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

The ever growing 5th Annual Metro Louisville Firefighters Rib Cook Off will take place on Saturday October 12, 2019.  Team Registrations are now open!  Teams must register online by completing the entry form at www.stmatthewsfd.com/entry-form. (click here) Rib Cook Off rules and other information about the event can be located under the Rib Cook Off tab on the STMFD website at www.stmatthewsfd.com.

A few extra activities will be taking place at this years Rib Cook Off.  This same weekend the St. Matthews Fire Department will be celebrating their 100 years of service to the community!  This Centennial celebration will bring out a few more apparatus and firefighters of the past.  Please join us for this special event.

The St. Matthews Fire Department was founded in 1919 and is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year.  The St. Matthews Fire Department Reunion Committee has been working hard on planning a celebration of this centennial anniversary.  The entire community, along with all past members and their families will be invited to celebrate this milestone on October 12, 2019.  Further details will be released as we approach the day of celebration.  SAVE THE DATE: October 12, 2019.

It has been raining for days and we are all tired of it!  Many roads in the Louisville area have been covered by water from rivers and creeks overflowing their banks.  If you approach one of these water covered roads, please turn around and find an alternate route to your destination.  #TurnAroundDontDrown

Flood Watch issued February 12 at 3:37AM EST until February 13 at 4:00AM EST by NWS Louisville …FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON… …FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST /NOON CST/ THIS AFTERNOON… The Flood Watch continues for * Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky * Until 1 PM EST this afternoon. * A persistent plume of rainfall will continue along a slow- moving frontal boundary this morning and into early this afternoon. The rain will be moderate in intensity at times, causing rises on area rivers and streams and likely periods of street flooding. The heaviest rainfall is expected between now and 10 AM EST. * The rain has already resulted in minor river flooding and could cause some area rivers to rise to moderate flood stage. In addition, isolated flash flooding is possible early Tuesday. Total additional rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are possible before the rains end this afternoon. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Monitor forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. As always remember this slogan… Turn Around…Don`t Drown.

 

With the merging of the Lyndon Fire Protection District into the St. Matthews Fire Protection District comes the need to hire Paramedics and EMT s to staff the expansion of the ambulance fleet to service the Lyndon Area of the new expanded district.  If interested, you may click on the link below to download an application. These completed applications can be returned by either email (with all requested documents scanned and attached) to EMS@stmatthewsfd.com or hand delivered during normal business hours to Terri Livers.  All requested information and documentation must be complete.

The Fire District is expanding its 24/7 ALS ground ambulance service in the Lyndon service area.  Current shift tours are:  Day Tour 0800-2000 hrs and Night Tour 2000-o800 hrs.  EMS crews will work under the direction of the EMS Chief and supervision by the house Captain.  Fire Department certifications are not required for these positions.  EMS continuing education will be offered however, each employee will be responsible for maintaining their own hours and certifications.  Paramedic applicants must have ACLS and PLS certification from the AHA.  Other questions about these positions may be emailed to: EMS@stmatthewsfd.com.

DOWNLOAD EMS APPLICATION

Thank you to all the citizens in the St. Matthews and Lyndon area that dropped of new toys at one of our fire stations.  Thanks to the donations of our caring neighbors, many children across the Louisville Metro area will have a slightly better Christmas this year.

Thank You!

Watch this NFPA video for help creating the holiday atmosphere you love, and the security of knowing you’re keeping yourself and your family and friends safer from fire.

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer.

Picking the tree
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2″ from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
After Christmas
  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

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!

Save the date for the 2018 Firefighters Rib Cook Off hosted by St. Matthews Fire & Rescue.  This year’s competition is set for October 6, 2018 at the St. Matthews Fire Station located at 240 Sears Avenue and will once again benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children and Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Teams from fire departments across Kentuckiana will once again compete for bragging rights on who can produce the best ribs.  The entire community is invited to come out and attend the family friendly festivities associated with the competition.

Watch a promotional video and get more information below.

 

2019 Hands-Only CPR Event

Come out and join us at The Mall St. Matthews on February 9, 2019 and learn “Hands- Only CPR” for FREE.  Help us help you help others by learning this easy life saving technique.  We will be setup in the food court area from 10 AM to 6 PM.  If you have any questions, you can email Paramedic Abby Bailey at abailey@stmatthewsfd.com.