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Council Members Hamilton, Ward-Pugh and Johnson praise 21st Century Fire initiative.

Tuesday May 23, 2006

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Louisville – Saying public safety is the bottom line, three Metro Council members are praising Mayor Jerry Abramson’s 21st Century Fire plan.

Council members Cheri Bryant-Hamilton (D) 5, Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9 and Dan Johnson (D) 21 represent areas were new firehouses have been recommended to replace old ones. The place calls for keeping the firehouses in the same areas.

The older firehouses will remain in operation as the new ones are being built.

“I am pleased by the recommendation,” says Ward Pugh, who represents the Clifton area. “I am pleased with the Mayor’s commitment to making neighborhoods and all of Louisville safe. It was a step in the right direction to not only have professionals but neighborhood groups review this plan.”

Hamilton agrees.

“The Portland and Shawnee areas were well represented on the Mayor’s advisory panel and their input was invaluable,” she says. “The first phase of this plan is a step in the right direction and it sets the right priorities.”

The Mayor announced the firehouse at Clifton, Portland and Beechmont will remain open while proposed new fire house in those same areas will be built for modernized fire protection.

The Clifton firehouse home to Telesquirt 21 was built in 1891. In Portland, the firehouse was built in 1903. The Beechmont  firehouse on West Ashland Avenue was built in 1926.

“I think this is a great idea and I am proud of the Mayor for his action,” says Johnson. “I am also glad to see that not only will the station on Ashland Avenue remain there but there will be no reduction in staffing or equipment.”

The Mayor’s plan calls for not only the building of the new fire houses but replacement of 17 of the departments 28 front-line trucks.

The Council members commend the Mayor for his willingness to listen after a deployment study on fire safety was released in November of last year.

“I think this has been a practical and pragmatic approach to a major concern for all of our neighborhoods.

“I have to commend the neighborhoods as well,” says Johnson. “The people of the Beechmont area have done a good job of showing how the firefighters are a part of the community.”

The Mayor will present the 21st Century Fire plan as part of his budget proposal before the Metro Council this Thursday May 25th at 3:00pm at City Hall.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
Dan Johnson (D) 21