It’s thats time of year again. Time to empty your change jar and help us fill one very important bucket. Fern Creek members will be out in force all week collecting for the Crusade for Children. Look for us everyday at the road blocks. Bardstown and S. Hurstbourne in the mornings and Bardstown and Gene Synder in the evening starting at 4pm. We will begin our door to door collection Wednesday evening. If you’re afraid we’ll miss you when we’re collecting feel free to stop in and drop your donation off at the firehouse.
Crusade for children is a cause that is near and dear to every firefighter’s heart. At the end of the week it isn’t about the fire trucks or the competition. It is about the millions of dollars that we all collect together.
We would like to congratulate two of our members on their decision to serve in the armed forces. Colin Gardner has decide to continue his reserve duty. He is moving over to the KY Air National guard and will be an aircraft firefighter. Joey Ward has enlisted into the Army as a calvary scout. We are proud of their commitment to serve our nation!
One of the most important trainings we do throughout the year is engineer recertification. It is vital that every engineer gets time driving and pumping each apparatus in our fleet. Skills like drafting and aerial operation may only be used a few times a year on fire scenes. It is extremely important for our members to practice these skills so they are ready when the need does arise.
On April 27th some of our members joined teams from around the county in a paintball tournament. This event was hosted by Eastwood fire at Paintball asylum. While Fern Creek may not have brought home the gold it was all for a good cause. Proceeds from the tournament went the the WHAS 11 Crusade for Children.
Over the last year we have been working to refurb Forestry 7172, our 1978 CJ7. While many Jefferson County departments utilize pickup trucks as field units Fern Creek went a different route. Our district has more rural and wooded areas than most other department. Having the Jeep allows easier access these remote places. It’s short wheel base and powerful drive train allows 72 to go places the other field units can’t. 72 has been part of our fleet for over 40 years, and hopefully with these upgrades we can get 40 more!
On March 7th Crystal Ferrell noticed a house fire while on her way to school. She stopped, called 911, and alerted the homeowners, giving them ample time to escape. Her actions that day saved lives! As a small token of our appreciation we were able to give Crystal a $1,000 scholarship to the university of Kentucky. Crystal has a very bright future ahead of her and we are very proud to play a part in it!