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.
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.
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.
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!
This year two of our captains taught an advanced auto extrication class at Jefferson County Fire School. Captains Eric Brown and Greg Price taught a class that picked up where basic extrication left off. They spent 2 days outside in full turnout gear, but the discomfort was well worth it to spread their knowledge to firefighters from around the state!
Fern Creek mourns with our brothers at the Louisville Division of Fire, the loss of Sgt. Timothy J. Groft who lost his battle with cancer on Sept 16th. He was a 15 year veteran of the fire service.
Today we take a moment to honor those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. We will never forget the first responders who paid the highest price to save others. Rest easy brothers.