…Heavy Wet Snow Wednesday Morning… .Snow totals are expected to total more than 4 inches across southern Indiana and north central Kentucky, 2 to 3 inches across central Kentucky, and 1-2 inches across west central and south central Kentucky. In addition to hazardous and difficult travel at times, the snow will be heavy, and downed trees and power lines
Although every member of any fire department will risk all to save another fellow human being, and hone their skills regularly to accomplish that, they must also train to take care of themselves! Lyndon firefighters, like all other firefighters across the country, use skill development drills to improve their chances of survival in adverse situations.
Recently members of Lyndon participated in a quarterly mutual-aid box alarm system (MABAS) training with others from Anchorage Middletown, Worthington and Eastwood Fire Departments. This recent quarterly MABAS training focused on Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) skill development. Working as teams participants from the various fire departments practiced rescuing their fellow firefighters from various confined spaces.
These agencies working together in these MABAS RIT trainings are what they do to help develop their skills to help each other, so they can continue to help you!
A short video clip of one of the skill development scenarios can be viewd on the Lyndon Fire Department YouTube Channel by Clicking Here.
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.
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. Louisville’s Department of Health and Wellness confirms the hepatitis outbreak in Jefferson County has reached 115 cases 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.
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 email@example.com. This service is for flood-damaged items only.
On average, floods kill more people in the United States each year than any other type of hazardous weather.
Flash floods normally occur within 6 hours of a rain event, after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam. Flash floods can catch people unprepared. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. If you live in a flash flood prone area, plan now to protect your family and property.
Many flood-related deaths are due to careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to cross flooded roadways. The National Weather Service now warns anyone who comes to a flooded roadway to…Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Less than two feet of water on a bridge or highway can float most vehicles when the buoyancy force of the water becomes greater than the vehicle weight, eliminating any frictional force between the wheels and the road. A car, truck, or sport utility vehicle can be swept off a road into a stream if the water is moving rapidly.
If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area:
1.) Drive only if absolutely necessary. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of the water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
2.) Never drive around a barricade, which is there for your protection. Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
3.) If you come upon a flowing stream where fast moving water is above your ankles, turn around, don’t drown. Six inches of swift-moving water can knock you off your feet. Many people are swept away wading through flood waters, resulting in injury or death.
4.) Children should never play around high water, storm drains, or viaducts. It is very easy to be swept away by fast-moving water.
Remember, on average, floods kill more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather.
Although every member of any fire department will risk all to save another fellow human being, and hone their skills regularly to accomplish that, they must also train to take care of themselves too! Lyndon firefighters, like many others across the country, use drills like ones seen here to improve their chances of survival in adverse situations.
The Pittsburgh Drill was developed to “force train” firefighter rapid intervention teams (RIT) to work as a team. If any one of the team members that have entered the obstacle course fail to give anything but 100% the entire team will fail the drill. The obstacle course is 50 ft in length with 3 obstacles to encounter. Under, Over and Through obstacles make up the course.
The Denver Drill is a confined space rescue based on lessons learned from the Line of Duty Death of Mark Langvardt of the Denver Fire Department. The lessons learned apply to more than just the specific rescue Denver Fire was faced with.
The Pittsburgh and Denver drills are examples of what we do to help improve our skills to help ourselves so we can continue to help you!
Pictures of these recent drills at Lyndon can been see in the department’s website gallery by clicking here.
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.
Congratulations to the Lyndon Fire “Fight For Air Climb” team on their 2nd place finish in the American Lung Association’s “Fight For Air Climb” fundraising event. The Lyndon team consisted of CAPT Moe Tischendorf, SGT David Cole, SGT Charlie Strobel, FF Brandon Clark and FF Steven Hagen. All team members successfully completed the 38 floor climb wearing all their firefighting gear. The team finished second among fire department’s in amount of money raised. Congratulations team Lyndon Fire!
Dr. Louis (Al) Scarpellini passed away Wed. Jan 31 2018.
Visitation for Al will be Tuesday Feb 6 from 2pm-8pm EST at the Ratterman Funeral Home located at 12900 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville KY 40223. Funeral Services will take place the following morning at the same location at 10:00 am with burial at the Middletown Historic Cemetery.
Al was a beloved Professor, Father, Grandfather, Husband, Firefighter, and Friend to all he met. His presence will be sorely missed. If you ever met him, you immediately liked him. He was one of the most generous and giving individuals I have ever met. He guided and instructed countless young firefighters and EMT’s to follow their dreams. Many have gone on to do great things for their communities. It is our job as his students and heirs to his knowledge to continue to teach and pass on to others what he passed to us.
Rest easy my Brother, we will take it from here. Your legacy will not be forgotten.
The picture below is of Al and his wife Denise at the Lyndon FD Awards Dinner this past Saturday, January 27, 2018.