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Lexington Fire Dept. Study Unveiled At Council Work Session

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A study on Lexington fire stations was made public at an Urban County Council work session Tuesday. 

The study, carried out by Public Safety Solutions Incorporated, analyzed a several areas, including facilities, vehicles, and emergency response.  From there, it provided a variety of recommendations, the most notable being the relocation of fire stations 2,7, and 10, as well as the consolidation of stations 3 and 4 into one building.  Assistant Fire Chief Harold Hoskins said the department is weighing several options on what to do with stations 3 and 4, as they are home to some of the most active fire and ambulance crews. 

"We’ve got to keep a presence in that area, whether that be at Maxwell-Merino or whether we combine it and go through building a building besides station 4 to house them, that remains to be seen," he said.

Other suggestions include tailoring the use of lights and sirens on ambulances to the severity of a patient’s condition and improving response time inside and outside the Urban Service Area.  Hoskins says his department is also working on facility maintenance issues.

"We’re addressing those, some of the HVAC issues at some of our older stations, those kind of things, we’ve taken care of that already this summer with the additional funding we got in this year’s budget," he said.

More information on the study can be found online at lexingtonky.gov.

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.