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August 11, 2013

Parkers Mill FD: Champions Again

Has won 7 of the last 8 Firefighter Olympic championships

Somerset —

It appears that Parkers Mill Fire Department’s winning streak is still going strong. 
Members from the fire department brought home its seventh title in eight years — more than any other department in the state — from this year’s Kentucky State Firefighter Olympics, held on Aug. 3 in Ashland. 
“In the last 15 years, the trophy left the county one time,” said Tiger Robinson, local public safety director and chairman of the state Fire Commission and chief organizer of the Firefighter Olympics. “They’re team-oriented. The skills we do in that (the Firefighter Olympics) are used in fighting fire every day.”
The Parkers Mill squad has secured a first-place title every year since 2010 and between 2006 and 2008. Southgate Fire Department, out of Campbell County, won the title in 2009. 
“They set their mind to it and they did it,” said Keith Price, assistant chief of Parkers Mill, on Saturday. “They want a (fifth win), and I bet they get it. It just shows their dedication to their department, the county and each other, as well as their fire training 
“(I) couldn’t be any more proud of these guys,” added Price. “We lost a couple from last year, two new ones stepped in, and when you train together, you win together.”
Fire departments with Ashland and Southgate took second and third places, respectively, in the adult division. 
Pulaski County has traditionally performed well in the event, which tests the proficiency of firefighters at an assortment of basic physical and mental skills that are necessary in the course of the very dangerous and demanding job they perform. 
In fact, Faubush’s fire department previously held the record for most Firefighter Olympics won with five. Robinson pointed out that the trophy has rotated among the Nancy and Somerset fire departments as well. 
And Ferguson Fire Department’s junior firefighting squad came through with a second-place title while competing in the junior division this year.

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