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Kentucky Fire Commission provides Thanksgiving safety tips to ensure safe, happy holiday

As families and friends prepare to gather for Thanksgiving, the Kentucky Fire Commission encourages everyone to take several precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday. “This time of year there is always a spike in preventable home fires as it becomes easy to get distracted when gathering for holiday celebrations,” said Ronnie Day, executive director of the Kentucky Fire Commission. “Thanksgiving...

Lexington to serve as stop on 100-mile walk to raise awareness of firefighter cancer, PTSD and suicide

The Kentucky Fire Commission will serve as one stop on a six-day walk that began Sunday to help raise awareness about the leading causes of firefighter deaths in the United States. The Kentucky Fire Commission will host participants of the My Brother’s Burden walk at noon on Friday at its offices in Lexington, at 118 James Court. The day prior, the group will be at the Scott County Fire Department,...

State Emergency Management officials offer respiratory tips as wildfires continue to burn

As of Monday afternoon, there were 33 active wildfires being managed or monitored throughout Kentucky. Approximately 14,800 acres have burned through wildfires in the Commonwealth since Oct. 29. Fifty six counties have issued burn bans: Adair, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Butler, Calloway, Carlisle, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd,...

Firefighters from across the country in Lexington for national Combat Challenge Weekend

Firefighters from across the country will demonstrate their strength and skills during the Firefighter Combat Challenge this weekend. The event will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 11 at the Hilton Suites (Lexington Green) parking lot. The event continues at 10 a.m. on Sunday. More than 250 firefighters from across the country will be participating in the Challenge. The top three qualifiers advance...

Firefighters from across the state to sharpen skills during annual fire school

A number of firefighters will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills at the 87th annual Kentucky State Fire School scheduled for June 1-June 5 in Lexington. A full roster of classes will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, at the Lexington Convention Center and Cox Street parking lot. Firefighters and first responders from Kentucky, as well as surrounding states, will be able to choose from...

As McCall’s retirement approaches, KCTCS in ‘strong position’ to continue successful course

Staff report   When legislation was passed in 1997 creating the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, founding president Dr. Michael B. McCall was given what to some might have seemed a daunting challenge: Join the 14 existing community colleges of the University of Kentucky with the 15 technical institutes of the Kentucky Workforce Development cabinet to form a comprehensive community...

Firefighters from all over the United States
to showcase their talents in Combat Challenge

The Firefighter Combat Challenge simulates physical demands of real-life firefighting. (From KyFireCommission.kctcs.edu)   Firefighters from across the country will demonstrate their strength and skill during the Firefighter Combat Challenge this weekend. The event will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Hilton Suites (Lexington Green) parking lot. The event continues at 10 a.m. on Sunday,...