbors concerned after fire hydrant fails during Corbin house fire
People living in one Corbin neighborhood are concerned following a fire that destroyed a home. The home on Lark Drive caught fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. The flames melted siding on a neighboring home. Erma Williams, who lived in the home until recently, was staying someplace else. Williams says she had just moved out and was preparing to sell it to another family.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 7:47:53 PM - SOURCE: WDKY-TV
Teachers, firefighters, officers seek promised pensions
When Stephanie Winkler walked into a classroom years ago, she wanted to have a positive impact on children. She wanted to be a teacher because it was her desire to make a difference for children who struggle in school. That’s the same mission as many of the teachers who filled the Dixie Heights high school gym Tuesday evening.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Maysville Fire Department hosts annual fire school
More than 300 firefighters gathered in Maysville over the weekend for the 2017 edition of the Buffalo Trace Dale Jackson Memorial Regional Fire School. Sponsored by the Buffalo Trace Firefighter Association, Kentucky Fire Commission State Fire Rescue Training, the city of Maysville and Maysville Community and Technical College and hosted by the Maysville Fire Departmen, the three-day school has been offered to area firefighters since 1988.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2017 4:20:50 AM - SOURCE: Maysville Ledger-Independent
Man arrested for attempted arson at Lyon County church
A man from Pinon Hills, California is behind bars for allegedly trying to set fire to a church in Lyon County, Kentucky. According to Trooper Jody Cash with Kentucky State Police, troopers responded to Macedonia Church around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 for a report of a suspicious person. Officers found Julio Chevesgarcia, 24, inside the church.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2017 8:03:14 AM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Elliott County emergency dispatch center, ambulance service building burns
Fire has damaged the emergency dispatch and ambulance services building in Elliott County, Kentucky. Emergency Management director Jim Skaggs tells the fire started about midnight and the EMS side of the building is a total loss. Two dispatchers and an EMS crew were inside the building when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 6:56:50 AM - SOURCE: wsaz
Third annual Embrace the Blue honors law enforcement, first responders
Sams asked that as we go about our daily lives that the citizens of Corbin pray for the police officers, the firefighters and the first responders. "You never know what they're going out to — if it's a fire running in to get someone, if it's responding to help someone help the ambulances, or if it's our policemen because they never know what they're going into," said Sams.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 4:16:54 AM - SOURCE: Corbin Times Tribune
Home total loss after Union County fire
Union County fire crews responded to a house fire near Morganfield. According to dispatch, the call came in a little after 10 a.m. Friday morning from the 1800 block of Kentucky 359. Authorities say no one was hurt and all pets made it out of the home okay, but the home is a total loss. The woman who lived at the home told firefighters she had been gone for about 10 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2017 5:49:51 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Louisville firefighter one of 50 fire professionals profiled in new book
Michael Branch, a two year veteran of the Louisville Fire Department, is one of 50 fire service professionals to be profiled in a new book by Rizzoli New York. "American Firefighter" (Welcome Books) is a series of written reflections from 50 firefighters accompanied by photography from Paul Mobley, a prominent portrait photographer.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2017 8:04:24 AM - SOURCE: Louisville Courier-Journal
Update: Bardstown ex-fire chief’s wife confirms the couple are returning to Florida
According to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by Mayor Dick Heaton’s office, City Hall personnel have learned that former Bardstown Fire Chief Randy Walker and his wife are returning to Florida. Walker resigned as the city’s fire chief earlier this week without notice, catching City Hall personnel off guard and the members of his own fire department off-guard.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2017 7:54:38 PM - SOURCE: Nelson County Gazette
Pet Saves Family From Laurel County House Fire
A pet is being credited for saving a Laurel County family from a house fire overnight. The fire broke out just before 3 a.m. at a house on Cold Hill Road. By the time firefighters had arrived the roof of the home had already collapsed and flames were still visible. Thankfully, the homeowners made it out of the house before any of them were hurt.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2017 7:28:15 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
One dead, no foul play suspected in Rowan County house fire
Kentucky State Police are investigating a deadly house fire in Rowan County. Jon Smith, 31, was killed in the blaze while his fiancee, Tierra Maze, was treated for burns at Saint Claire Healthcare. Firefighters responded to the scene of the fire off Mcbrayer Road in Clearfield around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2017 8:11:45 AM - SOURCE: WMKY-FM Morehead State Public Radio
Lexington Fire Department receives $15,000 grant to buy & install smoke detectors
The Lexington Fire Department received a $15,000 grant Tuesday to purchase and install smoke detectors in Lexington homes that currently don’t have the potentially life-saving device. Columbia Gas of Kentucky presented the grant from the NiSource Charitable Foundation. The grant will pay for an estimated 1,150 smoke detectors.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 4:44:55 PM - SOURCE: WTVQ-TV Lexington
Kuttawa Home Damaged By Fire
A home in Kuttawa suffered heavy fire and smoke damage Tuesday afternoon. The Kuttawa Fire Department reports firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire on Heather Road in the area of Travis Road around 3:00pm. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire involvement on the rear right corner of the home.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2017 10:13:34 AM - SOURCE: WKDZ-FM 106.5 Real Country
Leitchfield Fire fights semi-truck blaze on Western Kentucky Parkway
On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:15, the Leitchfield Fire Department, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and EMS responded to the 105 mile marker of eastbound Western Kentucky Parkway on the report of a semi-truck on fire. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found the truck’s cab fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2017 7:34:27 AM - SOURCE: WMTL & WKHG Twin Lakes Times
Scott Celsor named Russellville fire chief
Scott Celsor has been promoted to chief of the Russellville City Fire Department. Celsor, who has been with the department for 10 years, began his duties in September. “I love serving the community,” said Celsor. “I started my career as a firefighter in 2004 as a volunteer for the Russellville Rural Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 10:51:36 PM - SOURCE: Russellville News Democrat & Leader
Bardstown: Mayor discusses city fire chief’s unexpected resignation
The buzz around town and on social media Tuesday was the unexpected resignation of Bardstown Fire Chief Randy Walker, who apparently left copies of his resignation letter at City Hall late Monday and turned-in his city issued equipment and uniforms. Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton took a few moments Tuesday night during the Bardstown City Council’s meeting to offer additional details about Walker’s resignation.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 10:06:28 PM - SOURCE: Nelson County Gazette
Madison County E911 receives accreditation
E911 Director Wendy Lynch was presented a prestigious accreditation award by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police at Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting. Shawn Butler, of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, noted during a presentation that Lynch’s department was only the 14th in the state to gain the achievement, and was one of the pilot communication centers to participate in the accreditation program when it was created two years ago.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2017 1:49:02 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Register
Audit questions $3.1M in workers' compensation claims paid to Kentucky volunteer firefighters
In August 2013, a volunteer firefighter was installing a radio on a tanker truck but slipped and fell on the truck’s running board. The man had been performing the task as a contractor, and as his claim for workers’ compensation was being reviewed about two weeks later, an attorney looking into the matter referred the adjuster to Mary Hook, the former executive director who oversaw the state’s worker’s compensation program in the Office of Employee Relations.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 10:45:30 AM - SOURCE: cn|2
Caneyville and Leitchfield Fire Departments battle chicken barn fire; over 24,000 baby chickens imperiled
Wednesday morning at approximately 3:30, the Caneyville and Leitchfield Fire Departments were dispatched to 5614 Caney Creek Church Road on the report of a structure fire. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found a section of a 500 feet x 40 feet chicken barn on fire. Inside were 24,100 baby chicks, only six to seven days old, according to the owner’s father.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2017 6:53:50 AM - SOURCE: WMTL & WKHG Twin Lakes Times
Firefighters battle flames in Richmond apartment fire
Several apartments were evacuated on Hager Avenue Monday afternoon after a fire broke out in one of the residences. According to Madison County Fire Chief Marvin Hereford, when firefighters arrived at the scene around 5 p.m., responders could see flames and smoke coming from the second floor of one of the apartments situated in the back right corner of the complex.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 1:57:55 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Register
Firefighters compete in the Combat Challenge World Finals in Louisville
Firefighting teams from around the world bring their talents to Louisville. The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge tests firefighter skills. It encourages firefighter fitness and demonstrates what it takes to be a firefighter. Pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 7:34:58 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Louisville soldier's body headed home decades after Pearl Harbor attack
A Kentucky man who was killed and officially declared lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor has been found after 76 years. Months of extensive DNA testing has confirmed that the soldier's remains have been recovered and they're on their way home for a proper burial. Samuel Warwick Crowder was a 35 year old Petty Officer 3rd Class from Louisville as a firefighter on the U.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 5:42:43 AM - SOURCE: WBKO-TV Bowling Green
Lexington Firefighters Search For Collection Center For Toy Drive
The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters needs your help to make the holidays brighter for our city’s kids. The 2017 Lexington Fire Department Toy Drive starts next week, and firefighters are in need of a building to use as the “North Pole”, or collection center. “We need a large building to store and distribute the toys,” said Firefighter Todd Houston, who is the president of the FOF.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2017 9:13:53 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Graves County: Man arrested after almost hitting 4 officials responding to crash
Police say a Mayfield, Kentucky man almost struck several first responders directing traffic on Sunday afternoon on October 22. He has since been arrested. Just before 2 p.m. the Kentucky State Police, Graves County Sheriff’s Department, and Symsonia Fire Department responded to the 9000 block of Highway 131 in Graves County for a two vehicle collision.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2017 5:58:07 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Follow-up: Hundreds of firefighters attend fire school in Corbin over weekend
Hundreds of firefighters from numerous states were in Corbin this weekend and attended the Southeastern Kentucky Firefighters Association’s annual Fall Fire School. Battalion Chief Jack Partin with the Corbin Fire Department said numbers for this year’s school were up by approximately 50. The school, which started on Friday and wrapped up Sunday evening, offered classes to help firefighters keep their certifications.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2017 4:19:36 AM - SOURCE: Corbin Times Tribune
Fire At Lexington Apartment Complex
An investigation is underway after a fire broke out at an apartment complex. It started around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning at an apartment on Lakeshore Drive. Firefighters say it quickly spread to surrounding units and four total apartments were damaged. We're told everyone inside the units was able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2017 5:11:16 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Lexington first responders urged to participate in Project Lifesaver program
For at least the third time since school began in August, a child walked away from a Fayette County public school, leading to a “massive” search by school and public safety officials. In the new case, a 9-year-old girl walked away from Garrett Morgan Elementary School on Oct. 11 and was missing for 45 minutes, according to the girl’s family.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2017 7:45:22 PM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald-Leader (
Community pitches in for Flatwoods police officer's family after house fire
A community is rallying around a family that lost most of what they had in a house fire. The Flatwoods Fire Department is doubling as a donations center. People have been dropping off clothes for Bryan Tackett's family after their house on Richards Drive in Raceland caught fire Wednesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wsaz
Owensboro, Daviess County emergency services receive grants
The Owensboro Police Department, the Owensboro Fire Department and Owensboro-Daviess County Central Dispatch will be getting new emergency response equipment due to grants from the state Office of Homeland Security. Seventy-seven counties in Kentucky will receive $2.869 million in funding for emergency equipment, improved communications and critical infrastructure projects through the grants.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 4:52:05 AM - SOURCE: Messenger-Inquirer
Follow-up: Union groups say new pension plan cuts their benefits
Bevin detailed key elements of the plan that will impact state workers including teachers and first responders. Unions representing these two groups have been vocal about their opposition to recommendations from the consulting group the state hired to study the pension problem. While the "Keep the Promise" plan does not change the age of retirement, union groups said it cuts down on their benefits by changing a defined benefits plan to a defined contribution plan.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 4:52:26 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Fire school comes to Corbin
More than 400 firefighters will be spending the weekend in Corbin for the Southeastern Kentucky Firefighters Association’s 43rd Annual Fall Fire School. Corbin Firefighter Eric Philpot, one of the event organizers, said that firefighters from across the state and as far away as North Carolina, would be coming to the area for the classroom and hands-on classes required to retain their certification.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 1:03:19 PM - SOURCE: Corbin News Journal
Bardstown police release video of suspect wanted in car arson investigation
The Bardstown Police Department says officers are looking for a man who torched a car and broke into several others. The burned SUV was parked behind a downtown business on North Third Street. In the video, you can see a man getting into the vehicle and setting it on fire several minutes later. The owner of the torched SUV, Brian Ludvigsen, said he just moved to the area in July.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 6:55:39 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
New Fire Truck And Firefighters For Hopkinsville
Hopkinsville City Council is moving forward with the purchase of a new fire truck as well as recognizing eight new firefighters. Tuesday night, Council members approved the second reading of the Capital Budget amendment. Mayor Carter Hendricks says the $250,000 will be put to good use. At the meeting, the new recruits were sworn in.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 3:02:41 AM - SOURCE: WKDZ-FM 106.5 Real Country
Governor unveils plan to save Kentucky's pension systems
Flanked by Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Jeff Hoover, Governor Bevin announced 10 points to the proposal still being worked on. He said the plan will prevent "clawbacks" on pension and health benefits of those already retired, current employees will not see an increase in full retirement age.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 8:39:14 AM - SOURCE: WHAS-TV ABC 11 Louisville
Federal suit says Lexington officials let handcuffed shooting victim die
The father of a man shot to death in in August 2016 in Harlan County has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit. Ali Sawaf is suing the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government along with several individuals involved in the fatal shooting. Mark Sawaf was arrested in June 2016 for allegedly placing explosive devices in trail cameras and hiding them in the woods in Harlan County.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 6:42:24 AM - SOURCE: WDKY-TV
Bowling Green OKs new 911 system purchase, capital projects
The Bowling Green City Commission on Tuesday approved $17.6 million in fiscal year 2018 capital projects, as well as a $420,000 purchase of a new 911 phone system for the Bowling Green Police Department. The city also formally approved accepting a $300,000 brownfields assessment grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a first step in redeveloping properties in the city’s west end.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 2:15:39 AM - SOURCE: Bowling Green Daily News
Richmond Fire Department celebrates 200 years of service
While the weekend marked the end of National Fire Prevention week, the celebration continued for the Richmond Fire Department, which celebrated its 200th year anniversary by whipping up pancakes for the community. Public Information Officer Corey Lewis, dressed in a blue apron messy from making flapjacks and sausages, said the commemoration of the fire department was just beginning, by having the community come in to the fire station to see what it is they do and how they do it, while giving citizens the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 1:50:10 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Register
One killed, one injured by falling tree in Kenton County
Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a tree to suddenly fall outside a civic club Friday evening, killing one woman and injuring another. Fort Wright police say they were called to the Lookout Heights Civic Club around 5:30 p.m. They say the tree fell on Heather McNamara, 32, of Covington, and Rebecca Wright, 45, of Butler, as they were on a patio outside the civic club.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 11:35:20 AM - SOURCE: wkyt
Clark County home damaged in crash
A home near Winchester has some damage after a car crashed into it late Saturday night. The Clark County Fire Department says the driver of the car lost control in a sharp curve on Log Lick Road, then hit another car, and flipped off the road. The car ended up hitting the home, which sits near the road.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2017 5:41:23 PM - SOURCE: WDKY-TV
Kentucky Division of Forestry: Restrictions now in place for open burning
The fall forest fire hazard season is now in full effect, which prohibits any open burning within 150 feet of any woodland area between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Dec.15. Nearly 1,500 wildfires are reported across the state each year, according to data from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, damaging homes, private property, trees and landscapes.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2017 6:26:38 AM - SOURCE: London Sentinel Echo
Cooking Sparks Grease Fire In Lexington
A Lexington home was damaged Saturday morning after a small grease fire broke out. Just before 11 am, firefighters were called to a home on East Louden Avenue. Fire officials say an older woman was cooking when flames flared up into her cabinets. Firefighters say there were no working smoke detectors inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2017 3:11:53 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Fire Breaks Out At Vanderbilt Chemical Plant In Murray
A fire broke out around 3 this afternoon at Vanderbilt Chemical Plant in Murray. Emergency dispatch has confirmed that the fire has been extinguished. Calloway Fire and Rescue Station 3 Captain Andy Harrell says there were no dangerous chemicals released during the fire. He said Vanderbilt has response units at their facility, but had to call in help.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 3:28:55 PM - SOURCE: WKMS-FM 91.3 News for the Four Rivers Region
Stopped trains discussed at Maysville's city commission
City Commissioner Kelly Ashley said he was concerned with the possibility of a train blocking emergency vehicles. "What if there is an emergency and the vehicles can't get to the other side of the track, where the house is located?" he asked. "Some of those houses, if they go up, and the department can't respond, it's gone.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2017 4:13:58 AM - SOURCE: Maysville Ledger-Independent
Arson investigators looking into fire in Lexington
Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in downtown Lexington. The fire started just before 2 a.m. Friday on Warnock Street. Firefighters say after forcing their way into the house, they didn't find anyone inside. Neighbors told Fox 56 the same home caught on fire a few weeks ago.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2017 6:44:30 AM - SOURCE: WDKY-TV
Elizabethtown mom credits smoke detectors with saving baby's life
More than a week after a fire broke out in their baby's nursery, the Fox family was able to move back into their Elizabethtown home Wednesday. Standing in what's left of 10-month-old Boone's nursery, Emily Fox credits working smoke detectors with saving his life. "Standing here looking at this, the reality of it all is still very unsettling," she told WLKY on Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 8:46:44 PM - SOURCE: Louisville Channel
Mount Washington Fire gets grant for suits
The Mt. Washington Fire Protection District was awarded $19,000 on behalf of Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) as part of the 2017 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). The funds will go toward the purchase of 19 hazmat suits, which protect first responders against hazardous materials they could encounter during the course of performing their duties.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 7:44:20 AM - SOURCE: Pioneer News
Corbin Area Technology Center students work with area first responders during mock crash
A head-on collision Friday morning on the utility road behind the baseball field at Corbin High School provided a teaching moment for the criminal justice, EMT/Fire and health science students at the Corbin Area Technology Center. Under the direction of teachers Tackett Wilson, Julia Rollins and Lesha Powell, and with the guidance of Corbin firefighters and police, Whitley County EMS, Oak Grove Fire Department and Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Steve Douglas, the students extricated a patient from the vehicle, treated patients in a triage area and then loaded them into a waiting ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2017 1:05:21 PM - SOURCE: Corbin News Journal
Graves County Home Destroyed by Fire; Bible Unharmed
A Graves County home was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. According to Chief Michael Kaler with the Symsonia Fire Department, firefighters responded around 9 pm to a home on Highway 348 East, near the Graves-Marshall county line. Kaler said when firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire in the attic and carport area of the home.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2017 10:41:22 PM - SOURCE: West Kentucky Star
Scott County: Firefighters battle vehicle fire
A vehicle fire near the intersection of Cherry Blossom Way and East U.S. 62 slowed traffic in the right-hand lane for about 30 minutes on Tuesday. Firefighters from both the Georgetown and Scott County fire departments responded to the call at about 1:15 p.m., finding a black Mustang in the middle of the road across the highway from the Toyota plant Gate 6.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 3:09:50 AM - SOURCE:
Louisville firefighters pay tribute to fallen comrades
Local firefighters paid tribute to their fallen comrades Tuesday morning. The firefighters placed a wreath next to the Firefighters Memorial at Jefferson Square, which bears the names of 82 Louisville firefighters. The newest name, Joe Johnson, was added Monday. The retired colonel with the McMahan Fire Department died from a rare form of soft tissue cancer in 2016.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 5:27:01 PM - SOURCE: Louisville Channel
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