Kentucky Mine Safety Director Earns National Award

Jim vicini picKentucky’s Division of Mine Safety Director Jim Vicini is the 2017 recipient of the National Holmes Mine Rescue Association Man of the Year Award.

He was presented the award at the national meeting in Traverse City, Michigan June 8.

This prestigious award, given once per year, dates back to the early 1900’s, when the Joseph A Holmes Safety Association (JAHSA) was created to modernize and improve mine safety across the nation.

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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Calls for Nominations for Annual Environmental Awards

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2017) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 19-20 at the Lexington Convention Center.

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Division of Forestry Firefighters in Georgia to Battle Massive Blaze

The Kentucky Division of Forestry now has a total of 18 Kentucky firefighters assigned to the 152,515 acre West Mims fire on the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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Ranger Technician Dennis Woolard spraying out a hot spot during mop up in Saint George, Georgia.

Some of the initial crew is still there and some new staff added to fight the fires. Seven Division of Forestry engines and two bulldozers are also assigned to the fire.

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What’s your air quality I.Q.? Find out with our Air Quality Awareness Week quizzes

Every year, the first week in May is celebrated across the U.S. as Air Quality Awareness Week.  The Division for Air Quality invites you to explore this topic with five fun Continue reading “What’s your air quality I.Q.? Find out with our Air Quality Awareness Week quizzes”

Two Top Officials Appointed at the Department for Natural Resources

James R. Wright has been appointed Director of the Division of Forestry and James M. Vicini has been appointed Director of the Division of Mine Safety. Both appointments are effective April 16.

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Kentucky Sends Firefighting Aid to Oklahoma

Firefighters go west.jpgFrankfort, Ky. (March 10, 2017) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) has dispatched a dozen firefighters to assist the state of Oklahoma, where fires have burned nearly 900,000 acres in the northwest part of Oklahoma.

The firefighters, who departed from Kentucky yesterday morning, included one public information officer, one task force leader, two dozer bosses, three engine bosses, three engine operators and two firefighter type IIs. The Division of Forestry also sent threeType-6 Wildland Fire Engines and two JD-650 dozers with plows to assist Oklahoma’s fire efforts as part of the Southern Wildland Fire Compact.

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Arson Arrest Made in Floyd County

FRANKFORT, KY (February 23, 2017) – This spring’s first arrest for woodland arson was made Wednesday, February 22,  by Sgt. Homer L. Pigman of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources (KDFWR).

Sgt. Pigman arrested Johnathan Shepherd of no known address for allegedly setting a fire off HWY 1210. Mr. Shepherd was charged with KRS 149.380 (2)(3) setting fire on land owned by another and KRS 508.060 wanton endangerment in the first degree. This is a Class D Felony.

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