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2016 BLFD Open House



Open House was held Saturday October 15, 2016.  The public, members and their families enjoyed the time visiting together and having some refreshments.

photo's provided by President Lonzie D. Blankenship



Fire Hazard Seasons

The periods commencing on October 1st and ending on December 15th and commencing on February 15th and ending on April 30th of each year are hereby declared to be and established as the fire hazard seasons.  During the fire hazard seasons it is unlawful for any person to set fire to any flammable material capable of spreading fire, located in or within one hundred fifty feet (150') of any woodland or brushland, except between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.





     The city of Betsy Layne, Kentucky, was named for Elizabeth Johns Layne (the wife of Tandy Middleton Layne known by many by her nickname of 'Betsy') who was one of the first settlers of present-day, nearby Justell sometime after the year 1831.  It is located in the far eastern portion of Floyd County approximately 1 1/2 miles north of the Pike County line.
     In the summer of the year 1947, Betsy Layne High School Agriculture Teacher Earl Hays and a group of his friends came together to form the 'Betsy Layne Mens' Club' and one of its goals was to establish local fire protection for the citizens of the area.  In 1976, several years after a volunteer fire company had been established, the now-defunct Mens' Club would be incorporated into the Betsy Layne Volunteer Fire Department.
     In 1984 (after several months of hard work and determination on part of the firefighters and also consideration of the Floyd County Fiscal Court) the department's current tax protection district was established and the organization came to be known as the Betsy Layne Fire Protection District, a name it still holds even today.  Six years after this amazing feat, the group was honored with receiving a Class 4 ISO rating becoming the first strictly volunteer fire department east of the Mississippi River to accomplish such a task.
     In 1994 (47 years after the volunteer fire company had first been organized) the group and the community endured the loss of their first civilian in a house fire within the area.  Within just a few years afterwards, four more civilians would perish in three additional structure fires within the Betsy Layne Fire Protection District but, still, we went on.
Currently, the Betsy Layne Fire Protection District owns and operates six different fire apparatuses out of its six-bay two-story block and brick building and they include three Pierce pumper engines, one Ford rescue vehicle, one Pierce ladder truck, and one Chevrolet personnel transportation vehicle.  Individually listed below, 27 active firefighters, 2 active junior firefighters and 5 active non-firefighter board members serve this community on a daily basis.  Their years of service range anywhere from an excess of 40 years to only a few months.  No matter their age or experience, every member has their own job to allow the organization to run like a well-oiled machine.  Betsy Layne is and always will be about constant teamwork and dedication to one another and, like our Chief often says, "there is no I in Betsy Layne".
     The Betsy Layne Fire Protection District serves all of Betsy Layne, Harold, Stanville, Tram, and Little Mud Creek as well as portions of Ivel, Prater Creek, and Boldman.  To read more about this organization, you may do so by clicking on either the 'ABOUT US' or 'HISTORY OF BLFD' segments to the far left of this page.  You may also read more about each member by simply clicking on the 'MEMBERS' section, too.

401 Fire Chief Eddie Clark (Board Member)

404  Vacant

405 Firefighter Steven Clark

406 Assistant Fire Chief Edward Clark(Training Supervisor),(Instructor)

407 Firefighter Tony Meade (Chaplain)

409 Firefighter Tommy Kidd

410 Fire Lieutenant Darren Daniels

411 Firefighter Lonnie Ray Allen (Vice President)

412  Vacant

413 Firefighter Danny Keen

414 Junior Firefighter Jamison Stanley

415 Firefighter Josh Hall

416 Firefigher Jonathon Brock

417 Firefighter Jarrett Stanley

418 Firefighter Chris Stanley (Water Resource Officer), (Instructor)

420 Fire Captain Bobby Slone (Board Secretary & Fire Code Inspector)

421 Fire Lieutenant Kyle Akers (Quarter Master)

423 Firefighter Jenna Stevens

424 Firefighter Brian White (Public Information Officer) (Secretary)

425 Firefighter Brandon Daniels

426 Firefighter Lonzie Blankenship (President)

427 Firefighter Justin Kidd (Safety Officer),(Public Relations)

428 Firefighter Greg Osborne (Junior Firefighter Program Coordinator)(Instructor)

429 Firefighter Jackie Smith

430 Firefighter William Elliott

431 Firefighter Alex Meade

432 Firefighter Josh Murphy

433 Firefighter Austin Gillispie

434 Firefighter Nathan Looney (Instructor)

435 Firefighter Brandon Osborn

436 Junior Firefighter Tommy O Keathley

Bobby Johnson, Board Member

Ronnie Wallen, Board Member

Keith Stumbo, Board Member

Mike Hammond, Board Member

Josh Justice, Board Member



2016 Santa Run

On December 19, 2015 Betsy Layne Fire Dept held their Santa Run.  We took our group photo (top photo), right after that photo we had prayer as we always do before begining our Santa Run.  We hope the community enjoyed Santa atop Engine 2 as much as we enjoy doing it!! 

photos by Alyssa Kidd 



Chief Eddie Clark Inducted into Hall Of Fame


On behalf of the other Betsy Layne firefighters, board members, our families, and even his own personal family, I want to express just how thankful we each are for 'OUR Chief' Eddie Clark and how blessed that a majority of us were to be there to help honor him on December 11th, 2015, when he was elected into the Betsy Layne High School Hall of Fame. Not only is he a "winning coach" who has helped lead his team to some of its greatest of accomplishments (the one that stands out here is becoming the first solely volunteer fire department east of the Mississippi River to receive an ISO class rating of a "FOUR" in 1990) but he has done so with pride, honor, integrity, and a true passion for what he loves since the fall of 1971. Just four years later, he became the 5th-ever fire chief of the Betsy Layne Fire Department (a position, mind you, that he still serves in today). He attributes his outstanding capabilities to three things...1) being in good physical condition, 2) being very well-trained to face even the most extreme danger, and 3) most importantly being right with Jesus Christ. For what is rapidly approaching 1/2 a century, Eddie has closed his own business to help someone in need (sometimes a mere stranger) and saw more tragedy in his life than most others of us could only imagine. Chief was there long before any others started their Betsy Layne firefighting careers and also long after many others left.  He has toughed the rough times, he has saw death both in the firefighting field as well as a loss of an active member of his department, he has stood firm for what he believes in, and 'went to bat' for us way more times that we could imagine, but, one thing has remained the same through it all...CHIEF EDDIE CLARK. Like his father was, Chief Clark is an icon in his community! Chief, we sometimes needed that stern word to set us back onto the right track, we sometimes needed guidance when we were being lead astray, we sometimes needed our chief to have our backs even in the eyes of the public officials, and we needed that special someone to look up to. Many may say, "I don't know why Eddie goes about an issue like he does" but, if you know Chief, then you can not safely say that.  We are just blessed to be able to be by his side and understand he is doing what is best for Betsy Layne.  He also puts his department and his community FIRST (only after Christ and his family).  I know Chief Clark would never take credit for all he has done as he often says, "there is no I in Betsy Layne" but, simply put, if it wasn't for everything he stood for, Betsy Layne FD would not be what it is today and many of us can attest that 'WE' wouldn't be a part of the award-winning heritage and tradition that IS Betsy Layne. The best of the best and we have our winning coach of the last 44 years to thank for it. 

PIO Brian White 424

photo by Beverly Bush




 2015 Firefighter of The Year

Congrats to Firefighter Brandon Daniels,  2015 Betsy Layne Fire Department Firefighter of The Year! 

Keep up the great work!   

Award presented by Firefighter Lonnie Ray Allen(Center) and Captain Bobby R. Slone(Right)