Incident Description: On Oct. 24, 2018, California Office of Emergency Services Assistant Fire Chief Ken Hood suffered an acute medical emergency during a multi-agency coordination meeting in Quincy, CA. He received immediate assistance from the Quincy Fire Department and other public safety professionals who were attending the meeting. Despite a valiant effort by first responders and then emergency room personnel, Hood passed away hours later at the Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, CA.
During his 24-hour shift on Nov. 8, 2018, Firefighter Michael Lubig led a crew as acting Sergeant for Squad 4 during which he responded to three fires and one medical incident. Toward the end of his shift, Lubig suffered a medical emergency and was transported to Henry Ford Hospital. On Nov. 12, 2018, Lubig passed away from the injuries sustained. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
Incident Location: Pending
With the signing of an executive order by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Lyndon Fire Protection District and the St. Matthews Fire Protection District will officially be merged effective July 1, 2018. Following months of discussion and evaluation of various options, the Lyndon Fire Protection District board of trustees formally approved a merger at their meeting on May 29, 2018. The St. Matthews Fire Protection District then approved the merger at their meeting on June 6, 2018. A “Joint Merger Petition…” of the two fire districts was signed by the Fire Chiefs and Board Chairmen on June 18, 2018 and filed with Mayor Fischer on June 20, 2018.
This merger will enhance fire and rescue services to the merged district by reducing response times, increasing staffing levels thus providing a higher level of service for the merged district. The merger will provide the needed level and accessibility of emergency medical response resources to the benefit of the merged district through the expansion of St. Matthews Fire & EMS’s ambulance fleet stationed throughout the merged district. These two entities now come back to where they both started. In 1950 the Lyndon Volunteer Fire Department was organized. It’s area of service at the time was carved out of an area of rural Jefferson County previously serviced by the St. Matthews Volunteer Fire Department. Today’s service is much different from those early days. At the time both fire departments were made up of all volunteers firefighters. Today the new entity will now be one of the larger fire and EMS services in suburban Louisville operating out of four fire stations with around 90 full time career fire and EMS personnel.
The quality service that has been provided to the citizens of both entities in the past will not be lost, but will only be enhanced, as we all continue to proudly serve the citizens we are here to protect!
The American Red Cross hosted a “Battle of The Badges” Community Blood Drive on June 4, 2019 at the St. Matthews Community Center. The “Battle of The Badges” was a “friendly battle” set up to motivate some to give a little blood. The nation’s blood supply is currently critically low. This is of great concern going into summer because blood donations historically decrease during these months. The community of St. Matthews did their part and came out to donate. St. Matthews fire trucks and ambulances from all 4 stations rotated through and visited with those who showed up. Fire Trucks must be a good draw and more popular than police cars. Our friendly competition, “Battle of the Badges” between the St. Matthews PD and St. Matthews FD resulted in an overwhelming victory for the firefighters. There were 23 firefighter donations to the 6 police officer donations! Although the police lost the battle we do appreciate everything they do for our community and really appreciate the blood donations given by the extra special six. Thank you to everyone who turned out to help save lives by donating blood! #FirefightersRule
As of 12/14/2018 at 11:00 AM there was a CSX train broken down on the tracks with brake issues. All railroad crossings between, and including, Chenoweth Lane and Hubbards Lane are blocked. These crossing will be blocked for several hours. Traffic in the these areas are extremely congested. Motorists are urged to find alternate routes to avoid the area.
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