Louisville Fire & Rescue

Local News
5:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hey Louisville, Keep the Fireworks Away From Buildings and People This Fourth of July

Sign from the Powder Keg firework store in Jeffersonville.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisville's chief fire investigator has a request for the city: Be careful with those fireworks this week.

Louisville Fire & Rescue typically deals with a three- to four-times increase in runs on the Fourth of July and days surrounding it, Major Henry Ott said.

Because of this, firefighters dealing trash fires or brush blazes may not be in place to deal with more serious structure fires, he added.

Ott noted fireworks that shoot in the air or explode are prohibited in Louisville. 

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Retired Louisville Firefighters Discuss City's Attempt to Make Interest Payment on Pension Dispute

The attorney for retired Louisville firefighters seeking an interest payment from a pension dispute settlement says her clients largely agree that they won’t accept a check from the city.

Last month, the city attempted to deliver an $8-million check to the firefighters’ attorney, Ann Oldfather. She declined, and the city ended up giving the check to Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mary Shaw, who presides over the pension case.

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6:39 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

City Reaches Contract Deal with Police, Firefighters Union

Louisville Metro Government has reached a five-year deal with the city’s police and fire unions that provides raises while making significant changes to the overtime and health plan systems.

The contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters were recently ratified by their membership, and both contracts will be presented to the Metro Council next week for consideration.

Mayor Greg Fischer says the new labor agreement helps the city align projected revenues with rising costs.

"I applaud both sides for taking a fair and affordable approach to these contracts," he says. "Our employees are among the best in class and we are on a constant journey of improvement. These new contracts take a big step toward matching revenue growth with personnel costs."

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Local News
12:48 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Kentucky Needs Statewide Team to Respond to Disasters, Fire Officials Say

Credit National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Kentucky needs a statewide search and rescue team that can respond more quickly to natural and other disasters, fire officials from Louisville and Lexington told state lawmakers.

Doug Recktenwald, an assistant chief for Louisville Fire & Rescue, and Greg Bayer, a battalion chief for the Lexington Fire Department, testified this week before the interim joint committee on public protection.

Recktenwald said being able to launch rescue operations more quickly from anywhere in the state would save lives and better protect property.

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