Two Fire Departments will merge and fulfill a dream they've had since the 1980s. Middletown and Anchorage have filed to become one-- the Anchorage-Middletown Fire and EMS Department.
The merger will allow more efficient EMS coverage.
Combining the two departments would mean a property tax increase, but with cutbacks looming, both fire chiefs believe it's what's best for the community - and feel that community is on board.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 9:03:59 PM - SOURCE: WHAS-TV ABC 11 Louisville
A fire destroyed a structure on Spring Street in Russellville Thursday late morning.
According to firefighter Pat Bell, who was on the scene, no one was in the structure at the time of the fire.
The Russellville City Fire Department responded within minutes of the blaze, containing the flames and protecting nearby property.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 10:11:14 PM - SOURCE: Russellville News Democrat & Leader
Throughout last fall and the first half of the 2018 General assembly, lawmakers repeatedly have said they’ve never seen as much public interest as is shown about potential changes to the state’s badly underfunded public pension systems.
The release on Tuesday night of Senate Bill 1, the latest proposal to reform the pension systems, and the public response seem to bear that out — lawmakers say they’re hearing from constituents, especially teachers, and the reaction is “mixed.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2018 4:37:26 AM - SOURCE: Glasgow Daily Times
City officials and employees busied themselves Wednesday afternoon as they moved furniture into Berea’s new city hall, located at 212 Chestnut Street.
“This is the first time in Berea’s history that they’ve had a facility built to satisfy the needs of both police and fire. Our first responders were the major reason for us to (construct) this building,” City Administrator Randy Stone told The Register.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 2:21:48 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Register
Central City Fire crews were busy Wednesday, responding to three fires within four hours.
A house was destroyed by a fire on Park Street. Central City Assistant Fire Chief Lee Williams says no one was home when it happened around 9:30 Wednesday night. The cause is still under investigation.
Assistant Fire Chief Lee says crews were also called to check out heavy smoke at a restaurant, Papa Monzos, and a home on Youngstown Rd.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 14 News WFIE
WPSD is working with Atlas Physical Therapy and Paducah Athletic Club to help 10 local runners prepare for a half marathon. Our Go the Distance runners are training for the Murray Half Marathon and the Paducah Iron Mom.
We’re asking the runners about what inspires them and why they’ve decided to take this journey.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 4:41:22 PM - SOURCE: WPSD-TV Local 6
Several people were displaced Wednesday after an early morning fire.
Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 3800 block of South Brook Street around 3 a.m. A neighbor said the fire may have started from a lit cigarette left on a couch on the porch.
The fire engulfed the home and burned the homes next to it, investigators said.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:55:38 PM - SOURCE: WLKY.com Louisville Channel
A long-awaited plan to overhaul one of the country’s worst-funded public pension systems was introduced Tuesday in the Kentucky Senate, setting the stage for debate on one of the defining issues of this year’s legislative session.
The bill introduced by Sen. Joe Bowen was notable in part for what it didn’t contain.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Washington Times
A home on a horse farm off of Rush Branch Road in eastern Pulaski County was a total loss after a Monday afternoon fire.
Responders were called out at 11:56 a.m. to Nelson Farms, to a report of a structure fire at 3070 Rush Branch Road. According to Jeremy Strunk, chief of the Haynes Knob Volunteer Fire Department, the house was fully engulfed when fire trucks arrived.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 4:13:11 AM - SOURCE: Commonwealth Journal
Mayor Greg Fischer’s office announced today that the Anchorage and Middletown East Fire Districts have filed a merger petition with the Jefferson County Clerk’s office.
The Mayor’s office received a letter about the proposed merger, and is releasing it publicly to ensure that Middletown and Anchorage property owners are aware of the proposal, which could result in a property tax increase in the newly merged entity.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:24:42 AM - SOURCE: City of Louisville
Kentucky State Police are investigating a weather-related crash in Falmouth that involved five children and a Pendleton County Ambulance.
Investigators say Johnnie McCoy, 37, of Falmouth, was driving northbound on U.S.-27 and lost control on snowy and icy roads, crashing her Chevrolet into the EMS crew.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLWT
Don Montgomery, 71, of Paducah, Kentucky passed away at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, February 18, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Conway, Missouri. Don was retired after 26 years of service from Paducah City Fire Department where he served as Assistant Fire Chief. He was well respected by his firefighters and the department.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 11:35:50 AM - SOURCE: West Kentucky Star
Two-and-a-half years after a devastating fire nearly ended a future for Whiskey Row, a lawsuit has been filed against the contractor.
Arson investigators ruled that one of the workers accidentally started the fire while using a torch. The enormous flames brought downtown to a halt in July of 2015. The fire left extensive damage and demanded the full force of the Louisville Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 3:42:13 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
A man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to break into a local fire department.
It happened around 5:21 p.m. Saturday at the Lily Fire Department.
The fire chief called dispatch to report the incident.
When deputies arrived at the scene, 33-year-old Marlow Baker attempted to flee on foot, tossing an air soft pistol into the weeds near a creek.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 3:36:22 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Firefighters pulled the bodies of a deceased elderly couple from a creek following a collision in Crittenden County on Sunday evening.
Kentucky State Police say members of the Crittenden County Volunteer Fire Department located 86-year-old Douglas Keeling and 82-year-old Martha Keeling downstream from a partially submerged vehicle in Crooked Creek.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 9:07:37 AM - SOURCE: WKMS-FM 91.3 News for the Four Rivers Region
We're learning part of a Henderson County business caught fire Friday night. Emergency crews were called to Teknor Apex Company. That's along Ohio Drive off of highway 60.
Henderson firefighters say they were called to business around 10:30 Friday night. It was reported as a general fire alarm. But, when they got there, they say they found heavy smoke and then a fire inside the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2018 11:18:15 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
The Lexington Fire Department had an amazing update to share concerning their drive to fund free smoke detectors.
An anonymous donor has given the fire department $10,000 toward their free smoke alarm program.
Three out of five fire deaths across the nation happen in homes without working smoke alarms.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 3:59:55 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
A woman walked into Elizabethtown police headquarters Tuesday afternoon and confessed to starting a recent fire in Radcliff, according to an arrest citation.
Victoria Williams, 49, told police she started a fire in a bedroom of an apartment Feb. 8 on Wood Creek Drive.
She told authorities she started the fire with a lighter and burned her bed because she wanted to “get away” and admitted she had no other place to go.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 2:30:50 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Two people were injured Thursday morning as a result of an accident after a vehicle ran off New Shepherdsville Road and plummeted down a ravine across the road from the vicinity of Thomas Nelson High School.
At about 10:55 Thursday morning, Nelson County EMS, Bardstown Police and the Bardstown Fire Department were dispatched for what was originally believed to be a non-injury accident.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 12:34:53 PM - SOURCE: Nelson County Gazette
The revised pension reform bill will not mandate that any current or future Kentucky public employees be moved into 401(k)-like savings plans because the move would actually cost more money, Senate President Robert Stivers said on Wednesday.
A move from traditional pension plans with defined benefits to 401(k)-like plans was the foundation of the reform proposal released in October by Gov.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 5:47:24 PM - SOURCE: Louisville Courier-Journal
A garbage and recycling facility in Northern Kentucky caught fire Wednesday night.
Authorities say firefighters responded to Best Way Disposal after a fire erupted in the maintenance facility.
The Burlington Fire Protection District was on scene within four minutes of the first alarm.
Some workers were inside at the time, but everyone made it out safely, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 6:21:55 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Straub Elementary School students honored local firefighters for Valentine's Day Wednesday.
Students from the classes of Melanie Sutton, Renee Biddle, Jennifer Kidd and Ashley Miller crowded into the school's cafeteria Wednesday after lunch and distributed Valentine's Day cards to several firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 4:12:31 AM - SOURCE: Maysville Ledger-Independent
Today marks 14 years since Lexington Firefighter Brenda Cowan was shot in the line of duty and killed while responding to a domestic violence call.
"Unfortunately, she gave everything that she had," said Captain Ryan Hogsten. "She gave her life to protect others."
Hogsten told LEX 18 that to this day, you still hear stories about Cowan, stories about her giving her all for the job.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 1:30:39 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Sentiment appears to be waning in the Kentucky House to switch public pension systems to 401(k)-style accounts as Gov. Matt Bevin proposed last October. House Education Chairman John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville, said Monday he is "leaning against" moving public employees from a defined-benefits system to a defined-contribution system.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 1:55:23 AM - SOURCE: The Messenger
Fire Chief Kevin Jant spoke to the council about the department’s need for new radios. The bid Jant gave to the council was for twenty new radios and a new duplexer and repeater coming in at a little over $32,000. While the duplexer and repeater will give the department their own radio frequency, is not a necessity.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 6:53:36 AM - SOURCE: WCLU Lite 102.3-FM & 1490-AM
A Lexington firefighter is being honored with the department's second highest award for bravery after he saved a friend who nearly drowned.
Battalion Chief Lee Hayden has worked for the Lexington Fire Department 23 years. While off-duty at Cave Run Lake with a friend, Hayden saved his friend Damon Horton.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2018 3:44:19 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Police say a Crestwood man blamed "bad childhood memories" for his decision to burn down a home that resulted in the death of a cat.
According to an arrest report, the incident occurred on Thursday, Feb. 8, just before 2:30 p.m., in the 7300 block of Peyton Avenue, off West Highway 22, in Crestwood.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2018 10:55:11 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Lexington firefighters worked to knock down flames at a home on Winding Oak Trail Sunday evening.
Reportedly a neighbor alerted the family when they saw smoke coming from the house. We're told the fire started in the chimney and spread to the attic.
Firefighters say they were able to contain the damage and save the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2018 5:39:53 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
A woman is in the hospital after her mobile home caught fire early Saturday morning in Anderson County.
The blaze broke out just after 1 a.m. on Cornish Lane near Rutherford School Road.
One woman and several pets were inside the home at the time of the fire.
"We pulled up, things were popping like crazy," said Marty Terry, battalion chief of the Anderson County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2018 7:28:39 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
A 17-year-old accused of setting fire to a historic house on the Wickland property in July was indicted on arson, theft and mischief charges Wednesday.
Jacob K. Young, who turns 18 in April, was indicted by a Nelson County Grand Jury on complicity to second-degree arson, complicity to theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and complicity to first-degree criminal mischief.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2018 6:55:14 PM - SOURCE: Kystandard
For the second time, Jim Hils is serving as the interim chief of the Fort Mitchell Fire Department.
Hils took over for the retiring Gary Auffart, who took the department's top job in December, 2015, after holding the same position at the Newport Fire Department. Hils previously served as interim chief while the city searched for a new chief that led to the hiring of Auffart.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 1:03:37 PM - SOURCE: River City News
The London City Council discussed some possible big changes to streets at Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting.
First, council members discussed the possibility of a new ordinance that would require house numbers to be displayed on every house, rather than just on a mailbox.
This was brought to the attention of council members by Laurel County dispatch workers who find it increasingly difficult to send out ambulances to homes that have no numbers.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2018 5:58:55 AM - SOURCE: Corbin Times Tribune
A fire that gutted a home Thursday on Blue Level Providence Road began when a man set fire to a blanket that had been hanging in a doorway and told his girlfriend she could “just stay in there and burn,” according to an arrest citation.
John Cox, 40, is charged with first-degree arson, fourth-degree domestic assault, violation of a Kentucky DVO/EPO and third-degree criminal mischief, according to his arrest citation.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2018 2:13:06 AM - SOURCE: Bowling Green Daily News
A home sustained quite a bit of damage in a fire Friday afternoon.
It happened on Hammonds Creek Road in Lawrenceburg.
Officials say two people were living there, but only one person was there at the time. They got out safely.
There were also four dogs and two cats inside. Firefighters were able to get them out as well.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2018 7:52:12 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Woodbine and Oak Grove firefighters spend nearly three hours Tuesday battling a house fire off of Ky. 6.
Firefighters were paged to the scene on Sycamore Street at approximately 2:45 p.m.
“There was heavy smoke showing and two rooms were fully involved,” said Woodbine Battalion Chief Rickie Fore.
Upon entering the single-story home, firefighters found several propane tanks sitting in the room that the owner had been using to provide heat.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 1:06:50 PM - SOURCE: Corbin News Journal
The council approved a resolution approving a lease-purchase agreement to buy 30 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) for the city fire department at a cost not to exceed $230,000.
According to Tracy Hudson, chief financial officer, the lease-purchase agreement will be financed by Wesbanco at an interest rate of 3.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 6:13:30 PM - SOURCE: Nelson County Gazette
As she did every day before leaving for work, Secret Holt hugged and kissed her 15-year-old daughter Bailey – a "perfect sweet soul" – goodbye before heading to work on an unremarkable Tuesday morning in January.
A few miles away, Kennadi Spraggs woke up late, “as always.” She ran a brush through her hair, crammed her stuff into a backpack and drove to school blaring "weird indie music with the windows down.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 5:18:19 AM - SOURCE: Louisville Courier-Journal
We’re seeing images Wednesday of what’s left behind after a fire at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement on Monday. The flames scorched the kitchen and upstairs office space.
According to Grand Lakes Fire Chief Charles Watkins, the fire started in the offices upstairs, but investigators still do not know why. The two dining rooms are OK, despite some smoke and water damage, according to the restaurant’s market director, Ann Martin.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 10:30:18 PM - SOURCE: WPSD-TV Local 6
Lexington Firefighters are making a plea to the community after their smoke detectors installation program has come to a screeching halt.
"Smoke alarms are the cheapest form of life insurance you can get for your family," said Chief Joe Best.
Three out of five deaths across the nation happen in homes without working smoke alarms and Lexington is consistent with that average.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 3:36:35 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Two members of the Hopkinsville Fire and Emergency Services received a promotion in rank during Tuesday's city council meeting. Martin J. Bangart and Spencer D. Wood were sworn to the levels of Lieutenant and Captain, respectively, before council and family members alike.
Bangart, hired in 2008, previously served three tours of duty in Iraq and according to Fire Chief Freddie Montgomery, has earned his Bachelor's degree in Fire and Emergency Response Management since being hired.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2018 7:29:33 PM - SOURCE: WKDZ-FM 106.5 Real Country
Many citizens in Martin County have a lot of questions after a volunteer firefighter and niece of the county judge-executive sprayed a couple hundred gallons of dyed-blue water out of a fire truck for a gender reveal. The video was released while people in the county were reduced to using bottled water to shower.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2018 4:36:22 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Glasgow Fire Department's ladder truck is 19 years old and has racked up average annual maintenance costs of $5,700 for the past three years, Chief Bryan Marr said. “It's starting to get to that end-of-life as a first response truck, just because of the amount of wear and tear on it,” he said, “and how much it costs to get things fixed.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 4:16:36 AM - SOURCE: Glasgow Daily Times
Investigators are looking into a residential fire that killed two people and injured a neighbor in Kentucky.
Kentucky State Police said Monday that is investigating the cause of a fire at a home in Bremen. Investigators say firefighters from several departments were called to the burning home on Saturday morning.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 8:03:18 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
A Louisville man who served eight years for arson claims investigators manipulated him into making a false confession by providing him beer during the interrogation and threatening his girlfriend with prosecution.
U.B. Thomas III was convicted of setting four apartment house fires in 2011, but a judge tossed out the conviction in March.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 11:04:45 AM - SOURCE: Louisville Courier-Journal
A fire broke out on Monday morning, February 5 at Patti's 1880's Settlement in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.
By 4 p.m., first responders finished clearing the scene.
In a Facebook post, workers for the restaurant said everyone is safe. Ann Martin, Patti's marketing director, said if you were going to the area of Kentucky Lakes, you were going to Patti's.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 5:40:32 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Fire destroyed a mobile home Monday night in southwest Louisville.
It was reported around 10:50 p.m. in the 4400 block of Wilshire Avenue, off Camp Ground Road near Lees Lane. Firefighters confirmed one person was inside the home when the fire started, but he or she was able to get out safely.
The Red Cross was called to help the displaced person, since the home was a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 10:59:01 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
After weeks of behind-the-scenes work, Republican leaders in Kentucky sounded upbeat Friday about the prospects of overhauling one of the country's worst-funded state pension systems.
They signaled that a long-anticipated pension bill for government employees and public school teachers could be forthcoming soon.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 3:22:41 PM - SOURCE: WKMS-FM 91.3 News for the Four Rivers Region
A firefighter was injured and crews spent hours battling a blaze Saturday afternoon in Estill County.
Reportedly a homeowner came home to smoke in their garage and called 911 around 4:45 p.m.
Estill County Fire officials say firefighters responded and quickly went inside to attack the flames, but the first floor collapsed while they were inside.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 4:05:25 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
A flood of firefighters are coming back to Owensboro this month for an annual officer school and convention that attracts people from across the country.
The Bryant Stiles Officers School, hosted by the Green River Firefighters Association, will return to the Owensboro Convention Center on Feb. 23-Feb.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 2:11:17 AM - SOURCE: Messenger-Inquirer
It was a normal summer day on June 9, 2017 when Staff Sgt. Nicholas Davis, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Artillery cannon crew member and section chief, was driving home to Ellijay, Ga., from Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
As he was cruising down the road near Nashville, he noticed a car overturned on its passenger side.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
A friend helped save a man's pets from home fire overnight in Cynthiana.
The fire sparked around 11 p.m. on Old Lair Road.
Zach Gaunce says he was driving by when he saw smoke. He said he ran into the house to check on his friend, but was turned back by flames.
He found his friend outside the home, then decided to run back into the burning home to try to save his friend's pet bird.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 6:04:49 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Learning the proper way to set up ladders, practicing first aid, and participating in fire control drills -- that's just a small part of the Firefighter Certification required by the state. More than 100 people initially applied to be part of this year's recruitment class for the Bowling Green Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 4:12:37 PM - SOURCE: WBKO-TV Bowling Green
A fire broke out early Thursday morning on Arnold Lane in Bloomfield, just a few hundred yards from Bloomfield Elementary and Middle schools.
Groomfield, a pet grooming salon, and Bloomfield Electronics both burned to the ground. The building was fully engulfed by the time fire agencies were dispatched and Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District, Nelson County Fire and Rescue, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Crawford responded.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 6:59:13 PM - SOURCE: Kystandard
Thursday morning at 6:00, the Clarkson and Leitchfield Fire Departments, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and EMS responded to 4374 Grayson Springs Road on the report of a structure fire.
Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found a mobile home addition fully engulfed in flames, with heavy smoke coming from the trailer as well.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 7:18:04 AM - SOURCE: WMTL & WKHG Twin Lakes Times
Fire crews battled a fire in an Owensboro mobile home during the early morning hours.
It happened just before 2:15 Thursday morning in the area of 15th and Jackson.
According to the Owensboro Fire Department Facebook page, firefighters were able to get that fire out, but there was significant damage to the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 12:26:53 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
One person was injured following a gas flare-up fire at an oil and gas drilling site in Martha, KY this afternoon.
According to Lawrence County Emergency Management, it happened on Long Branch Road around 3:45 P.M.
The fire was reportedly extinguished when crews made it to the scene. The scene was determined to be secure with no oil or gas leaks.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOWK TV
Firefighters and EMS responded to Old Richmond Road where a Kentucky Utilities worker was rescued after being stuck almost 20-feet in the air.
Lexington firefighters say a contractor was stretching lines across poles when the pole broke with his weight. The man was stuck in the air for nearly an hour.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 3:57:15 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
The Junction City Fire Department responded to a house fire at 2:46 a.m. Sunday at 172 East Ila Avenue.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a one-story home with heavy smoke coming from the roof and flames coming out from the side door. All residents were able to get out safely.
Crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 4:39:39 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Tuesday marked two years since one of the biggest fires the city has ever seen.
The Bluegrass Stockyards, previously located off Forbes Road, burned down Jan. 30, 2016. A total of 10 acres was destroyed during the three-alarm fire.
In September 2016, work began on a new building, this time off Ironworks Pike.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 3:56:30 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
The fire department helped with a delicate rescue over the weekend.
A cat was trapped in a storm drain in someone's back yard.
They called for help and the firefighters worked to free the frightened cat that was able to be reunited with her family just up the street..
The fire department posted pictures to their Facebook page after someone wrote to thank them.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 4:26:10 PM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
A former Knox County EMS driver who struck and killed a teenager with an ambulance in 2014 was sentenced to 12 months in jail Friday, though he will only serve that time if he violates parole.
Kevin French, 28, faced charges of second-degree manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault and speeding after the ambulance he was driving dropped off the roadway and hit three teenagers who were riding their bicycles in the median of US-25E near Sammie’s Auction House in the Gray community.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Times Tribune
Dominick Lopez crawled around the floor of a room, checking for survivors during a search and rescue drill at Fort Knox.
“You good?” Lopez asked his teammate Monday as they crawled into the hallway where the drill took place.
Lopez and three other seniors from Fort Knox High School are training at the Fort Knox Fire Department this semester.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 2:45:41 AM - SOURCE: News-Enterprise
A fired Qdoba Mexican Grill employee was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for setting fire to the building.
“I would like to apologize to the city of Lexington for my actions,” Bennie C. Davis told U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood.
Davis, 21, accepted a plea agreement in October to one count of malicious arson of a building used in interstate commerce.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:07 PM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky.com)
Two firefighters were injured as they battled a structure fire today in Owensboro.
When firefighters arrived at Owensboro Gym and Fitness on Alvey Park Drive at approximately 11 a.m., they faced heavy dark smoke.
“Large flames were visible upon entry into the building.” said Daviess County Fire Department Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2018 4:58:40 PM - SOURCE: Surf KY News
Sacramento Fire Chief Terry Dossett has been appointed as McLean County Emergency Management Agency director.
Dossett replaces former Emergency Management Director David Sunn, who retired at the end of December after nearly 26 years in the role.
"Terry's just always possessed a real desire to serve in emergency management," McLean County Judge-Executive Kelly Thurman said.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 2:20:45 AM - SOURCE: Messenger-Inquirer
Warren County volunteer firefighter Tyler Scudder dove waist-deep into his safety training Saturday morning.
Scudder, with the Browning Fire Department, sunk to his beltline in corn as part of farm safety training for all Warren County fire departments Saturday at the Western Kentucky University Agriculture Exposition Center.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2018 2:18:29 AM - SOURCE: Bowling Green Daily News
Black Labrador Retrievers may be the best fire safety teachers.
The Kasey Program was started in 1995 by Jeff Owens as a way to teach children about fire & life safety. Owens is a retired career firefighter/paramedic. After more than 31 years of service, he wanted to make a positive impact on kids.
Black Labrador Retrievers demonstrate the safety skills taught.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 5:10:24 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Grapevine Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving its first ever new fire truck thanks to an Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant awarded over the summer.
Hopkins Fiscal Court approved GVFD’s $5,000 matching funds request during a meeting held Tuesday.
“We applied for $259,069 worth of grant funds,” Chief Nick Bailey wrote in a letter to the court.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2018 10:17:20 PM - SOURCE: Surf KY News
Crews fought two structure fires Thursday night, one of which was a total loss.
Fire officials say a mobile home on Charlie Norris Way in Waco was fully engulfed when they arrived on scene around 8 p.m.
They say no one was hurt, as it was unoccupied at the time, and it's not clear if someone was living there.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2018 2:30:15 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
In his almost 45 years at the Utica Volunteer Fire Department, Dan Matthews has come to some conclusions about what the department’s role in the community should be.
“I think we are there to help the community anyway we can,” Matthews said. “It’s more than fighting fires and medical runs.”
For the past 29 years, Matthews has led the department in its mission to support Utica as its chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 10:38:20 PM - SOURCE: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
West Knox firefighters were called to the former King’s Truck Stop Thursday morning in response to a report of a tractor-trailer truck on fire.
Firefighters were called to the scene on U.S. 25E just off of Interstate 75 about 11:30 a.m.
The fire was located in the sleeper compartment of the truck belonging to ELA Connect, LLC out of Stone Mountain, Georgia.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 1:01:55 PM - SOURCE: Corbin News Journal
Neighbors alerted someone inside a duplex that it had caught fire, this quick response kept the home from being completely damaged.
Firefighters arrived on scene at Lansdowne Drive shortly after 2 a.m. Friday.
The fire chief says a trash can by the duplex caught fire, and it spread to the attic.
Because crews got on scene so quickly, it didn't spread farther and the unit only had minor damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2018 2:30:15 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
Tuesday night at approximately 11:45, the Leitchfield, Caneyville and Falls of Rough Fire Departments responded to a massive fire at High Country Lumber in Millwood.
As the fire departments sped to the scene at 2579 Kefauver Road, several explosions in the building were felt in Leitchfield, about five miles from the site of the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 6:37:23 AM - SOURCE: WMTL & WKHG Twin Lakes Times
Submarine sandwiches are helping to save lives.
Customers of Firehouse Subs helped fund a grant for the Kentucky 86 Fire and Rescue department in Elizabethtown. It paid for more than $24,000 worth of equipment to outfit junior firefighters for training.
Each restaurant allows customers to "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar, and donate spare change to the Firehouse Subs' foundation.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 1:31:35 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Madisonville Fire Department crews were called out to a house fire before noon today at Brentwood Subdivision.
MFD Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Baldwin said at the scene the report came in as an attic fire.
No one was at the single-story brick home when the fire broke out, located along the 200 block of Bernard Drive.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 6:36:51 AM - SOURCE: Surf KY News
A shooting at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky killed a 15-year old boy and a 15-year-old girl and wounded 14 others, including four who were in critical condition.
“It was one right after another — bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” said witness Alexandria Caporali. “You could see his arm jerking as he was pulling the trigger,” she told the Associated Press.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kentucky New Era
Students at Marshall County High School, where multiple students were shot Tuesday by a classmate, had recently been trained in how to react in case they were faced with an active shooter, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders said.
“Students at that school did exactly as they were trained,” Sanders said.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kentucky.com
The busy men and women of the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department just got a little more efficient, thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Fire Commission and State Fire Rescue.
The department was recently awarded a $3,200 grant to purchase a thermal imaging camera. Fire/EMS Administrator Michael Workman said the department applied for it in October.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 2:09:04 AM - SOURCE: Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era
A mobile home was destroyed in an early morning structure fire.
It happened around 4:05 a.m. Tuesday on Rogers Road in Mt. Vernon.
As firefighters arrived on scene, they found a mobile home that was fully involved and unoccupied at the time. Despite efforts to put out the flames, the structure was a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 5:38:14 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
The Glasgow Fire Department welcomed three new firefighters. Mayor Dick Doty swore in Bryant Blodgett, James Edge and Todd Napier at last night’s council meeting.
Wearing it around their waist, the rope is one of the first pieces of equipment given to rookies. This has been a long held tradition at the Glasgow Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2018 7:51:17 AM - SOURCE: WCLU Lite 102.3-FM & 1490-AM
A man and his dog are lucky to be alive after falling into an iced-over pond off Cynthiana Road in Scott County.
Officials say the dog got stuck on the ice Monday morning. The dog's owner, Don Dyer, used a boat to get to the dog, but the boat sank, trapping Dyer and his dog in the cold water.
The fire department says a firefighter in a dry suit was able to rescue Dyer, then an inflatable boat was used to rescue the dog and bring it to safety.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 10:48:11 PM - SOURCE: WDKY-TV
A Louisville man whose 2010 arson conviction was thrown out by a judge last year because jurors never heard that investigators gave him alcohol on the day he confessed has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and several of the investigators involved.
Last March, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens vacated U.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 12:39:22 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Richmond Fire Department responded to Eastern Kentucky University's Grand Campus building number two late Monday morning after a fire alarm sounded.
While in route, RFD Battalion Chief Sam Kirby said firefighters were notified that smoke was in the apartment.
On scene, three occupants waved the firemen in from a porch area.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2018 7:07:59 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Register
Two women are dead after a a mobile home fire in Clay County. The fire started early Monday morning on Paw Paw Road, west of Manchester.
The coroner identified the victims as sisters Selina Duff, 42, and Jessica Duff, 36. Their father, Dennis Duff, was able to escape the home safely, according to the coroner.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 6:41:13 AM - SOURCE: WKYT
Volunteer firefighters with the Middletown Fire Protection District spent the weekend training.
The Chief said Middletown is one of the last departments offering classes in volunteer recruit training. They train for six to eight months. Training is free and often leads to full-time positions.
On Sunday, recruits learned how to save themselves or a fellow firefighter on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2018 5:03:51 PM - SOURCE: WLKY.com Louisville Channel
A family of seven was displaced Friday night when a duplex caught fire, according to the Lexington Fire Department.
Investigators say the fire started in the vacant side of a duplex in the 200 block of Simba Way just before 9:00 p.m.
Firefighters say the fire appears to have started on the second floor and spread into the attic and through the floor and wall into the occupied duplex on the other side, displacing the family.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2018 3:55:24 AM - SOURCE: WTVQ-TV Lexington
The Danville Police Chief Tony Gray confirmed there will be no entrance to Millennium Park from Cunningham Drive, the main entrance to the park.
Gray says if anyone needs to access the park to enter from the fairgrounds side off of U.S. 127, or through the neighborhoods of Lannock Drive and Argyll Woods Drive.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 11:53:06 AM - SOURCE: WTVQ-TV Lexington
Police are responding to a shooting and a car fire in a commercial area of Jeffersontown.
It happened around 4:40 p.m. in the 11500 block of Bluegrass Parkway. That's off Blankenbaker Parkway at Interstate 64. When Air 3 arrived over the scene, there was a flaming SUV with firefighters working to extinguish it in the parking lot of the At Home store.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 2:24:46 PM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
The Hopkinsville Fire Department will be hiring a deputy chief to oversee emergency services. Fire Chief Freddy Montgomery reviewed the change for the Committee of the Whole Thursday night. The position will be funded by the Hopkinsville Christian County Ambulance Board and will not impact the city budget.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 6:44:19 AM - SOURCE: WKDZ-FM 106.5 Real Country
A Richmond family was displaced Thursday morning after a fire erupted in their South Killarney home.
The structure fire was reported around 9:37 a.m., and smoke and flames were noted by the occupants, according to Richmond Fire Department Public Information Officer Corey Lewis.
When RFD arrived, residents had evacuated their home — the smoking right side of the duplex — but were attempting to rescue pets inside.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 1:46:30 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Register
A woman is facing charges after a fire was set inside of an apartment building.
Holly Pitts was charged with arson after police said she set a fire inside of an occupied building in the Saddlebrook apartments, near Rockford Lane, around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the damage to the building was minor.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 10:35:34 AM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
Billy Mattingly has been named Bardstown’s new fire chief, but it’s not the Billy Mattingly who is chief of Nelson County Fire and Rescue.
Mayor Dick Heaton announced his appointment of the retired battalion chief of the Okolona Fire Department in a press release Wednesday.
Billy N. Mattingly, 59, is the older brother of Anthony Mattingly, former chief of the old Bardstown-Nelson County department, who is now a sergeant for the department in Worthington in Jefferson County.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 7:48:17 PM - SOURCE: Kystandard
Snow and ice didn’t keep a community staple of nearly 50 years from going up in flames Wednesday. Multiple agencies responded to a fire at Peck’s Market. Responders were out on scene on Oaks Road late into Wednesday evening.
The owners were heartbroken and thinking of their next steps. The market opened in the 1960s and closed in 2008.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 7:39:37 PM - SOURCE: WPSD-TV Local 6
A family was unable to sleep in their home Wednesday night after a fire.
Firefighters say the flames broke out just after midnight in a detached garage on Mark Avenue. It was fully engulfed when crews arrived to the scene.
The fire spread to the home's attic, also leaving some damage in the kitchen and living room due to a hole they had to make in order to battle the flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 2:22:31 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV Lex 18
The Anchorage Fire Department board has unanimously approved a plan to merge with the Middletown Fire Department.
The move would add more firefighters and paramedics, plus two new ambulances. Officials say it would also increase coverage and response times in the two cities.
Middletown currently has three fire stations and one training facility.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 10:23:38 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Wednesday morning at about 4:20, the Leitchfield Fire Department was dispatched to 1933 Sunbeam Road on the report of a structure fire.
When firefighters arrived – in five-degree temperatures and light snow – they found a nearly fully engulfed double-wide mobile home (actually, two single-wide mobile homes fashioned into one),with nearly half of the roof caved in.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 8:11:31 AM - SOURCE: WMTL & WKHG Twin Lakes Times
Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two-year budget would cut most state agencies by 6.25 percent while directing more funds to priorities like underfunded pensions for public employees, fixing the state’s adoption and foster care system, and addressing the opioid epidemic.
Bevin’s budget would leave basic funding for public schools unchanged, but ask local school districts to shoulder more of the burden for things like transportation and administrative overhead.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 6:07:41 PM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
Firefighters responded to a house fire in Louisville's Prestonia neighborhood Tuesday morning.
According to a MetroSafe supervisor, dispatchers began receiving calls about the fire at around 11:40 a.m., when people called to report smoke coming from a home in the 1200 block of Bourbon Avenue, off Preston Highway.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 9:39:21 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Louisville
The Lexington Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that left one person with serious injuries.
It happened just before 6 a.m. at the Tower Plaza Apartments.
Firefighters say it started in an apartment on the seventh floor, and caused heavy damage to that apartment. 13 other apartments suffered water damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2018 5:46:27 PM - SOURCE: WKYT
State Rep. Michael Meredith introduced a bill that if passed would improve complex and expensive auditing requirements for volunteer fire departments statewide.
Several of Warren County’s volunteer fire department chiefs along with two county magistrates met with Meredith in the fall and asked him to sponsor the legislation that is now House Bill 122.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2018 7:33:48 PM - SOURCE: The Eagle Post