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Burning car victim highlights brown-out dangers

Although the man was just a block away from a firehouse, it was closed due to a city-ordered brown-out

By FireRescue1 Staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A man's rescue from a burning car was delayed because of a city ordered brown-out, which shutdown the closest fire station.

A 53-year-old man was trapped in a burning car, and even though the closest fire station was just a block away, firefighters were still delayed in arriving because that station had been closed due to a brown-out, according to LEX 18.

Police can be heard in the dispatch audio repeatedly telling firefighters to hurry as the blaze was fast-moving and fire extinguishers were becoming less effective.

Good Samaritans and officers at the scene say the man was very lucky the fire occurred near a nursing home that had a large stock of fire extinguishers, otherwise, he would have burned to death before firefighters arrived.

Because of the brown-out it took firefighters seven minutes to arrive at the scene.

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Aj Palmer Aj Palmer Monday, December 10, 2012 5:39:32 PM This bull crap
Donnie Smith Donnie Smith Monday, December 10, 2012 5:44:50 PM Really 7 mins would be great out in the county
Damian Jay Damian Jay Monday, December 10, 2012 5:46:41 PM That's absolutely ridiculous!
NyFl Alice NyFl Alice Monday, December 10, 2012 5:48:36 PM WHAT??
Mike Ojeda Mike Ojeda Monday, December 10, 2012 5:50:09 PM What's a brown out?
Dustin Shadowens Dustin Shadowens Monday, December 10, 2012 5:52:37 PM Emergency Services should be the very last resort in any City to try and save money. Take some of the office staff out or cut jobs from public works or other city departments. Leave fire, police, and ems alone.
Herve Thomas Herve Thomas Monday, December 10, 2012 5:54:08 PM I think it's when a city close one station, to reduce personal... got three stations..?? close one, put the crew either out of work, or assigned to another station (shortest shifts..??), and keep the two next one opened.
Jason A Filliben Jason A Filliben Monday, December 10, 2012 5:58:59 PM Brown Out is where a city or town doesn't enough money in the budget to keep all stations in service for the budget year, so a answer to the budget is shutting down a station for like a week or month which will save the city thousands in fuel, utilities, and salaries. they will rotate which station is closed so it doesn't just affect one part of the city. Also another way is doing away with overtime for fireman and shuting down a station for a day since man power is low. This is what a brown out is, hope this helps.
Harry Perry Harry Perry Monday, December 10, 2012 6:23:00 PM Coming from a firefighters stand point, 7 minutes response in several parts of the country is EXCELLENT... We are only allowed to work as fast as safety will let us. As for the brownout in what looks to be a busy city, unacceptable.
Les Graybill Les Graybill Monday, December 10, 2012 6:23:23 PM If you don't have the money, you don't have the money. 7 minutes would be great for us to get to an accident scene.
Sarah Lynn Swain Sarah Lynn Swain Monday, December 10, 2012 6:31:47 PM If there fire in your car get out right away beause you can get hurt
Mike Ojeda Mike Ojeda Monday, December 10, 2012 6:31:48 PM Well then the closed one isn't the closest station anymore. Cut backs suck but what r u going to do
Mel Rosser Mel Rosser Monday, December 10, 2012 6:38:49 PM Completely unacceptable. This just goes to show you the type of things that can happen when you shut down departments for an amount of time
Collin Edwards Collin Edwards Monday, December 10, 2012 8:30:25 PM You have to take into account the time it took dispatch to tone out the department and then response time for personnel...I'd say seven minutes is a great time for an unstaffed station. You have to consider these people were probably doing something else at the time of the call and had to drop what they were doing to come help. Being a cadet in this field at a volunteer dept., with the exception of two people on station everyday, seven minutes is a great response time when you consider dropping what your doing, getting to the station, and then driving to the scene in the apparatus needed. They did the best they could with what they had and you shouldn't be saying anything to them about it! It really is irritating to hear people complain to you that you weren't fast enough, or you should be doing something different, especially when they are risking their lives to help you, your friends, or your family! Kudos to this dept. keep up the good work!
Kris Knight Kris Knight Monday, December 10, 2012 8:56:16 PM people can complain all they want volunteer firefighters are a endangered species. walk in a mile in our boots join the team. we need people! we drop what were doing and go.i have responded to same call before we are trying to the hall as fast as possible we are allowed too speed to a calls its very hard to do the speed limit in personal vehicle knowing someone is burning alive! Also when we respond to call with the fire truck we need to obey. we didn't create the incident that person is in we are there to Help U.
Kris Knight Kris Knight Monday, December 10, 2012 8:59:04 PM Sorry ERROR WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEED TO CALLS EITHER WAY>IM ILLLITTERITE sorry
Mark Knapp Mark Knapp Monday, December 10, 2012 11:18:22 PM brown outs? so who will be brown out next when someone gets murdered cause the police were browned out?
Lars Olsen Lars Olsen Monday, December 10, 2012 11:21:38 PM Keep cutting those taxes so the rich don't whine that they can't feed their $100k+ dancing horses.
Dennis Roberts Dennis Roberts Monday, December 10, 2012 11:53:47 PM Start with the mayor and city council and cut there pay 25 percent, then let the head hunters take out the rest. this is uncalled for.
David Lilly David Lilly Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:39:27 AM As a volunteer firefighter, I know about response times. Something should be done about the BROWN OUT at the closest station. NO fire department should ever be closed. We risk our lives to help and save others, so DON'Y close valuable departments. That puts volunteers at a higher risk responding from a greater distance especially when they know there is someone trapped in a burning car.
Stevo Winton Stevo Winton Tuesday, December 11, 2012 5:30:10 PM 7 mins? I thnik there fulltime depts atleast a few of the 23 lex depts r so 7 mins is kinda bad but if there all vol depts that's good.
Joseph Hebert Joseph Hebert Friday, December 14, 2012 10:27:58 AM Public Safety is always first to get cut.
Greg Ulsh Greg Ulsh Saturday, December 15, 2012 5:38:00 AM I believe you missed the point of the article. This is a PAID Department. The city closed the nearest station. This caused a seven minute delay in the on scene of the first apparatus.

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