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From the Laurel County Health Department:

Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or been a close contact of someone who has tested positive?

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please isolate yourself immediately. Do not wait on a call from the health department to isolate. It may be 24-48 hours after you receive your positive test result before you are contacted by our office. It is also important to make sure the testing location you had your test performed at has your correct phone number. Isolation Information for COVID-19 Positive Cases: https://laurelcohealthdept.org/…/Case-One-Pager-11-16…

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19:

Due to the increase in cases in our county, you may not be contacted by our office if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We are asking the positive case to contact anyone they have had close contact with during their incubation period to let them know they need to quarantine. *There are certain instances in which we are still calling close contacts, but in many instances, we will not be calling them.

*If you are FULLY VACCINATED and have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case: https://chfs.ky.gov/…/QuarantineofVaccinatedPersonsGuid…

If you are NOT FULLY VACCINATED and have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case: https://laurelcohealthdept.org/…/New-CDC-Quarantine…

Yandell Recognized for Service to the City

The late Bruce Yandell served London with distinction and dedication in several capacities beginning in 1991 when he was elected to the London City Council. In 1994, Yandell was appointed to the London-Laurel Joint Planning Commission and the London Board of Zoning Adjustment in 2001. He served as chairman of the planning and zoning adjustment for many years. These appointments involved technical, thankless tasks that Yandell undertook with enthusiasm and professionalism.

According to his wife, Judy, they sometimes had to postpone or cancel vacations because Yandell had a planning or zoning meeting “that may wind up lasting only 10 minutes. He loved the city and its residents.”

On Monday night, the London City Council, as well as representatives from the planning and zoning commission and the board of adjustment, approved a declaration honoring Yandell for his years of service to the city.

“Bruce Yandell was an example of London’s exemplary, dedicated and honorable elected and appointed public officials serving the residents of London,” the declaration says.

In the photo, Mayor Troy Rudder presents a framed copy of the declaration to Judy Yandell. At left is Shirell Hall with the board of adjustments, and at right is Berry Cupp with the planning and zoning commission.

London Fire Department Announces Critical Incident Stress Management Team

Emergency preparedness goes beyond an incident for the London Fire Department. The Department has formed a new Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) to address and decrease the possibility of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with first responders and their families that may develop after an incident.

“We are here to help the helpers, recognizing signs of stress, PTSD, or depression early could save a life,” said Firefighter David King, who is spearheading the Department’s group.

The team is made up of eight peers within the London Fire Department with backgrounds ranging in case management, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and those with decades of experience in serving the community through emergency services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) first responders are at a high risk for suicide and PTSD due to the environments they work in, their culture, and stress, both occupational and personal. Law enforcement officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide that in the line of duty. Studies have found that between 17-24 percent of public safety telecommunicators have symptoms of PTSD and 24 percent have symptoms of depression.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that Depression and PTSD affect an estimated 30 percent of America’s first responders – compared to 20 percent of the general population.

Firefighter King said that peers and co-workers often notice a change in behavior or attitude before a supervisor does. The London Fire Department’s CISM is versed in recognizing the warning signs of stress and can offer help more quickly to address how to help a fellow first responder or family member before their stress becomes more impactful to their physical or mental health.

“First responders and their families are faced with higher stress levels than citizens who don’t deal with dangerous or life-threatening daily uncertainties,” King said, adding, “The job is unpredictable and often you find yourself facing back-to-back emergencies that can trigger intense stress that lasts for hours.”

Warning signs of stress may include but are not limited to:

  • Irritability towards coworkers, family, and friends
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty sleeping, increased sleeping, or nightmares
  • Feelings of sadness, anxiety, or guilt
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of interest in work
  • Isolation
  • Increased use of substances
  • Chronic pain such as headache or backache
  • Feelings of hopelessness

For first responders or families of first responders wishing to utilize the CISM team, please contact Firefighter King at (606) 864-2922 or email him at david.king@londonky.gov. For more information about the team, visit www.londonkyfire.com/cism.

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.

London Fire Dept. Knocks Down Fire on North Mill Street

At 10:41am London Fire units were Dispatched to Larkey HVAC on North Mill Street due to a structure fire. Upon arrival, smoke was coming from the attic area and London Fire had the Laurel County Fire Department and East Bernstadt Fire & Rescue paged out for mutual aid. Bush Fire Department responded on stand-by at the station to assist with further incoming calls. London Police shut down access to a portion of the roadway.

Fire units cleared all personnel from within the building, then began knocking down the fire without incident. Assisting on-scene also included Laurel Co. Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management, London-Laurel Rescue Squad, and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel Co. Units cleared the scene at approximately 3:23pm and the roadway has reopened. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation.

The London Fire Department would like to express our gratitude for the quick response in mutual aid and assistance. We are thankful to work in a community where we all work together as a team to accomplish the goal of saving lives and preserving property.

London Fire Department Hires Full-Time Firefighters with a Focus of Better Service and Looking Towards the Future

LONDON KY—The London Fire Department (LFD) has hired full-time Firefighters, equipping each 24-hour shift with four on-duty at any given time. The new full-time hires include David King, Jacob Floyd, Jason Robinson, Kyle Fowler, and Makenzie Jackson.

“Having four on-shift means better fire protection for the City of London, allowing the first truck to have two in and two out within a matter of seconds. There always is safety in numbers,” London Fire Chief Carl Hacker said.

The LFD is a combination department made up of 17 volunteers, 9 support members, and paid staff. Currently, the department has 15 full-time firefighters, one administrative staff member, and five part-time firefighters.

David King began his career at the London Fire Department in 1994 as a volunteer and 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 Certification and Firefighter 1 and 2 (150 hours and 400 hours).

“I started my career here and it’s where I want to end my career. I’m excited to use all the knowledge and experience I’ve obtained in all my years and apply it for the betterment and growth of the LFD,” King said, adding, “I want the London community to know that I will give 100 percent effort to protect lives and their property.”

Jacob Floyd served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009 as an Infantryman and completed two tours in Iraq. He’s a certified L-2 CrossFit Instructor and has owned the local gym, CrossFit HardCharger, for five-and-a-half years. In 2020, he began serving as a London Fire Department Volunteer, has a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), and is currently on his pathway towards receiving his Firefighter 1 Certification. He has his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Agriculture.

“This is the best Fire Department around and I’m looking forward to serving our community. It’s a dream come true,” Floyd said.

Kyle Fowler began serving as a firefighter for four years in Cashiers, North Carolina at Glenville Volunteer Fire Department and served 12 years at East Bernstadt Fire and Rescue. Fowler’s certifications include Firefighter 1, CPAT, Hazmat Operations, Arson 1, and AED.

“To me, this is the best job in the world and being able to be blessed with this job and also in the town I call home is just a feeling I cannot describe,” Fowler said.

Makenzie Jackson began serving as a London Fire Department Volunteer in April of 2018 and was hired part-time in 2019. Jackson’s certifications include Firefighter 1 and 2, CPAT, Level 1 Fire Prevention Inspector, Rope Technician, Swift Water Awareness, and National Incident Management System 100, 200, 700, and 800.

“I’m making history as the first female firefighter for the City of London, and I’d like to show younger generations that if they work hard and have determination, they can truly accomplish anything,” Jackson said, adding, “I never gave up on my dream and continue to put in the work to achieve my career goals.”

Now through 2022 London Firefighters will all be working towards the goal of receiving their International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) 1 and 2 Certification as well as their EMT License.

“I have been with the department for 35 years and the department has changed a lot from what it was when I started. Since I became Chief, I’ve tried to make sure that we are moving forward every day within our training, our equipment, and utilizing technology to improve our effectiveness and productivity,” Hacker said.

Improvements have included thermal imaging cameras for all firefighters on-duty to allow them to navigate through smoke quicker and be able to locate those in danger. The Department is now providing a junior firefighter program in two Laurel County Schools, free smoke detectors to London residents, pre-planning all London businesses, spearheading the London Fire Honor Guard, and has moved towards going 95 percent paperless Department-wide by utilizing cloud-based efficient technology.

“We have only just begun with changes that will make us a better department for the future,” Hacker added.

The LFD is continuing to take applications to fill future positions as the City of London looks towards the future for potential expansion. Applications are available online at https://londonkyfire.com/join as well as requirement details for employment.

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