Welcome Colin!

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!

Have a escape plan!

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.

Charles J. Riggle

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.

Close the door

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.

 

Home Safety Tips

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.

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Fire Safety Month

October is national fire safety month. Each week we will be posting a new page discussing different areas of fire safety. So check back often to learn how your family can be better prepared for a fire.

Bonfire and Fire pit Safety

It’s that time of year again where we gather around backyard bonfires. This timeless traditional is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to escape the stresses of daily life. However, before we ever strike a match we must consider fire safety. In this post we will layout some bonfire safety tips as well as the laws regarding open burning in Jefferson County.

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Car fire: 10 / 1 / 17

Early this morning FCFD extinguished a car on fire at Bardstown Rd and Little Springs.  The car was safely put out with no injuries.

 

New Equipment

As our community continues to grow the Fern Creek Fire Department must grow and adapt with it. With the addition of the Parklands comes the need for new equipment to aid in technical rescues. The Parklands has 2700 acres in the Fern Creek area alone. There are over 9 miles of waterways and approximately 30 miles of trails. Fern Creek’s new ATV (7173) and Rescue boat allows the department to be better equipped for situations the could unfold in the park, as well as other parts of the district. This new equipment has only been in place for a few weeks and is already proven itself very useful. On September 25th units responded with Louisville Metro EMS and the Park Rangers on a medical emergency in Broad Run Park. Our new Polaris played a vital role in getting the patient out of the trails and into the hands of EMS.

 

Our Polaris was bought with the help a several members of the Louisville Metro Council who understand the importance of the department being prepared for anything that could happen in the district. Fern Creek would like to give a big Thank you to Council members Stuart Benson, Robin Engel, and James Peden!

Rollover: 9/26/17

Units from Fern Creek and Highview responded to an automobile accident with a rollover. Crews worked together to stabilize the vehicle which had come to rest in a soy bean field.  Part of the car roof had to be removed in order to free the victim.