Lexington Fire Department

The Lexington Fire Department provides fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials, aircraft firefighting, and dive rescue operations to the 324,604 people who live in the 284 square miles of Fayette County, Kentucky. All of LFD's firefighters are at least EMTs, and more than 220 of them are Paramedics.

Lexington Fire Department
Operational area
Country United States of America
State Kentucky
County Fayette County
City Lexington
Agency overview
Established1775
Annual calls47,000 (2015)[1]
Employees600+
StaffingCareer
Fire chiefJason G. Wells
EMS levelALS
IAFF526
Facilities and equipment
Battalions5
Stations24
Engines23
Trucks5
Platforms2
Rescues1
Ambulances12 Full Time ALS, and 3 Cross-Staffed (Call Surge) ALS
Tenders1
HAZMAT1
Wildland2
Light and air2
Website
https://www.lexingtonky.gov/departments/fire-emergency-services
http://www.iaff526.org/

HistoryEdit

 
Lexington Fire Department logo

The Lexington Fire Department was formed in 1775 to protect the city of Lexington, Kentucky. In 1864, the Lexington career Fire Department was formed. In 1973, the Fayette County and Lexington governments merged, combining the county and city fire departments. Today, the Lexington Fire Department provides fire and EMS services to nearly 286 square miles and 324,604 people. The Lexington Fire Department is also the largest single fire department in Kentucky.[2]

Organization and operationsEdit

OrganizationEdit

The Lexington Fire Department is organized into 5 battalions, or "districts", each commanded by a District Major. Each shift has a Shift Commander, who is in charge of all 5 District Commanders and the units underneath them. Above the shift commander, there are various commands staff personnel, including Fire Chief Jason Wells. Most of the department's offices are at its headquarters station, Firehouse 1.

Stations and apparatusEdit

Firehouse # Station Nickname Paramedic Engine Company Ladder Company Emergency Care Unit Special Unit/Other Units Command Unit District
Firehouse 1 (Headquarters) "The Big House" Engine 1 Ladder 1 Emergency Care 1 Mobile Air 1*, Mobile Command Center* Car 205 (District 5 Commander), Car 200 (Shift Commander) 5
Firehouse 2 "The Rock" Engine 2 Ladder 5 Emergency Care 8 Car 201 (District 1 Commander) 1
Firehouse 3 "Home of the Rescue" Emergency Care 10 Rescue 1, Rescue 2 (Collapse Unit)* Car 230 (Special Operations Chief) 5
Firehouse 4 "The Phantom" Engine 4 5
Firehouse 5 "FireCats" Engine 5 Tower 2 5
Firehouse 6 Engine 6 Emergency Care 7 5
Firehouse 7 Engine 7 Emergency Care 4 2
Firehouse 8 "Legendary Pride" Engine 8 Emergency Care 3 1
Firehouse 9 Engine 9 Emergency Care 2 2
Firehouse 10 Engine 10 Ladder 3 Emergency Care 6 3
Firehouse 11 "The Jesters" Engine 11 Emergency Care 12 Car 204 (District 4 Commander) 4
Firehouse 12 "The Dirty Dozen" Engine 12 Collapse Truck 1* 4
Firehouse 13 "The Original Rescue" Engine 13 Car 203 (District 3 Commander) 3
Firehouse 14 "The Bomberos" Engine 14 Emergency Care 5 Brush Truck 1* 4
Firehouse 15 "Mall Rats" Engine 15 Emergency Care 9 4
Firehouse 16 "The Cave" Engine 16 Mass Casualty Ambulance Bus* Car 202 (District 2 Commander) 2
Firehouse 17 Engine 17 1
Firehouse 18 Engine 18 1
Firehouse 19 Engine 19 3
Firehouse 20 Engine 20 Tower 4 Hazmat 1* Car 220 (Hazmat Commander/RIT Officer) 4
Firehouse 21 “Pride of The Burg” Engine 21 Ladder 6 Emergency Care 11 Brush Truck 2* 1
Firehouse 22 Engine 22 Ladder 7 2
Firehouse 23 Engine 23 1
Firehouse 24 “The Shark Tank” Engine 24 Tanker 1 3

Note that vehicles with a * are cross-staffed by the companies/personnel at its station.

OperationsEdit

The Lexington Fire Department provides fire & EMS services, in addition to hazardous materials, technical rescue, aircraft firefighting, dive rescue, and fire prevention services. All of Lexington Fire Department's Engine Companies are paramedic engines.

EMS operationsEdit

Lexington Fire Department operates 12 full-time ALS ambulances, in addition to 3 cross-staffed ALS ambulances, that are cross-staffed when the call volume surges.

Vehicle extrication operationsEdit

Lexington Fire Department's automotive-extrication services are provided by the department's Ladder Companies, and Rescue 1.

Special operationsEdit

Many of LFD's companies are special operations companies, and are trained in some type of special operations. These companies are strategically located throughout Fayette county. The two special operations teams are the Hazmat Operations Team, and the Technical Rescue Operations Team

Hazardous materials operationsEdit

Lexington Fire Department's Hazmat Operations Team is composed of multiple companies around the city. These companies will be dispatched to hazmat incidents around the city that require more/additional/other equipment not kept on other companies. The companies that make up the team are:

  • Engine 2[3]
  • Engine 6[4]
  • Engine 10[5]
  • Engine 20 (cross-staffs Hazmat 1)[6]
  • Ladder 3
  • Tower 4 (cross-staffs Hazmat 1)[7]
  • Ladder 5[8]
  • Hazmat 1[9]
  • Hazmat trailers (prolonged operations equipment in multiple specialized trailers[9]
  • Car 220 (Hazmat Operations Team Commander/RIT Officer)[9]
Technical rescue operationsEdit

Lexington Fire Department's Technical Rescue Operations Team is composed of multiple companies around the city. These companies will be dispatched to technical rescue incidents around the city Companies that make up the team that require more/additional/other equipment not kept on other companies. The Technical Rescue Operations Team will often respond to assist departments in neighboring counties with complex technical rescue situations, such as large animal (i.e. horses) rescue incidents. The companies that make up the team are:

  • Engine 8[10]
  • Engine 9 (dive rescue operations company)[11]
  • Engine 12[12]
  • Engine 13[13]
  • Rescue 1[14]
  • Rescue 2 (reserve rescue/collapse unit)
  • Collapse Truck 1 (collapse unit)
  • Confined space rescue equipment trailer[14]
  • Trench rescue equipment trailer[14]
  • Car 230 (Technical Rescue Operations Team Commander)

These engine companies and Rescue 1 also provide RIT operations.

Support & other operationsEdit

Lexington Fire Department also maintains several support apparatus for various incident types where they might be needed. Engine 23 is an Aircraft Rescue Firefighting-equipped engine company. This is to protect aircraft operations of an aviation industry located at the site of the former Bluegrass Station Army Depot, where Station 23 is located.[15]

  • Engine 23 (ARFF-Equipped Company[15])
  • Brush Truck 1
  • Brush Truck 2
  • Mobile Air 1
  • Mobile Command Center
  • Mass Casualty Ambulance Bus

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mayor appoints first female fire chief in Lexington". kentucky.
  2. ^ "Lexington". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  3. ^ "Engine Co. 2 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  4. ^ "Engine Co. 6 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  5. ^ "Engine Co. 10 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  6. ^ "Engine Co. 20 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  7. ^ "Ladder Co. 4 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  8. ^ "Ladder Co. 5 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  9. ^ a b c "Hazmat Co. 1 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  10. ^ "Engine Co. 8 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  11. ^ "Engine Co. 9 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  12. ^ "Engine Co. 12 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  13. ^ "Engine Co. 13 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  14. ^ a b c "Rescue Co. 1 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  15. ^ a b "Engine Co. 23 - KentuckyFireTrucks". www.kentuckyfiretrucks.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.