Lexington Fire Department celebrates 150 years

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Fire Department has served the community for 150 years. To celebrate this milestone, the department set up two weeks of activities not only for themselves, but the community. Sunday afternoon, fire trucks of all makes, models and years were on display for families as firefighters competed in friendly competitions to showcase some of their skills.

“It’s pretty cool to be able to interact with the public like this, we do it all the time but not to this scale,” says Lexington firefighter Todd Houston “Usually it’s their worst day, that we’re being called because they’re in a car wreck or they’re sick or hurt.”

Firefighters say as the largest fire department in Kentucky, it’s important to recognize history and how far they’ve come. The Lexington Fire Department says Saturday night, a dinner was hosted honoring retirees, the people who helped build the department to where it is now.

“Fire service is built a lot on tradition,” says Houston.

Hundreds of people walked around the restored fire trucks and kids had a blast getting to see inside and learn more about them. Firefighters say they hope to inspire kids to be firefighters when they grow up and at least one child left Sunday ready to save lives.

“I know one thing, this guy right here has been inspired,” says Sarah Davis in regards to her son, Andrew. “He said ‘well I think I might just be a firefighter’ and I think that’s a really good thing.”

Between cheering on the competing firefighters in their games to admiring the craftsmanship on old trucks, the Lexington Fire Department kicked off 150 years in the best way.

“I think without the Lexington Fire Department there would be a lot of culture missing from the city of Lexington, it’s just a wonderful place, wonderful community/family atmosphere,” says Davis.

If you missed Sunday’s events, catch one of the celebrations below before October 3rd. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, September 21st, 6–8 P.M., Fire Station 4 (oldest fire station) at 246 Jefferson St., festival-type atmosphere: Bounce house, food, games, station tours.
  • Saturday, September 25th, 8 A.M.–noon, Fire Station 3 at 370 Merino Street, pancake breakfast and station tours.
  • Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30 A.M.–6:30 P.M., blood drive, Lexington Fire Department Local 526 Union Hall at 2205 Thunderstick Drive.
    • Partnership with the Kentucky Blood Center, goal is to get 150 donations in one day in honor of the 150th anniversary and to give back to our community by helping to offset a severe national blood shortage. The first 150 donors will receive a free commemorative 150th anniversary challenge coin and travel mug.
  • Wednesday, September 29th, 5–8 P.M., Fire Station 24 (newest fire station) at 2754 Magnolia Springs Drive, festival-type atmosphere: bounce house, food, games, station tours.
  • Sunday, October 3rd, Fire Prevention Festival, 2–6 P.M., Masterson Station Park, bounce houses, petting zoo, food, games, fire truck rides, over 40+ vendors, touch-a-truck.

For more information on the events for the Lexington Fire Department’s anniversary, go to the Lexington Fire Department’s Facebook page under “events“.

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