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2nd Annual Red ◊ Blue Game
The second annual Red ◊ Blue game was played on Sunday, December 7, 2003 at Central Hardin High School in Hardin County, Kentucky. Members of police and fire departments from throughout Hardin County comprised the two teams. The Lawdogs won the game by a score of 14 to 6. The Louisville Fire football team mascot "Axe" assisted the fire department team's cheerleaders during the game. All proceeds benefit the Crusade for Children.
Barn and Woods Fire
Central Hardin Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 12:38 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2003. A barn on Bardstown Road was fully involved and already burned to the ground when they arrived. A nearby wooded area also caught fire, but was quickly extinguished. Valley Creek and Boston Fire Departments provided mutual aid. A Hardin County Sheriff's unit was also at the scene.
Hawkins Road Structure Fire
LaRue County Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Hawkins Road on October 20, 2003. Buffalo, Magnolia, and Sonora Fire Departments provided mutual aid. The single-family residence was fully involved and was a total loss. The homeowner was away at the time of the fire. The LaRue County Sheriff's Department and the LaRue County Ambulance Service were also at the scene.
Mobile Home Fire
Central Hardin firefighters responded to a mobile home fire at 2920 South Dixie Highway in Hardin County on October 13, 2003. Valley Creek and Glendale Fire Departments were on standby for mutual aid. No people were injured in the fire. A family pet lost its life due to smoke inhalation.
Propane Fire Training
Instructor Everett Roberts conducted Responding to Propane Emergencies, a 16-hour class, at Meade County Fire School the weekend of October 4, 2003. Practical exercises took place Sunday afternoon.
STATCARE Landing Zone Instruction
STATCARE landed at Meade County High School on Sunday, October 5, 2003. Pilot Star Elton explained the requirements for setting up a landing zone to students of the Meade County Fire School. For this particular helicopter, the BK-117-C1, a 70' x 70' area is required for daytime landing. Terrain must be relatively flat, with no slopes in excess of ten degrees, and clear of obstructions. Of particular concern are obstructions between the air and the ground, such as power lines. Pilot Elton cautioned students to remember to check overhead, and not just on the ground, when preparing a landing zone. The landing zone should be as close to the accident scene as possible, but not so close as to cause a disturbance when landing. Nighttime landings require a larger area, at least 100' x 100', and flares to identify the site; however, care should be taken to never position lights directly at the helicopter, thus hindering the pilot's ability to see the landing zone below.
When the class was concluded, Steven and Angela Townsend of Code 3 Images were privileged to ride with Pilot Elton and Flight Paramedic Robby Adams on a brief flight along the Ohio River.
To learn more about STATCARE, please visit their web site at http://www.statcare.org/index.htm
A nice *hot* mealÖ
by Steven Townsend
Stove burner covers certainly make your stove look better when not in use, but those metal covers sure do burn well, and the smoke that rolls off those things is lethal. Did I learn this while photographing someoneís kitchen fire? Did I read it in a book? No, I had to try it for myself.
I was practicing the fine art of being male on Wednesday evening. I enjoy cooking and I also help out in the kitchen when my wife is cooking, so it was normal for me ask, ďAngela, would you like for me to turn the oven on for you?Ē Her response was, ďPut it on 400, please.Ē So I did. Well, I turned something on: the left rear burner, which was covered by one of her apple-themed burner covers.
After my blunder we continued to fix supper, unaware of the situation that was about to erupt. Apply heat to a painted burner cover, give it two minutes or less and what do you have...smoke, really bad smoke, and lots of it. Enough to stink up the entire house. Immediately we have two people who are fighting to be the first to turn off the burner and get the smoldering burner cover into the sink, which we successfully do with utmost precision. Now itís on to opening the windows and turning on the ceiling fans. The house smells awful, so I decide to put a fan in the window so we can share this acrid smell with the neighbors. Iím sure you know all about guys and smells, we always want to share them!
Anyway, the fire is out, the cover is destroyed and I have learned my lesson about burner covers and paying attention to what Iím doing. Fortunately we were both in the kitchen when this occurred. If I had turned the burner on and we had gone to another room for a few minutes, we would have been faced with a much more dangerous situation.
Nearly all people who die in residential structure fires die from smoke inhalation. Our homes are filled with flammable materials and furnishings that produce toxic smoke when they burn, from the plastic that your television and computer is made of to the paint on the walls.
Install smoke detectors and have a working fire extinguisher on each level of your home. Teach your children how and when to call 911 and have an escape plan with a predetermined meeting place outside.
Believe me, Iím a careful person, but on Wednesday night I goofed. So be extra careful with your wifeís fancy burner covers, call 911 when you have an emergency, and leave fire fighting and ventilation of smoke-filled structures to the professionals.
Mobile Home Fire
Central Hardin Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Second Street in Plantation Park at 9:52 p.m. September 18, 2003. The mobile home was fully involved when they arrived and was a total loss. No injuries were reported. Hardin County Ambulance Service was also at the scene.
911 Remembrance Ceremony
On Thursday, September 11, 2003, a memorial service was held at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in honor of the firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on 09-11-01.
Structure Fire on Old Sonora Road
At 4:06 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2003, Sonora Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Old Sonora Road. The unoccupied single family residence was fully involved. The house was a total loss; there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Hardin County Ambulance Service and the Hardin County Sheriff's Department were also at the scene.
Automobile Extrication Class
Valley Creek Fire Department hosted an automobile extrication class Tuesday, August 5, 2003. The class was instructed by Elizabethtown Fire Chief Michael Hulsey and Valley Creek Fire Chief Andy Perry.
Jim Beam Distillery Warehouse Fire
Flames engulfed a massive wooden warehouse at the Jim Beam bourbon facility in Bardstown, Kentucky on Monday afternoon, August 4, 2003. The burning warehouse contained approximately 19,000 barrels of aging bourbon. Lightning may have been the cause of the fire, which spread to a nearby pond. Firefighting efforts were focused on protecting three adjacent warehouses. No injuries were reported.
Locust Grove Road Training Fire
Valley Creek Fire Department hosted structure fire training on Saturday, July 26, 2003. Firefighters from Glendale, Kentucky 86, Stephensburg, and LaRue County Fire Departments attended. A series of training burns were conducted inside the single-family residence before the house was allowed to burn to the ground.
LaFollette Road Structure Fire
LaRue County Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Lafollette Road at 3:53 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2003. Upon arrival they found a fully involved one-story structure with a walk-out basement. LaRue County command immediately requested mutual aid from Buffalo, Magnolia and Valley Creek Fire Departments. No injuries were reported; the home was completely destroyed.
West Dixie Structure Fire
Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a structure fire on West Dixie Avenue Sunday, July 6, 2003 at 1:57 p.m. The fire apparently started in the electric meter and traveled up the wall into the attic of the apartment house. Three families were displaced by the fire. There were no injuries. The fire was extinguished and the site was overhauled in approximately one hour. Hardin County Ambulance Service and American Red Cross were also at the scene.
TPA Safety Day
The Travelers Protective Association hosted Safety Day for children on Saturday, June 28, 2003 in the Cecilia Baptist Church parking lot. A Safety City route was navigated by children on tricycles; fingerprinting was conducted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office; DNA kits were handed out by TPA members.
The Kentucky 86 Fire Department toured children and adults through the Child Fire Safety House. Participants learned the importance of not hiding in their homes during a fire, of crawling instead of walking upright through a smoke-filled room, and many other critical elements of fire safety.
Barn Fire, Radcliff KY
Radcliff Fire Department responded at 3:18 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2003 to a barn fire on Blackjack Road. The structure was a total loss. Hardin County Ambulance Service and Radcliff Police Department were also at the scene.
Kentucky 86 Structure Fire
Kentucky 86 Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 7:04 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2003. The two-story residence was fully involved. The family was away from home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries. Hardin County Ambulance Service was also at the scene.
An MVA occurred at the entrance of Vulcan Materials Company Midsouth Division, a rock quarry on Battle Training Road, at approximately 7:45 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2003. A dump truck turning into the quarry collided with a Toyota Camry. Central Hardin Fire Department and Elizabethtown Rescue responded; Kentucky State Police and Hardin County Ambulance Service were also at the scene. StatCare landed one mile from the scene in a field adjacent to Gohmann Asphalt & Construction. The driver of the Camry was extricated and airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Structure Fire Training
Glendale, Sonora and Valley Creek Fire Departments participated in structure fire training Saturday, March 29, 2003 on Jaggers Road in Glendale. Several training burns were conducted inside the single-family residential structure before the house was allowed to burn to the ground.
Sonora Fire Department and Elizabethtown Rescue responded to an injury accident at Sonora's I-65 northbound rest stop on Saturday, March 22, 2003. An Ohio truck driver became pinned beneath an auto carrier after its driver, unaware that the man was walking behind the carrier, backed over him. Air bags loaned by Nall's Wrecker Service were used to lift the trailer in order to free the victim. He was flown via StatCare to University of Louisville hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Hardin County Ambulance Service, Kentucky State Police, and Kentucky Motor Vehicle Enforcement were also at the scene.
Springfield Road Structure Fire
At 3:04 a.m. March 10, 2003, Elizabethtown Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in a single family residence on Springfield Road. A three-year-old girl died in her second-story bedroom. Hardin County Ambulance Service, Elizabethtown Police Department and American Red Cross also responded.
New Highland Elementary School Structure Fire, Radcliff
Late Sunday evening, January 26, 2003, a mobile classroom unit at New Highland Elementary School in Radcliff caught fire and was destroyed. Crews from Radcliff and Elizabethtown Fire Departments battled the 2-alarm fire.
Jaggers Road Structure Fire Training, Glendale
Firefighters from Glendale, Sonora, Central Hardin and Valley Creek Fire Departments participated in a house fire training burn on Jaggers Road in Glendale on Saturday, January 25, 2003. Several training burns were conducted inside the single-family residential structure throughout the afternoon. For the final burn, a live Christmas tree was ignited in the living room of the structure while firefighters observed the rapid development of the fire from the front door and living room windows. The structure was allowed to burn to the ground.
Auto vs Train, Glendale
On January 8, 2003, Glendale Fire Department responded to an auto vs. train MVA on Highway 222 in downtown Glendale.
One person was injured in the crash.
LaRue County Structure Fire Training
On November 16 and 17, 2002, firefighters from various central Kentucky fire departments participated in a house fire training class near White City in LaRue County, Kentucky. The following photos document the last few minutes of the training and include the final burn of the structure.
At 2:16 on the morning of Monday, July 1, 2002, Valley Creek Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Ford Highway in Hardin County. The structure was a metal barn containing more than four hundred roll bales of hay. The fire burned through the night and the following day. Elizabethtown Fire Department, Central Hardin, Glendale and Rineyville Volunteer Fire Departments, and LaRue County Fire Department responded to assist. Hardin County Ambulance service was also on the scene. The American Red Cross provided food and beverages for the firefighters.
Ceramic Studio Fire
Central Hardin Fire Department was dispatched to Busy Hands Ceramic Studio at 11:48 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2001. The fire was started accidentally in a trailer beside the studio as the resident refueled and lit his kerosene heater. Rineyville Fire Department, Kentucky State Police, Elizabethtown Police Department, and Hardin County Ambulance Service also responded.
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