2021 BETSY LAYNE FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS
On February 8th, 2021 election was held for administrative offices, those elected are the following:
President: Lonzie D. Blankenship
Vice President: Lonnie R. Allen
Secretary: Brian White
Quartermaster: Brian White
Fire Chief Eddie Clark also made his appointments as follows:
Safety Officer: Lonnie R. Allen
Fire Code Inspector: Bobby Slone
Water Resource Officers: Jackie Smith
Public Information Officer: Brian White
Public Relations: Justin Kidd
Chaplain: Tony Meade
Junior Firefighter Coordinator: Greg Osborne
Fire Hazard Seasons
The periods commencing on February 15th and ending on April 30th and commencing on October 1st and ending on December 15th 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.
Recruitment Video for Betsy Layne Fire Department
Assistant Chief Edward Clark talks about why he joined and has been a member for over 35 years and whey we need members. Looking for members of the community who would want to be a Junior Firefighter (15-18) and/or Firefighter (18 and up) applicants. Watch the video and if you interested you can apply on the website: www.betsylaynefiredept.com
2019 BLFD Santa Run
Pictured: Santa, Brandon Osborn. Left to right Kyle Akers, Brian White, Edward Clark, Bobby Slone, Eddie Clark, Darren Daniels, Justin Kidd with son Oakley, Lonzie Blankenship, Barrett Hall, Alex Meade, Jonathon Brock, & Keith Justice.
2019 BLFD Firefighter of the Year
Congrats to Matt Boggs being named as Betsy Layne Fire Department Firefighter of the Year for 2019. Pictured left to right are Lieutenant Kyle Akers, Lieutenant Justin Kidd, Matt Boggs, Assistant Chief Edward Clark, Captain Bobby Slone and Chief Eddie Clark at our fire department Christmas Dinner/Awards Banquet. Congrats again Matt you deserve it! Keep up the great work,
WHERE EXACTLY IS BETSY LAYNE AND HOW DID IT COME TO BE?
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, 22 active firefighters, two junior firefighters, and five 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)(E6-22) 4yr
405 Firefighter Steven Clark (on leave)
406 Assistant Fire Chief Edward Clark (Training Supervisor), (Instructor)
407 Firefighter Tony Meade (Chaplain)
409 Firefighter Tommy Kidd
410 Firefighter Darren Daniels
411 Firefighter Lonnie Ray Allen (Safety Officer), (Vice President)
414 Firefighter Jamison Stanley
415 Firefighter Dylan Conn
416 Firefighter Jonathon Brock
417 Junior Firefighter Barrett Hall
418 Firefighter Chris Stanley (Instructor)
420 Fire Captain Bobby Slone (Fire Code Inspector & Board Member Secretary) (E6-24) 4yr
421 Fire Lieutenant Kyle Akers
423 Firefighter Jenna Clark (on leave)
424 Firefighter Brian White (Public Information Officer), (Secretary), (Quarter Master)
425 Junior Firefighter Brendon Jacob Preece
426 Firefighter Lonzie Blankenship (President), (Internal Department Inspections)
427 Firefighter Lieutenant Justin Kidd (Public Relations)
428 Firefighter Greg Osborne (Junior Firefighter Program Coordinator), (Instructor), (Internal Department Inspections)
429 Firefighter Keith Justice
430 Firefighter Matthew Boggs (Instructor),(EMT)
431 Firefighter Alex Meade
432 Firefighter Josh Murphy (EMT)
433 Firefighter Dalton Mullins
434 Firefighter Jackie Smith (Water Resource Officer)
435 Firefighter Brandon Osborn
436 Probationary Firefighter Isaiah Boyd
Ronnie Wallen, Board Member (E6-21) 4yr
Keith Stumbo, Board Member (A6-21 )3yr
Mike Hammond, Board Member (A6-22) 3yr
Josh Justice, Board Member (A6-23) 3yr
Tom Harmon, Board Member (E6-23) 4yr