Fire department responded to 77 incidents through August

Published 12:07 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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STANFORD – The Stanford Fire Department responded to 77 incidents during the month of August, according to the monthly report given to Stanford City Council members last week.

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The City Council met Sept. 8.

From Aug. 1 to Aug. 31, SFD reported the following incidents:

• brush or brush-and-grass mixture fire – 1

• medical assist, assist EMS crew – 19

• EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury – 26

• motor vehicle accident with injury – 1

• search for person on land – 1

• gas leak (natural gas or LPG) – 1

• oil or other combustible liquid spill – 2

• arcing, shorted electrical equipment – 1

• vehicle accident, general clean up – 1

• service call, other – 1

• public service – 1

• assist invalid – 2

• unauthorized burning – 1

• good intent call, other – 1

• dispatched & canceled en route – 9

• no incident found on arrival at dispatch address – 2

• authorized controlled burning – 2

• smoke scare, odor of smoke – 1

• alarm system sounded due to malfunction – 1

• alarm system activation, no fire – unintentional – 1

• special type of incident, other – 1

• citizen complaint – 1

According to an incident report, there were a total of 30 fire-related incidents and 47 EMS-related incidents in August.

The average response time for SFD’s fire service in Aug., from dispatch to arrival, was 5 minutes and 6 seconds. The average response time for SFD’s EMS service from dispatch to arrival was 6 minutes and 2 seconds.

SFD spent an average of 24 minutes and 56 seconds on scene per incident, according to the report.

The Stanford Police Department (SPD) also provided a monthly activity report.

SPD reported a total of 697 contacts through 911, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31.

Officers wrote a total of 182 citations and gave 58 warnings, according to the report.

There were 43 arrests made and police responded to 17 accidents. There were a total of 41 “incidents/cases.”

SPD officers completed 122 hours of training in August; Eldridge completed 40 hours of DOCJT Collision scene training; G. Hill completed 40 hours of DOCJT Human Trafficking training; R. Sayre completed 40 hours of DOCJT SRO III training; and the department completed two hours of role call training.

SPD Police Chief Zach Middleton provided some additional updates this month.

Captain Barry Allen has retired after serving the city for over 18 years.

“His service and contributions to the city serving as detective, captain and most recently his service as ABC administrator are greatly appreciated and will be impactful to the city for years to come,” Middleton said.

Sgt. Jeremy Garrison and Detective Ryan Kirkpatrick have both applied, tested and been promoted to captain.

The department is currently in the promotional process to promote the next Sergeant.

Middleton said the school board has chosen to keep School Resource Officers at three officers total, for now.

“They have sought and obtained approval from the state for this year’s plan to keep an officer on each high school and middle school campus and one officer to patrol all county elementary schools,” Middleton said. “They will revisit the idea of hiring additional personnel as the year continues and we are working with them on a plan to implement an officer for each and every school in the district within the next couple of years to bring them in compliance with the revised KRS.”

The second Citizen’s Police Academy is scheduled to begin Sept. 19 and will run every Monday at 6 p.m. through Nov. 1. Applications are available on the Stanford Police Department Facebook page. Applications may be mailed to 305 East Main Street, Stanford, KY 40484 or dropped off at the Police Department or City Hall.

Stanford WaterWorks reported that the relocation project on U.S. 27 is about 99 percent complete.

Water Commission members and General Manager Ryan Owens attended the Kentucky Rural Water Conference at the end of August to stay updated on new technology and new regulations.

Owens said Stanford Waterworks was recognized as one of 10 finalists for the Wooden Bucket Award presented by KRWA and USDA Rural Development.

“The Wooden Bucket award is presented to a water and/or wastewater utility that has made substantial and lasting improvements in providing high levels of customer service and high-quality drinking water and wastewater services in its community,” Owens said. “Utilities chosen as finalists are recognized for having shown exceptional efforts in meeting the needs of their communities, enhancing their operations and complying with regulatory requirements.”