Mark Rine became a firefighter because he wanted to save people. In the end, that job could also be what kills him. Rine has cancer. This is a story about firefighters who are dying of cancer more often than in burning buildings, and of one dying man who is dedicating the time he has left to saving his fellow firefighters from the same fate.
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The Fern Creek Fire Department would like to welcome its newest member Colin Gardner. Colin joined our career staff in October. He is 23 and was born in St. Petersburg FL. Colin is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He also serves in the Army National Guard as a medic. He is proving to be a great addition to our team!
As part of fire safety month we would like to encourage every family to create a fire escape plan. Planning your escape routes and having a meeting place are easy ways to prepare for a house fire. While we all hope you never need to use it, having these plans in place is very important. The links below will help your family build a quality fire escape plan. Please make sure have home fire drills often.
Fern Creek mourns, with our friends at the Buechel Fire Department, the loss of Charles J. Riggle who died on October 16th.
Charlie was a retired Captain with the Buechel Fire Protection District, and the Bagdad Fire Protection District in his retirement. He was heavily involved with the Emergency Medical Service Educators of Kentucky. He was a certified EMT for 33 years, teaching EMT/Fire classes across the state. Charlie also use to work for Fern Creek as a part-time fire marshal.
Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to WHAS Crusade for Children.
40 years ago you had about 17 minutes to escape a house once it caught fire, today it is estimated to be only 3 minutes. One of the easiest things you do to expand that time is shut the door on the fire if it is safe to do so. Even if you become trapped in a house, with fire preventing your escape, shutting the door can buy you valuable time. Check out UL’s “Close the Door” website and see just how much of a difference it makes.
As Fern Creek firefighters it is an honor to serve our community. It is our mission to provide the highest quality fire protection to our residents, but no amount of equipment or training is more effective at stopping a fire than you taking step in preventing one. We love our job, but the best call is the one we never have to make!
In this post you will find a few home safety tips as well as links to agencies that specialize in the science of keeping your home safe.