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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions



Q: Am I allowed to burn brush in my back yard in Fayette County?

A: In certain areas of Fayette County you can burn as long as you have a burn permit and you follow all applicable regulations. Click these link below to visit the Burn Permits Page:

Burn Permits Application Page


Q: I called for an ambulance and a fire truck showed up first, why?

A: All members of the Lexington Fire Department are trained to the EMT level or above with many holding a paramedic certification. For more serious medical runs, or for runs when an emergency care unit will have an extended response time, an engine or ladder company may be dispatched as a "first responder." The crew of the engine or ladder will begin to stabilize the patient and complete on scene care so that a patient can be quickly transported once the EC Unit arrives.


Q: What are those chains that hang underneith the fire trucks?

A: Believe it or not, this is one of the most common questions that we get asked. The chains hanging under the fire apparatus are part of a system of automatic snow chains. In icy or snowy conditions, the system can be activated by the driver and the chains spin down under the tires providing much increased traction.


Q: Can you come to my school or event and teach fire safety?

A: Please email our Community Services Bureau for more info or to request a visit


Q: Why did a fire truck pass me with its lights and sirens on and then shut them off and drove normally?

A: In all likelihood the company you saw had just got cancelled from a response. Multiple units frequently are sent on runs and the first arriving unit may have determined that additional units weren't needed.



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Last updated: 1/29/2015 12:35:24 PM