Lyndon Fire Department cuts down on staffing

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 5:41 PM

LYNDON, Ky.(WHAS11) -- Tough economic times have forced the Lyndon Fire Protection District to make some tough choices and it will affect its residents.

"We rely on Lyndon Fire Department a lot," said Joanne Baxter with Brownsboro Park Assisted Living Center.

Baxter says she is worried how her residents will get emergency care now that Lyndon Fire is cutting it staff.

"The immediate concern is the quality of care and attention that our residents get," Baxter said.

The one hundred residents call on Lyndon several times a week for EMS service. Without them or a quick response, the result could be life threatening.

Capt. Rick Blivin with Lyndon Fire Protection District says they will keep quick service a top priority but realistically it could delay response.

"We'll be there. It may take us longer. It may take us longer to put a fire out but we are still going be there as quick as we can," Blivin said.

Officials tell us they plan to rely heavily on nearby stations and hope the public understands their difficult situation.

"We don't like having to reduce staffing . We don't like having to reduce service response time that we don't have to be making. But it's inevitable," Blivin said.

The only way that Lyndon sees the situation changing is if taxes are raised to support the department.

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