About the KYFireWire

Tim Whalin
Tim WhalinWebsite Founder
Melanie hilliard
Melanie hilliardCurrent Website Designer
The KYFireWire is owned and operated by Melanie Hilliard, a volunteer KY firefighter/EMT. The KYFireWire was continued after the passing of the originator, Tim Whalin, at age 26 from Cystic Fibrosis.  Tim overcame many adversities including a double lung transplant and was able to return to active duties as an apparatus operator for Harrods Creek Fire Protection District (now merged into Middletown Fire Department) in Jefferson County.  Tim was an accomplished firefighter, EMT, director of the explorer program, and webmaster of the KYFireWire and Harrods Creek Fire Department's websites.  A video by WLKY about Tim Whalin can be found here.

Melanie Hilliard took over the website in 2007.  I intended to devote time and continue his legacy, but marriage, family, and life hindered my progress.  I currently believe that I can devote the time to continue a valuable resource that Tim started for Kentucky Firefighters.

The purpose of this site is to act as an instrument used to communicate news, training, jobs, and educational opportunities occurring in the Kentucky fire services.  I rely on firefighters, EMTs, and rescue personnel to send updates about current firefighting-related events occurring in Kentucky.  This may include news about incidents, local charity drives like the Crusade for Children, volunteer opportunities, educational opportunities, fire schools, and job opportunities.  The KYFireWire is for Kentucky firefighters and by Kentucky firefighters.

A feature that I hope to build into the website is the ability to spotlight Kentucky apparatus, stations, and firefighters.  Other features include adding the famous patch board, highlighting fire schools, and creating a classifieds section.

Images in the KFW collage logo at the top of this page have been taken with permission from the Harrods Creek Fire Department website.

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