It's a move they say will make Lexington safer. City officials and the fire department have announced some changes they hope will cut down on brownouts, the temporary closing of fire stations.
Firefighters in Lexington are required to train, on top of their regular schedule, four times a year. With the city already seeing its fair share of temporary station closings, they've had to come up with a way to keep boots on and training in.
"We looked at how can we provide the same amount of trucks, but still continue to train and maintain our level and standard," explains Lexington Fire's Interim Chief Keith Jackson. This next training period, he'll have less firefighters training at one time. He believes that will keep more trucks on the roads and more men and women available for emergencies. Training for the entire department will now take a week longer.
"Even though they're in training they're still available to respond to an incident and if the shift commander chooses to, he'll bring the guys and girls out of training to respond to any event."
The new changes to training schedules will also affect new recruits.
"We've worked out where we've reduced the actual recruit training class from 18 weeks to 16 weeks so we can get those guys out in September instead of October," explains Chief Jackson.