Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
State, local officials to dedicate Bluegrass Station Fire Station

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Dave Altom 502-607-1562, cell 502-229-3227  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       

WHO:              Maj. Gen. Donald C. Storm, the Adjutant General; Lexington Mayor
                        Teresa Isaac; various state and local officials

WHAT:            Dedication of Bluegrass Station Division Fire Station

WHEN:            TODAY,   Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 10 a.m.

WHERE:         Bluegrass Station


FRANKFORT, KY – Major General Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky and Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac will be among the state and local officials attending the dedication of the new fire station at Bluegrass Station in Fayette County at 10 a.m. EDT this morning, Sept. 20, 2006.

The new facility is a collaborative effort between Governor Ernie Fletcher, Bluegrass Station, Lexington/Fayette Urban County Government, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA).  Governor Fletcher supported Bluegrass Station providing space for the fire engines and sleeping quarters at a cost exceeding $400,000.00.  Mayor Isaacs provided personnel to support 24-hour- a-day coverage at Bluegrass Station. SOCOM/SOFSA obtained a state-of-the-art Fire engine at a cost of approximately $500,000.

The new facility is designed to provide fire fighting support to not only Bluegrass Station but to District 12 in Fayette County as well.  Fire support operations began at Bluegrass Station on a part time basis in September 2005 – 12-hour-a-day coverage for the first several months using an older fire engine.  Fire Support Operations began full time (24-hour-a-day coverage) during March 2006 and the new fire truck arrived in May. 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  To arrive at Bluegrass Station, take Exit 87 on I-64 East and follow Haley Road, which becomes Briar Hill Road, for approximately 2.5 miles.  Cross the railroad tracks and the main gate is on your left.