Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year. There are an abundance of places in the community where someone can obtain a flu vaccine. It is especially encouraged that people get them through their primary care providers but other places such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Meijer, Walmart and Kroger Pharmacies offer them. Many employers offer them free of charge to employees. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, immunizations are considered preventive services and covered by most health insurances with no out of pocket expenses to pay. Flu shots are encouraged for anyone 6 months or older. You can see who is most at risk for the flu and learn more about this year’s vaccine by going to www.flu.gov.

 

Fire Chief James S. Baker, Sr. joined the Lyndon Volunteer Fire Department as a young volunteer in 1963 while still attending Westport High School. In his role as a volunteer firefighter he rose all the way up thru to the rank of Fire Chief. He was appointed by Chief Don White as the acting “Day Chief” as part of an Insurance Services Office (ISO) fire department rating improvement plan. In 1980 following the retirement of Chief White, he was first appointed Fire Chief of the Lyndon Fire Protection District by the board of trustees, serving one year in the position. In 1982 he was again appointed as Fire Chief after the resignation of Chief Courtney Deuser. He served continually as Fire Chief from 1982 until his retirement in 2008. During this time he transitioned the fire department from an all-volunteer force to a combination career and volunteer fire department.

Chief Baker was the first full time employee of the Fire District beginning on September 17, 1984. In 1990 he received state and local recognition and awarded the department’s “Medal of Honor” for his actions including multiple rescues at an apartment building fire in an elderly resident complex. He was also a driving force behind the founding of the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs and served in a leadership capacity for the state association. He was awarded the department’s “Expeditionary Service Medal” for this service. Chief Baker was a leader in the Jefferson County Fire Chiefs Association for many years and was instrumental establishing the Louisville & Jefferson County Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in downtown Louisville. He helped guide the county departments into their own radio dispatch system and establish one of the first medical response programs for county fire services. Chief Baker lead efforts to break down “boundaries”, for the betterment of our communities, by pushing for closest station response and automatic aid. Service to Lyndon and all communities was important to Chief Baker who was one that saw no “boundaries”! During the later years of his fire service career, and following his retirement, Jim Baker, Sr. served 10 years as an elected Councilman on the Lyndon City Council.

Outside of the fire service Chief Baker was an active member of Southeast Christian Church, Lyndon Masonic Lodge #960, Kosair Shrine Temple, and Lyndon Elks Lodge #2052.

Chief Baker is survived by his wife, Betty Baker, his children, Jim Baker, Jr. (Hollie), Kevin Baker (Pamela) and Laura Montgomery (Kevin), 9 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

 

With the merging of the Lyndon Fire Protection District into the St. Matthews Fire Protection District comes the need to hire Paramedics and EMT s to staff the expansion of the ambulance fleet to service the Lyndon Area of the new expanded district.  If interested, you may click on the link below to download an application. These completed applications can be returned by either email (with all requested documents scanned and attached) to EMS@stmatthewsfd.com or hand delivered during normal business hours to Terri Livers.  All requested information and documentation must be complete.

The Fire District is expanding its 24/7 ALS ground ambulance service into the Lyndon service area.  Current shift tours are:  Day Tour 0800-2000 hrs and Night Tour 2000-o800 hrs.  EMS crews will work under the direction of the EMS Chief and supervision by the house Captain.  Fire Department certifications are not required for these positions.  EMS continuing education will be offered however, each employee will be responsible for maintaining their own hours and certifications.  Paramedic applicants must have ACLS and PLS certification from the AHA.  Other questions about these positions may be emailed to: EMS@stmatthewsfd.com.

DOWNLOAD EMS APPLICATION

 

 

With the signing of an executive order by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Lyndon Fire Protection District and the St. Matthews Fire Protection District will officially be merged effective July 1, 2018.  Following months of discussion and evaluation of various options, the Lyndon Fire Protection District board of trustees formally approved a merger at their meeting on May 29, 2018.  The St. Matthews Fire Protection District then approved the merger at their meeting on June 6, 2018.  A “Joint Merger Petition…” of the two fire districts was signed by the Fire Chiefs and Board Chairmen on June 18, 2018 and filed with Mayor Fischer on June 20, 2018.

This merger will enhance fire and rescue services to the merged district by reducing response times, increasing staffing levels thus providing a higher level of service for the merged district.  The merger will provide the needed level and accessibility of emergency medical response resources to the benefit of the merged district through the expansion of St. Matthews Fire & EMS’s ambulance fleet stationed throughout the merged district.  These two entities now come back to where they both started.  In 1950 the Lyndon Volunteer Fire Department was organized.  It’s area of service at the time was carved out of an area of rural Jefferson County previously serviced by the St. Matthews Volunteer Fire Department.  Today’s service is much different from those early days.  At the time both fire departments were made up of all volunteers firefighters.  Today the new entity will now be one of the larger fire and EMS services in suburban Louisville operating out of four fire stations with around 90 full time career fire and EMS personnel.

The quality service that has been provided to the citizens of both entities in the past will not be lost, but will only be enhanced, as we all continue to proudly serve the citizens we are here to protect!

There is a hepatitis A  outbreak in Louisville.  On November 28 the Kentucky Department for Public Health declared an outbreak of acute Hepatitis A (HAV) with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky. The overwhelming majority of the cases have been in Louisville, primarily among the homeless, and people who use drugs. As of May 4, 2018 Louisville’s Department of Health and Wellness confirms the hepatitis outbreak in Jefferson County has reached 314 cases including 1 death since November.

The following Information is from Louisville’s Department of Health and Wellness:

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause Hepatitis but a virus often causes Hepatitis. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses are Hepatitis A virus, Hepatitis B virus, and Hepatitis C virus.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, Hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.

How is Hepatitis A spread?

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill.

Who is most at risk for Hepatitis A?

Although anyone can get Hepatitis A, in the United States, certain groups of people have a higher risk:

People who are homeless
People who use drugs (injection or non-injection)
Men who have sexual contact with men
People with direct contact with someone who has Hepatitis A
Travelers to countries where Hepatitis A is common
Household members or caregivers of a recent adoptee from countries where Hepatitis A is common
People with clotting factor disorders, such as hemophilia
People working with nonhuman primates
If you are in one of these high risk groups, please call us at 502-574-6675 to ask about being vaccinated against Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a vaccine preventable disease.

 

Recommendations for Providers during the Current Hepatitis A Outbreak
General information on Hepatitis A for providers can be found here.

1. Consider HAV infection in individuals, especially the homeless, people who use drugs and MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men) with discrete onset of symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, fever, malaise, dark urine, light-colored stool, or abdominal pain), and jaundice or elevated liver function tests.

2. Complete the HAV Risk Questionnaire on all suspect cases and report all confirmed cases with 24 hours. Please complete the HAV Risk Questionnaire found here on all suspected cases and fax it to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 502-574-5865.

Providers should also report all lab confirmed HAV cases within 24 hours to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness by fax at 502-574-5865 or by phone at 502-574-6675. Please use the EPID200 form found here. This is required reporting and is not a violation of HIPAA.

3. Provide post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for close contacts of confirmed HAV cases. Susceptible people exposed to hepatitis A virus (HAV) should receive a dose of single-antigen HAV vaccine or intramuscular (IM) immune globulin (IG) (0.1 mL/kg), or both, as soon as possible within 2 weeks of last exposure. The efficacy of combined HAV/Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine for PEP has not been evaluated, so it is not recommended for PEP. Providers who do not have available vaccine may direct patients to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St.

4. Provide HAV vaccine to the homeless, people who use drugs and MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men) who are not already immunized. The combined HAV/HBV vaccine may be used in this group if the individual is not already immune to HBV.

5. Provide HAV vaccine to unimmunized school age children. Effective July 1, 2018 all Kentucky students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. Providers should begin providing these immunizations to their patients.

As you change your clocks and move them forward, please take a moment and check your smoke detector and change the battery!  This simple task can be life saving!

Lyndon Fire personnel will come to your house to check, replace or install a smoke detector at no charge. To request this service simply click on “Forms” at www.lyndonfire.com and fill out the Smoke Detector request form. You can also give us a call at (502) 425-7474.

Jefferson County residents affected by the recent flood may drop off debris at any of seven sites beginning today through March 24. Six of the sites will be open Thursday-Saturday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue, will be open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. No yard waste or construction debris other than flood-damaged drywall and insulation will be accepted. Electronics must be separated from other items. To qualify for free drop-off, residents must present two forms of identification verifying Louisville residency.

The Thursday-Saturday sites are as follows:

· Bethany Lane, 10500 Lower River Road
· Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue
· Outer Loop Recycling Center, 7201 Outer Loop
· Dixie Recycling Center, 7219 Dixie Highway
· Charlie Vettiner Park, 5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Road
· Hubbards Lane Recycling Center, 595 Hubbards Lane

Those who cannot drop off debris at the sites listed above may request pickup service. These requests must be made by telephone or email no later than 5 p.m. on March 9 to 574-3571 (ext. 0) or swmd@louisvilleky.gov. This service is for flood-damaged items only.

Many Kentuckians have rightly been confused about whether or not their KY drivers license are valid for domestic air travel.  With multiple deadline extensions being given to the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the federal  Department of Homeland Security, no wonder we are all confused.  The information below is from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website.

REAL ID Act​

Kentucky driver license and ID card holders will not see any changes in the state’s driver license and identification card issuance system until January 1, 2019.

New Voluntary Travel ID’s will not be available until 2019.

Kentucky driver licenses will be approved for use for domestic air travel and all other federal purposes until new licenses become available.
KYTC will be partnering with numerous other organizations (private and public) on a comprehensive public education campaign to fully explain the new driver license system in 2018.

​Kentuckians can continue to use their current driver license or ID card to visit federal offices such as Social Security, VA facilities, and federal court houses. Current driver license or ID cards are still valid for entering Federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification, voting or registering to vote, applying for or receiving Federal benefits, being licensed by a state and being able to drive in all 50 states and accessing health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings)​.

Since an additional extension has been granted:
The federal Department of Homeland Security has determined that Kentucky driver licenses are acceptable forms of identification for all federal facilities, including military installations and other restricted access facilities. Kentuckians can freely access Social Security offices, VA facilities, federal courthouses and to apply for federal benefits. Kentuckians may also continue to use their Kentucky Driver License to board commercial domestic flights.

Members of the Lyndon Fire Department have committed to climb with the American Lung Association to raise funds for healthy lungs and healthy air. When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.  The funds they raise will help provide patient education and support important research and advocacy efforts for everyone living with lung disease including COPD, lung cancer and asthma.  As they Step Up to the Challenge, we hope you will too!

Please consider donating in the name of our team (Lyndon Fire) on our team page.  Donate by clicking HERE

The Fight For Air Climb is an American Lung Association signature fundraising event. Climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers as they climb the stairs of the building to the top!  This years Louisville Climb will take place in the 38 floor tall PNC Tower and require participants to ascend 768 steps. Over the last several years, our Fight For Air Climbs have raised more than $45 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

More than 30,000 participants from 52 Climb events across the country came together last year to raise more than $8.3 million. This year, you can raise money to support research, patient education and advocacy efforts.

The Fight For Air Climbs vary in the number of flights and stairs to climb, but each event offers an opportunity for teams and individuals to challenge themselves. Whether you are climbing as a part of a healthy lifestyle, to beat your previous time or in honor of all those who are affected by lung disease, you will achieve a sense of personal accomplishment as you reach the top of the building and the height of your fundraising potential. Every step you take moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air.

Please Donate Today, Together We Can Make A Difference!

FEBRUARY 3, 2018 8 AM (ET)
PNC Tower | Louisville, Kentucky
38 Floors, 768 Steps