Lexington Fire Department asking for donations in effort to keep smoke alarm program alive

The Lexington Fire Department has installed nearly 8,000 smoke alarms in Lexington homes since 2013, but the work may have to be put on hold till funding catches up. “We really have a need for this in Lexington,” said Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Best. “We’ve had 3 fatal fires resulting in 6 deaths in Fayette County this year. Unfortunately, there weren’t working smoke alarms...

Lexington Fire Department’s Station Six celebrates 100 years of service to the city

Mayor Jim Gray, Fire Chief Kristin Chilton, and the rest of the Lexington Fire Department celebrated 100 years of service at Fire Station number Six today. “I was assigned to station 6 as a firefighter and again as a lieutenant and captain,” said Chilton. “I’m very proud to have served here, and to be a small part of the service this station has given to this community.” “The...

Little Heroes: Lexington boys receive Meritorious Civilian Citations for making life-saving decisions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and two “little heroes” were recognized Thursday for a life-saving deed earlier this summer. The two young boys from Lexington, ages 8 and 9, were honored for saving the life of a 2-year-old family member who had slipped into a family pool. Cousins Chase Covey and Parker Everhard had a teamwork approach to the potential tragedy. Chase,...

More rescue workers from Kentucky headed to Texas to assist with Harvey cleanup effort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More Kentuckians are heading to Texas to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Forty-six airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard will join with 14 other members who were sent Sunday to perform rescue operations in the Friendswood area about halfway between Houston and Galveston. The additional airmen were sent Tuesday to George Bush International Airport in Houston where...

Gray, Chilton open Fire Station 2, the first new firehouse built in Lexington in over a decade

Mayor Jim Gray, Fire Chief Kristin Chilton and Lexington Councilmembers officially opened the new Fire Station 2 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. “This replacement station…the first new firehouse we’ve built since 2005…is essential to serve this growing part of our city,” Gray said. “Public safety is our top priority, and that means making sure our firehouses can meet the needs...

Construction worker from West Virginia dies after falling at the UK Student Center project

A 47-year-old construction worker, Michael Perschitti of West Virginia, has died of multiple blunt force trauma following an accident on the construction site of the University of Kentucky Student Center on Avenue of Champions. These details were released by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office. A group tours the UK Student Center site last November (UK Image) The construction worker was employed...

Fire Prevention Festival at Masterson State Park highlights week of activities

The Lexington Fire Department is hosting the 2016 Fire Prevention Festival at Masterson Station Park on Oct. 2 from 2-6 p.m. in support of Fire Prevention Week. The event is free to everyone. Some of the free events you can look forward to include free food, fire safety stations, fire truck rides, Kasey the Fire Dog shows, kids firefighter combat challenge, pony rides/petting zoo, various health...

Liberty Elementary fifth-grader Frisby tapped as 2016 Lexington junior fire chief

Ryan Frisby of Liberty Elementary will represent Lexington schoolchildren as the city’s 2016 junior fire chief, and he is an ideal pick because of his longtime interest in safety. “If we all take part in preventing fires, even if we’re 10 years old, it could save a life,” he wrote in his winning essay. This year’s nationwide theme for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) is “Don’t Wait...

Follow the Law: Lexington police, firefighters urge fireworks safety this summer

When celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks this summer, use caution and follow the law. The Lexington Fire Department and Lexington Police Department are reminding citizens, if it goes up or blows up, it’s illegal in Lexington. In general, the only consumer fireworks allowed to be sold or used in Lexington are sparklers, ground spinners and fountains. Under city ordinance, aerial and audible...

Two Lexington firefighters use CPR skills to save heart attack victim at conference

Two Lexington firefighters who were attending an American Heart Association training conference recently ended up putting their CPR skills to use to save a heart attack victim who was also attending the conference. Now, firefighters are again urging everyone to take advantage of CPR training classes offered by the Lexington Fire Department. Lexington Fire Department Captain Les Fryman and Lexington...

Gray names 23-year department veteran Kristin Chilton Lexington’s first female fire chief

Mayor Jim Gray announced Thursday Kristin Chilton will be Lexington’s next fire chief. Chilton, now Assistant Chief, is a 23-year veteran of the force who has worked her way up in the Division through numerous assignments, giving her a broad range of experience. “This is an important day for our city,” Gray said. “Public safety is a top priority for our citizens, and for me. Kristin Chilton...

Lexington Fire Department hosting second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day for search and rescue

The Lexington Fire Department (LFD) will host its second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day Saturday, March 19, at the Fire Training Center located at 1375 Old Frankfort Pike. Boy Scouts, ages 11-18, who complete the day will be awarded their Merit Badge in “Search and Rescue.”. The full day of classroom and hands-on training will culminate in the afternoon, with mock search and rescue scenarios,...

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security honors Lexington Fire Department’s Gregg Bayer

Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Gregg Bayer has been awarded the Fire Intelligence Liaison Officer of the Year by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Fusion Center. Inspired by the Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” campaign, Bayer developed a suspicious activity reporting page within the fire department’s intranet system. Gregg...

A Firefighter’s Mission: Tim Boniface hoping to use nomination to spread fitness message

Tim Boniface hopes to use the 2015 Ultimate Men’s Health Guy Search competition to promote awareness about cardiac arrest in firefighters. (Photo provided)   While in high school, Tim Boniface decided he wanted to go into finance and banking. He made that choice because he knew this was a career path that would afford him a comfortable lifestyle. He had seen others do well in that field, and...

‘Let’s be careful out there’: Weather-related falls, some serious, keep fire department busy

Since 6 a.m., the Lexington Fire Department has responded to six injuries from weather-related falls. Three of those injured were taken to the hospital.   When temperatures drop, even surfaces that look clear can still be slippery, an official said. The department suggested these tips:   1. Take it slow. If you see snow, take it slow. Walk slowly and allow extra time to get to your destination.   2....

Lexington Fire Department hopes to make Oct. 19 a wreck-free day, needs your help

Statistics collected by the Lexington Fire Department show that more than 600,000 people are on their cellphones while driving at any given moment during daylight in this country. (Photo from LFD)   The Lexington Fire Department Firefighter Safety Initiative 2014 is this Sunday, Oct. 19. The campaign slogan this year is “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All,” and the goal is to make Oct. 19...

Lexington grandfather's philanthropy ends up helping his granddaughter several years later

There is a phone call Dr. Matthew Dawson will never forget.   While he was a medical resident in Utah, his father Stewart Dawson, then the chaplain for the Lexington Fire Department, called to ask him about a bispectral index monitor – more commonly called a BIS monitor.   Stewart Dawson and Avery Dawson, now 2 1/2. (Photo from UK) The September phone call from his father related to a piece...

Firefighters, news anchors, mayor accept Cold Water Challenge supporting fellow fireman

Channel 18’s Kristen Pflum accepted the callout and took The Cold Water Challenge to help firefighter Joe Vissing. (Photo from LFD)   Firefighters across the state are showing their support of firefighter Joe Vissing through The Cold Water Challenge and a golf scramble.   Firefighters Greg Gerton and Terrence Gatewood endure a Cold Water Challenge after calling out several others to...

Setting fires in middle of crowd not only illegal but dangerous, Lexington Fire Dept. warns

With the NCAA Final Four games approaching, the Lexington Fire Department reminds everyone that setting fires in the middle of a crowd is not only illegal but dangerous. In 2012 and again this past weekend, fire crews saw several people who had received accidental burns during post-game celebrations – most minor but some that were not.   A majority of those injured recently were not the...

First time in years no Lexington resident is killed in Fayette County structure fire in 2013

For the first time in seven years, no residents of Lexington were killed in a Fayette County structure fire in 2013, according to a report just released by the Lexington Fire Department.   Fire statistics for 2013 revealed that for the first time since 2006, no one was killed in a structure fire and citizen and firefighter injuries showed a sharp decline.   Lexington Fire Department firefighters...