After more than 20 years of service, Fire Chief Andy Longstreet is now retired. Over a long career, he advocated for delivering effective service to the public and taking care of the members and families of the department.
He introduced the organization to the Center for Public Safety Excellence's continuous improvement model and became the change agent that transitioned the department to use data and analysis to make evidenced-based decisions.
Chief Longstreet is a tireless champion for the members of the department, the public, and the fire service. Please join us in thanking him for his service!
Chief Andy Longstreet started his public safety career as a volunteer firefighter with the Worthington Fire District in 1994.
In 1997, he was hired as a full-time, career firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician with the Middletown Fire Protection District.
Over the years he worked his way up through the ranks of the District serving as a Sergeant, Captain, and Assistant Chief. He was a founding member of the Jefferson County Water Rescue Team and the led the Team’s deployment to New Orleans, LA in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2018 Assistant Chief Longstreet was appointed to the position of Fire Chief of the Middletown Fire Protection District. In March of that year, he oversaw a merger between 3 districts; the Anchorage Fire Protection District, the Anchorage Ambulance District, and the Middletown Fire Protection District. With the merger came expanded fire and medical service for the community and a new name, Anchorage Middletown Fire & EMS.
In 2019, he led another multi-agency merger between the Eastwood, Harrods Creek, and Worthington Fire Protection Districts with Anchorage Middletown Fire & EMS. This created the second-largest dual-service provider in the State. Anchorage Middletown Fire & EMS employs more than 220 responders operating 11 Fire Companies and 8 Ambulances from 11 Stations to provide service to over 100 sq. mi. of Northeast Jefferson County and a portion of Oldham County.
Anchorage Middletown Fire and EMS Department (AMFEMS) has received a $194,080 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
AMFEMS will use the funding to install direct-source, vehicle exhaust capture systems. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a direct-source capture of exhaust is the “most effective” way to ventilate an area of exhaust. Everyday exposure to the fumes and particulates from fire trucks and ambulances starting inside the firehouse may be a significant contributing factor to the increased risk of cancer over a firefighter’s career. These funds will significantly reduce this risk to our personnel.
Station 2 (10510 Shelbyville Road), Station 9 (4700 Murphy Lane), and Station 10 (8905 US 42) are receiving the new exhaust systems. Once this project has been completed, 9 of 10 stations will have vehicle exhaust systems installed.
The AFG program helps fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations obtain the equipment they need to do their jobs effectively, including protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources that help protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and other related hazards.
On Monday May 20, 2019 Barry Denton (center right) of the American Heart Association (AHA), presented the Mission: Lifeline Recognition Award to Anchorage Middletown Fire and EMS (AMFEMS) at the regular, monthly meeting of the AMFEMS Board of Trustees.
This award recognizes EMS agencies for applying the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve care and outcomes in the communities served. Thanks to the hard work of your firefighters, EMT’s, and Paramedics, Anchorage Middletown Fire and EMS is one of the first agencies in the nation to be recognized!
During the presentation, Mr. Denton specifically mentioned Captain Ben Willen (not pictured) and his diligence in making sure the Department met the strict data-collection and submission requirements of the program.
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