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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 history of volunteer and professional firefighting in Lexington is long and proud,” Gray said. “Just as public safety is our top priority today, events like this demonstrate it has been a priority in Lexington for many years.”

Station tours, historical pictures, and the 1911 Knox Fire Engine that ran out of Station Six were on site to illustrate how much has changed over the past 100 years. Free food, refreshments, and music were also available for guests to enjoy.

In its early years, Station 6 was called the “Scovell Engine House,” named after Melville A. Scovell a prominent agricultural leader with national recognition at the turn of the century. It was also where all the department training took place until the Training Division was relocated to Old Frankfort Pike in 1969.

Station 6 has housed, at some time, almost every type of apparatus the department has used: pumpers, ladder trucks, emergency care units, water towers, and district officers. Built in a bungalow style, the station was last remodeled in 1986. First-in response from Station 6 includes the University of Kentucky, hospitals, and warehouses.

From Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services

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