After 38 years of service to the community of Fern Creek , our first paid fire Chief, has retired. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for his leadership and guidance. Over his time as Chief our department has evolved from a strictly volunteer into a combination department. He over saw the hiring of our first paid firefighters, the building of a new firehouse, and the purchases of several pieces of apparatus. He has built our department into what it is today and is the reason we can provide Fern Creek with some of the best fire protection in the state. Thank you Chief Schmidt for your lifetime of service. We hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement.
Monday night our members trained on the importance of Salvage during fire operations. While the act of Salvaging items from a burning structure isn’t tactically vital it is easily one of the most important acts we can do for the victims of fires. A fire is an emotionally draining experience for residents, and being proficient at salvage is a way we can reduce that stress. While homes may be lost, the ability to save and protect at least some of person’s cherished belongings may be what holds them together. Our salvage training focuses on two key areas. Removing water from the home and shielding larger items in place.
Come on out and see our friends in blue! Louisville Metro Police will be hosting an ice cream event at the Bardstown rd Kroger on July 27th.
Congratulations to Fern Creek’s newest Trustee! Sgt Dale Shewmaker was elected to our Board of Trustees as a firefighter representative. Dale has been a member of our department for 8 years and is currently a sergeant on platoon 3.
We would also like to give a HUGE thank you to Major Todd Newman! After 20 years, Major Newman decided to step down as one of our firefighter reps on the Board of Trustees. He has been constant voice for our firefighters and he will be missed.
Finally, we are delighted that Mayor Appointed Trustee Tracy DeLoch has agreed to stay on for another 3 year term. Tracy currently serves as of Secretary of the Board. She is a huge asset and a brings a wealth of knowledge to our Board of Trustees.
How to stay safe
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for our local area.
From 2PM Thursday, until 8PM Sunday, high temperatures and high humidity will produce heat indices ranging from 100 degrees to as high as 110 degrees.
Temperatures in this range can lead to dangerous and even deadly conditions- especially for the elderly, and for very young children.
The following information will show you the signs and symptoms to look out for to avoid these potentially deadly conditions.
We will be hosting a retirement luncheon to celebrate the 35 years of service Chief Mike Schmidt has dedicated to the Fern Creek Fire Department. The lunch will be held at our Station 1, 6200 Bardstown Rd, on July 31st. For more information please call 502-239-7075.
The Highview fire district needs your help! Highview Fire borders Fern Creek and we help each other a lot on the fire ground. Well now its time to help them in a much deeper way. Recently one of Highview firefighters, Sgt. Mike Henson, was diagnosed with cancer. The department is selling bracelets and challenge coins to help raise funds. Bracelets are $3 each or 2 for $5. The coins are $10 each and will be available for sale once they are delivered. More information on purchasing these items can be found on Highview’s Facebook page, or be clicking the link below.
Have you ever thought about becoming a firefighter?
Ever wondered what it might take?
A career in firefighting can fill you with a pride that few others get to experience!
If you are interested in the possibility of this exciting challenge we would like to invite you to an informational meeting at our station 1 on July 22nd. at 7:00 PM. This meeting will not only be a great opportunity to learn about our training, but you’ll also get a chance to see all technical equipment we use to serve the community. Fire, EMS, technical rescue, we do it all.
At this meeting you’ll be able to get answers to all of your questions. Serving your community as a firefighter is an amazing and fulfilling calling. The feeling you get from a job well done is second to none!
We hope to see you there!