This morning, Lexington firefighters showed off their skills at the new tower at their training center on Old Frankfort Pike. They climbed ladders and dropped from ropes as if they were in a high-rise fire rescue, used a chain saw to simulate cutting through a roof and practiced other dangerous drills.
Chief Kristin Chilton said the new tower will help Lexington firefighters stay at the top of their game. The new building replaces the old fire training tower, which was built in the early 1970’s and was out of date. Chilton said it no longer reflected what firefighters faced when responding to an emergency and that was a safety concern. She said “it needed to be updated to keep our training relevant to today’s demands.”
The facility helped the Lexington Fire Department get their ISO class one city rating, which is the highest level awarded for public safety.