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|PO Box 1210|
|Corbin, KY 40702-1210|
|Station 1 Physical Address|
|90 Gloucester Avenue|
|Corbin, KY 40701-6113|
|(Pronounced gloss - ter)|
|Station 2 Physical Address|
|351 US Hwy 25W|
|Corbin, KY 40701|
|Fire Hazard Season|
Feb. 15th - April 30th
Oct. 1st - Dec. 15th
|Division of Forestry|
The Last Tuesday
of Every Month
@ 6:30PM @
West Knox Station 1
Next to Old Lynn Camp School
|NEW FREQUENCY 453.5625|
FCC Forces a Change...
In 2013 all two-way radios are required by the FCC to be narrowband compliant. Since most of our radios are 10 plus years old, they are not compliant. We have to replace 7 radios in our trucks, radios & pagers for 38 firefighters, a radio at both stations, radios at both Laurel & Knox Dispatch and our repeater. Our cost is going to be around $40,000. We have no choice but to change.
We have been working with Laurel Counties CSEPP Director to be included in some federal funding to help with these funds. We have also just been awarded a VFA Grant that will give us $5,000 toward this project. Senator Stivers & State Representative Stewart have worked with our Knox County Fiscal Court to secure $10,000 in coal severance money that we will use toward this project.
The end result is that with all of the firefighters business and money management skills, our community will not be burdened with try to help fund a $40,000 project.
We will also be changing from VHF to UHF. Once we receive our new frequency, we will post it here so anyone that wants to listen to us, can.
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Was That The Greatest... or What !?!?!
We start preparing for our Fireworks @ the Firehouse about a month before the 4th. Deciding the night to have them is usually the biggest discussion. We have always tried to have them on the 4th and not sway from that. Occasionally the 4th falls on a Sunday and we move it to another night so we can all go to church.
After we decide the night, we move on to the food, fireworks and the setup of the whole night. For the past several years, the Moses family has donated the main meat for the night. They supply the pig and the roaster to prepare it. Several of the firefighters start cooking the pig the day before the fireworks. They stay up all night, until about lunch the next day, keeping the fire hot and the pig turning so it cooks just right. All of the firefighters and their families prepare most of the side dishes and deserts. For the past couple of years, and especially this year, friends and neighbors have brought over food also. We would like to thank them for their support and their friendship everyday!
This year was, without a doubt, our biggest year ever. We fed over 400 people and ran out of some of the food. We normally have 250 - 300 and were just overwhelmed by the huge crowd. So if you didn't get everything you wanted to eat this year, we will have extra next year and you can have seconds... and thirds if you wish. We don't keep count.
The crowd in the neighborhood has grown by leaps and bounds. Our GREAT Neighbors have started having their own family get-togethers during our fireworks. It's wonderful to see the participation and enjoyment that our neighbors get from our evening of festivities.
Now here's the amazing part...
We started our 4th of July event as a small get-together for the firefighters and their families. Usually having about 75 - 100 people there. We would bring food and cook hotdogs and enjoy bonding with our firefighters and their families. Then a couple firefighters decided, 7 years ago, they would go buy a couple hundred dollars worth of fireworks to shoot. We have never advertised our fireworks. It has just grown a little every year by word of mouth. Well last night it was apparent that the "word of mouth" method has blown up! After driving around and counting, the best we could. We estimate over 3000 people came to enjoy our "little" show. There were so many people laughing, smiling, relaxing and enjoying their night that it just felt good to be part of the reason it was happening. We never heard the first complaint. We never had a fight. Outside of the occasional out of control firework, there were no problems. Just imagine if that could happen every night!
These Pictures Taken By One of Our Firefighters Mom - Sheila Onkst Awesome Huh !!!!
So to the community that supports us. To the people that join us when we have our special events. To those who we are given the gift of being able to help. To those who may need us in the future. We can only say we are proud to be Your Fire Department and overjoyed that we can be part of making you smile. Who knows... Maybe we can start a 4th of August tradition too... 4th of September... etc...
God Bless You All & If You Need Us, Just Call !!!
|Political Dinner A Huge Success|
| Each year we hold a "Meet the Politicians" political dinner. This gives us a chance to meet everyone running for office and to show them the strength of the west end of Knox County. 25 candidates and their supporters came to support our fire department and have a good meal. We had over 280 people attend our dinner. We collected items from local business' in our district to auction and raise a little money. We were able to raise $4,789.00 to benefit our department.|
Thanks to all the individuals and business' that donated items for our auction. And thanks to all who were able to attend, have a great meal and spend a little money for a great cause.
|Another Grant Awarded - Kentucky Forestry VFA Grant|
| For a second year we were awarded a Kentucky Forestry Volunteer Firefighters Assistance Grant. Last year we received $5,000 toward communications equipment. That helped pay for the $40,000 upgrades we were force by the FCC to make. Just ask any emergency service in the area, the changes force by the FCC cost us all a lot.|
This year we applied for a grant to help buy five new coats and five new pairs of pants. The cost for a pair of pants and a coat is $1,950. We were awarded $4,875 to help purchase these five sets. That cut our cost in half. We purchased our gear locally at Wynn Fire Equipment. So it not only benefited our department, but it benefits the local community too.
We continue to support our community by saving lives, property and money.
Have you ever wondered what it cost to equip each firefighter. Just look at the chart to the right to see.
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