Eastern Kentucky Fire Department Expanding Services

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

While some volunteer fire departments are having to cut back on services due to budget cuts and high gas prices, one department in Pike County is expanding its services.

At Millard Fire Department Station Number 4, officials say through a lease agreement with the Corp of Engineers they are able to expand their services to the community.

In the agreement, officials with the Millard Volunteer Fire Department say the Corp. of Engineers leased out this home located a little more then a mile from Fish Trap Lake.

In return, fire officials agreed to expand their fire and rescue services as well as keep the grounds clean. The department also receives a percent of the profits generated from camper fees. Millard’s Fire Chief Glen Adkins says the deal keeps the department above water despite budget cuts and high oil prices.

“Budget cuts have been a real problem throughout the last year as everyone knows. We have been lucky that we'd have saved CD's in the past,” says Adkins.

Because the station is just minutes from Fish Trap, Millard's Fire Chief says the station can get to those in danger faster.

“It helps out real good where we have an eight man dive team and being this close to the lake,” says Adkins.

People we talked to say they find comfort knowing if something happens, the department is right around the corner.

“It is really helpful for them to be right then and there,” says Ashley Bartley, a Fish Trap Lake visitor.

“Very important. They come in with me and help me back in. Very, very, good people,” says Mike Thacker, a camper.

Now officials with the Millard Fire Department say they still have to deal with budget cuts like most volunteer fire departments, but they say this lease agreement definitely helps out.

Millard Fire Department officials say they have responded to 20 calls since the station opened in April.

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  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Jul 7, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    Bill in Uptown Pikeville, you need to make sure you know what you are talking about first. This (Millard fire department) is a volunteer fire department, if you are referring to the Pikeville FD, they are very well funded and have people on duty 24/7. The Millard FD is made up of entirely volunteers, who work (most of the time) full time jobs in other professions, and often are responding to calls, then go back out to work the next morning with little to no sleep. If it weren't for FD's like this, there would be a 30-40 minute or longer wait time for response. As for the deputys you talk about? That's Fuzzy Kesee's bunch. Have a little chat with him if you got a complaint, he has a LOT of fee deputies who only work events or emergencies, the rest are (supposedly) out serving warrants all day. Anyway, those guys at the Millard FD are a great bunch of guys and gals, and work their fannies off to serve their community. I know, my uncle, father and at least one cousin belong.
  • by Bill Location: Up town Pikeville on Jul 7, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    Did you ever wonder "why" our Fire Depts. are not fully funded?Why theres not people on duty 24-7.We have hunderds of deputys, but no folks on duty for the most important task.Put them in our fire stations 24-7 for the people.
  • by Bill D. on Jul 6, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    this is only possible with the help of the good people of Millard and the two local bingos that contribute many funds to help buy equipment. The local lottery effort is also benefiting this needed program.


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