MILTON FIRE & RESCUE
1. Is MFRD an all Volunteer Department? Yes, we are an all Volunteer department. Members do receive department shirts, uniforms and a gift at the awards dinner.
2. What kind of area does MFRD cover? We cover a mostly rural area with a population of around 3500. We have a 65 square mile district with 25 miles of the Ohio River and with our automatic aid district we cover over 150 square miles.
3. How is MFRD funded? We receive $25,000.00 a year from the County and $15,000.00 a year from the City as a donation to provide coverage. We also send out subscriptions to the 3500 residents at $40.00 per deeded property. The rest of our budget comes from the fish fries that we do during the year. We do around 20 fish fries each year.
4. How do I Volunteer with MFRD? You can come by the first Thursday of every month at Station 1 at 7:00 p.m. to pick up an application or you can apply on our website.
5. Why should I join MFRD? MFRD is a family oriented department. It is great to be able to serve the community by helping others. You will be able to make an impact on the safety of the people in the area as well as provide valuable training for yourself.
6. What do I need to join? You can join at the age of 14 as an Explorer and you must keep your grades up to be an Explorer. At 18 you can join as a Volunteer Firefighter. You must pass a background check and have a valid drivers license. If you start out as an Explorer (under 18), stay in the program, have good grades in school and receive a Fire Department scholarship on graduation day.
7. How much training is required? Within 1 year of joining you are required to take the Firefighter safety & survival 16 hours course at any Fire School. After that you need 150 hours to become Firefighter I and then 400 hours for Firefighter II.
8. Why does MFRD have Ford Explorers to drive around? These are called Command Cars and most departments have them. They are take home cars for the Chief and Asst. Chief to respond to calls in. These are able to respond to a scene to establish command and cancel units that are not needed or ask for more people to assist. These eliminate sending all the big trucks to the calls when they are not needed. At our department, the Chief and Asst. Chief pay for their own fuel in these vehicles.
9. How are you alerted to calls? We are dispatched by the Kentucky State Police in Campbellsburg Kentucky. We are alerted over two way radio, pagers, and text messaging so that we never miss the call. We also have apps that alert us to calls. These are Who's Responding and Fire Text Response.
10. How many Stations do you have? We have 2 stations, one in Milton and one just before our district line in Bedford. Both of these sit on Highway 421 N.
11. Do you bill for services? Yes, we use Fire Recovery USA to bill for runs we make. We do not bill those who pay a subscription for our service. We bill those who do not pay for our service so that way the people that do pay their subscriptions are not paying for those that don't pay.
12. Are there always Firefighters at the Fire Stations? No. Generally there is somebody there on Thursday evenings for training's and meetings. Members are Volunteers and are not always at the Station.
13. Who is in charge of the Fire Department? The department Chief runs the Fire Department and is in charge. The Fire Department Board assists the Chief and is made up of the Command staff of the Department including the President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer.
14. Who do Firefighters break windows and chop holes in the roof at a fire? Firefighters ventilate to remove heat, smoke, and toxic gases from the structure.
15. Why do Firefighters chop holes in walls? The process of chopping holes in walls is necessary to expose hidden fires inside the walls.
16. What do I do when I see an Emergency Vehicle approaching? Motorists should pull their vehicles safely to the right when an emergency vehicle is approaching. It is not recommended to stop in the middle of the road or proceed through an intersection against the signals. Remember to safely pull to the right.
17. Why does the Fire Engine respond to auto accidents? In many instances auto accidents require Firefighters to remove injured persons who are trapped. Firefighters also assess the scene for hazards, such as fuel leaks, disabled airbags, and auto batteries that may need disconnecting for safety.
18. What does it mean when my smoke alarm chirps? The smoke alarm will chirp when its time to replace the battery. We encourage residents to change their smoke alarm battery when they change their clocks for Daylight Savings time in the Spring and the Fall each year.
19. Is it possible to tour the Fire Stations? Yes, call 502-268-3016 to set up a time to tour the Fire Stations.
20. When should I call 911? We recommend dialing 911 for injury or life-threatening emergencies.
21. To report a Medical emergency, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following.
22. When reporting a VEHICLE accident, what do I tell the Dispatcher?
To report a vehicle accident, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following:
The location of the accident scene
The number of injuries at the accident scene
How many vehicles are involved in the accident
Report a brief description of the vehicles
Report harmful hazards (gasoline leaks, chemical spills, and wires down)
Who witnessed the accident
Witnesses should remain on the scene until the EMS unit and Police arrives.
23. When reporting a FIRE, what do I tell the Dispatcher?
To report a fire, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following:
1. Where the fire is located.
2. What is on fire.
3. Who is in danger or trapped.
4. How the fire began.
5. Give brief details about the fire. (Example: odor, smoke, or flames)
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