Lexington Fire Department Losing Over 225 Years of Experience

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Division of Fire will have a large gap to fill beginning next year. Ten service retirements take effect January 3. Chief Robert Hendricks says the retiring firefighters represent over 225 years of service and experience.

"They touch virtually everything thing that we do. They are line district officers, they are company commanders. They represent our fire prevention bureau, our training division, and our chaplain. So all of those folks together, doing without all of them is going to be a challenge."

Hendricks says the division has a system in place to fill the positions as quickly as possible without a negative effect on public safety.

The Lexington police department, coincidentally, had no retirements up for approval at this month's meeting of the police and fire pension board.