Public Works Hiring CDL Drivers

Garbage Truck Drivers Want

The City of London Public Works Department is accepting applications for Garbage Truck Drivers, CDL required. Pay based on experience!

Applications accepted at City Hall 501 S. Main Street London KY, 40741. Local route 40 hours per week, no weekends or over the road. Full time with benefits.

London Fire Department Hires Two Firefighters

LONDON KY—The London Fire Department (LFD) has hired two new Firefighters, Jordan Helton and Brandon Buckner. 

Since Helton was 15-years-old, he’s been focused on firefighting. He began as a junior firefighter at the Harlan City Fire Department, participated in London’s Junior Firefighter Camp as a teen, and has been a member of the Harlan City Fire Department ever since. Helton has his Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Firefighter 1 Certification. 

“I’ve always been passionate about the fire service, and I’m looking forward to serving this community to the best of my ability,” Helton said. 

Bucker began his firefighting career as a volunteer in Berea, Ky. from 2013 to 2015. He worked as an EMT at Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County for approximately six years and prior to being hired by the LFD he held the title of Field Training Officer. He has his Firefighter 1 and 2 Certifications, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) License and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certification.

“Coming to work at the London Fire Department full-time changed my life and I’m grateful to those that gave me the opportunity to do so,” Buckner said.

The LFD is a combination fire department made up of career staff and volunteers. There currently are 49 members, six trucks in the fleet, and an Honor Guard. There are 15 full-time firefighters who cycle through three shifts with four to a shift and work 24-hour shifts. The Department answers over 1,200 calls of service annually and is actively involved in fire prevention education.

“Our two newest hires have a love for the job and are dedicated to the call. Our community will without a doubt benefit from their devotion to serving others,” said London Fire Chief Carl Hacker.

JOIN US TO PACK A CRUISER!

Join the London Police Department on Saturday, February 26th, 2022 to pack a cruiser with non-perishable food items for God’s Pantry Food Bank in London, KY! Donations will be accepted from 11AM to 1PM at Speedway store #9337 located at 1920 W. Highway 192.

London Fire Department Promotes Firefighter David King as Lieutenant

LONDON KY—The London Fire Department (LFD) has announced the promotion of Firefighter David King to Lieutenant. King served the City as a Volunteer Firefighter since 1994, worked part-time for the department in 2020,  and was hired full-time in 2021. 

“As a fellow firefighter who worked with King since ‘94, I’ve always known him to go above and beyond to do what is best in the interest of the Department. His vision and leadership abilities will move our Department forward in the years to come,” London Fire Chief Carl Hacker said.

King began his firefighting career in London and stated that it’s where he wants to be when he retires. He previously worked at Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County from 1998 to 2020. King is a Kentucky Fire Instructor, EMS Instructor, American Heart Association CPR/BLS Instructor, and has an Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) License. His certifications include the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Firefighter 1 and 2 (150 hours and 400 hours).

Chief Hacker stated that King’s 22 years of leadership experience within his career is a benefit to the LFD. King is the Department’s Head Training Coordinator, CPR/First Aid Training Coordinator, spearheading the London Fire Honor Guard, and Lead Instructor for the London Fire Club within the local public schools. 

“It’s an honor to be able to move forward with the progression of the City and I appreciate the leadership opportunity Chief Hacker’s given me. I look forward to seeing the fire department grow as we look for innovative ways to better serve the citizens of London,” King said.

London Fire Department Accepting Volunteer Applications

LONDON KY—The London Fire Department is currently accepting applications from citizens who wish to become London Volunteer Firefighters. The Department is celebrating 100 years of serving the community and is looking for dedicated citizens who would like to become part of the life-saving legacy.

Interested individuals may apply online at www.londonkyfire.com/join. The Department is seeking dependable individuals who are 18-years-old or older, a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and possess a valid Kentucky Driver’s License. Once an applicant is accepted, all guidelines and training opportunities will be provided. 

“I joined LFD shortly after the East Bernstadt tornado of 2012. I volunteered to help people and serve my community,” said London Fire Captain Scottie Weaver.

Weaver began volunteering as a junior firefighter at sixteen-years-old. He said the fire service became his life and wouldn’t trade it for any other job. Weaver was hired in 2015 and became Captain in 2019.

London’s Deputy Fire Chief Wilson Rawlings is a great example of the ongoing legacy of the Department, he has been serving the City of London for 66 years. He says he chose to be a London Firefighter because he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father, A.W. “Gus” Rawlings served as London Fire Chief from 1945 to 1950. Today, Rawlings provides guidance and invaluable insight to the Department and firefighters.

Many who have joined as volunteers, found camaraderie, served an honorable purpose, and gained practical knowledge as well as skills they have applied outside of firefighting. Many employed firefighters at the Department initially began serving as volunteers. 

The London Fire Department is a “combination” department of career staff and volunteers. There are currently 49 members, six trucks in the fleet, and an Honor Guard. The Department answers approximately 1,246 calls of service annually and is actively involved in community engagement.

For more information about the London Fire Department, visit londonkyfire.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/londonfiredept. For further questions about services the Department offers, call (606) 864-2922.

NOW HIRING – PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR

The City of London is accepting applications for the position of Public Works Director.

Download Applications and the job description.

They are also available for pickup at London City Hall, 501 S. Main Street, London, Kentucky 40741. City Hall is open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on February 2, 2022.

The City of London is an equal opportunity employer.

Starting salary will be based on experience and qualifications.

Benefits include:

Health insurance, life insurance, Kentucky Retirement Systems, vacation\holiday\sick leave, career development, direct deposit. Additional voluntary benefits include Kentucky Deferred Compensation, additional life insurance, and supplemental insurance.

Requirements:

• Applicant must be 18 years of age (or older)

• Applicant must be a United States citizen

• Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent

• Applicant must possess a valid Kentucky Driver’s License

City of London to cut property taxes and one of the best places to retire in KY

It was a double dose of good news for London residents this week. First of all, property taxes will decrease again thanks to growth in the city. Secondly, London was chosen as one of the best places to retire in Kentucky in a national study.

At its regular monthly meeting on Monday night, London City Council voted unanimously to lower the tax rates on motor vehicle/motorcraft, real property and personal property from last year’s rate of .087 to .086.

It is the 15th consecutive year that city residents will see no increase in their taxes.

Don McFadden, with the Laurel County Property Valuation Administration (PVA) told council members that real property value had increased within the city, and that new construction was up considerably.

“Last year’s real estate was valued at $633 million. This year it is $659 million, with $13 million net in new construction,” he explained. “With that, you can lower the rates.”

Mayor Troy Rudder said the lowered tax rate would still keep the city’s revenues within the 4% range, with council members voting to accept the .086 rate. That means city residents will pay .086 cents for $100 value on real, personal and motor vehicles for the upcoming year.

“That’s not a lot, but it’s something. We’ve lowered or kept tax rates the same for the last 15 years,” the mayor said.

Council members then approved the first reading of the ordinance establishing those rates. The ordinance requires city residents to pay their taxes by Dec. 1, 2021. Those who pay before that time will receive a 2% discount. Those paying after Dec. 1 will add a 6% penalty to their totals.

According to an annual study by SmartAsset, London is the second-best place in Kentucky to retire, London ranked second on the list with a 16.5 percent tax burden, 7.7 doctor offices per 1,000 people, and 0.7 recreation centers per 1,000 people. About 17.6 percent of the population is made up of seniors, according to the seventh annual study of the best places to retire in the United States by SmartAsset.As part of the analysis, SmartAsset compared localities across four criteria, including tax burden, access to medical care, and opportunity for recreation and social activity.SmartAsset offers the web’s best personal finance advice, data visualizations and tools for free. It empowers people with the information needed to make life’s biggest financial decisions with confidence, the company says about itself on its website.

Pikeville was first on the list of the best places to retire in Kentucky, based on the analysis by SmartAsset.

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