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NFD dedicates new truck, graduates eight new recruits

The Nicholasville Fire Department recently added to its ranks and its fleet, after eight graduated from its latest recruit class.

Fire Chief Mark Case said the additions, including a new ladder truck, were partially to help staff the new Station 4 near Brannon Crossing. Case said he hopes to be able to occupy the new station later this month, but a date has not been set yet and workers are still finishing a few small items.

Last week, the department had a joint ceremony to recognize the new firefighter recruits as well as dedicating the new ladder truck, called Quint 4. The ladder truck will be assigned to Station 4, along with the department’s hazardous materials response vehicle and the department’s old Engine 2, which is used for parades.

“We’ve had (Quint 4) for several months, but we were waiting for a good time to dedicate it,” he said.

Quint 4 cost about $976,000 to purchase, he said, and Station 4 is in the neighborhood of $3 million.

Case said the department holds a recruit class as needed, and the expansion of the department warranted additional staff and equipment. Case said the department currently employs 55 people among its stations.

The eight recruits are: Trey Compton, Jonathan Elleman, Chris Money, Austin Roberts, Jordan Phillips, Ethan Stewart, Jordan Taylor and Joseph Womack.

The department’s Station 1 and Station 2 are on opposite ends of Main Street, and Station 3 is on Elizabeth Street.

Station 4, the city’s first new fire station in about 20 years, is located at the far end of Jessamine County in an area that has growth significantly in recent years. At the groundbreaking in 2019, Case said the new station would cut response time to that part of the city in half.

Station 4 will be 7,209 square feet with 4,100 designed for office and living space. There will be two drive-through bays and enough space for four vehicles.

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