Fern Creek FD is mouring with our friends at the Zoneton Fire Department as they say Goodbye to their Chief. Chief Rob Orkies lost his battle with Cancer and Covid-19 on December 11th. Chief Orkies served his community for 36 years and lead his department in a way that few others will ever be able to match.
December Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, 12/14/2020 at 7:00 PM
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent declarations of national and state of emergencies, no physical location for the public will be provided except for members of the board and essential employees. The meeting of this board is forced to be held via video teleconference using Gotomeeting.com via access code 837112965. A meeting invitation has been sent to each individual board member.
The Public is invited to attend via video conferencing,
or via telephone by calling 1-646-749-3112
Access Code: 837112965.
At our October Board of Trustees meeting the district promoted Lt. Col Scott Evans to Deputy Chief, and Captain Ben Neal to Major. These two men bring great leadership to our command staff! With their hard work and dedication they will continue to help grown our department and provide a better service for the community.
Another 9/11 in the firehouse. Today marks 19 years since the September 11th attacks. Spending this day in a firehouse is a sobering event. The day starts like many others with coffee and news from the off going shift. But as the sun begins to rise we make our way out front. Lowering the flag to half mast and taking a moment of silence to remembers all those lives lost 19 years ago. Cars drive by as life continues, but not for us, not today. For us, this day serves as a reminder, and a time to rededicate ourselves. 343 firefighters lost their lives in New York that day, and on 9/12 those remaining got back on the truck. Our service never stops! Across the country fire companies will answer calls for help baring 9/11 stickers and decals, and with 343 souls watching over them.
On September 1st Major Todd Newman retired after serving the community of Fern Creek for 37 years. Major Newman joined the department in 1983 and promoted through the ranks, ultimately becoming a Major of Health & Safety. Todd also served as a member of our Board of Trustees for 20 years. During his time at FCFD he redefined the term fire family. He served along side his brothers and nephew. His daughters were also very involved in the department helping with events such as the crusade. He also helped to mentor countless firefighters over his 37 years. He was never afraid to pass on the knowledge that he learned. In his last years with the department Major Newman worked with other firefighters to help establish our cancer policy, which is considered one of the most aggressive in the state. No amount a gratitude will able be enough to truly thank Major Newman for all that he has brought to our department and community.
Fern Creek Fire Protection District
We are currently seeking applications for an administrative assistant to the Chief. Applications can be downloaded from the link below or picked up in person from Fern Creek Fire & EMS Station 1 at 6200 Bardstown Rd. All applications must be submitted on or before September 2nd, 2020. Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or in dropped off at Station 1 during business hours. I full description of the position can be found information below.
Submit applications to email@example.com
We are proud to announce that despite COVID-19 we were still able to collect over $119,000 for the WHAS Crusade for Children. The pandemic created quite the roadblock for our traditional means of collecting. We did what firefighters do and adapted and overcame. We worked with Louisville business owners to aid in our collection, and like many other departments we conducted drive thru donations at the firehouse. While we hope that we will be back to normal for next years Crusade we aren’t going to sit around to find out. We are already planning new and exciting ways to collected for the amazing charity.