LONDON KY—The London Fire Department has announced Bryan Johnson as their newest Firefighter. The Department currently employs 18 and has 37 volunteer members.  

“I am proud to say that Bryan Johnson is our newest paid firefighter. Along with his energetic willingness to do all that is required to get the job done, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the Department in regard to computers, programming and tracking data,” London Fire Chief Carl Hacker said, adding, “He will be an asset to our Department and City.” 

Johnson served in the U.S. Army for 13 years and one tour in Iraq with the rank of staff sergeant, communications, electronic warfare, contracting officer’s representative, operations, and instructor. He received numerous medals, the highest of which was the Army Commendation Medal.  

He completed 150 Firefighter hours recognized by the Kentucky Fire Commission and the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) – a timed test consisting of continuous events that would be performed on a fire scene which include stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry, ladder raise, and extension, forcible entry, search, rescue, and ceiling breach and pull. In addition to his firefighter certifications, he has an information technology CompTIA A+ certification. 

“As I completed my degree in information security, I realized that I wanted to make a difference in a career that I could be proud of outside of a normal 9-5 schedule. I wanted to be part of a team that makes a difference – the London Fire Department provides that,” Johnson said, adding, “This truly is the kind of career you dream about having as a kid. I want to learn as much as I can, train harder than I ever have, and be prepared for the challenge this career presents. Hopefully, along the way, I can motivate others and encourage an attitude of success.” 

London Firefighters work a schedule of 24 hours on-duty and 48 hours off-duty. Firefighters are required to perform fire suppression, emergency medical response, public fire education, public relations activities, public service calls, station duties, pre-fire (incident) planning, training, basic vehicle preventive maintenance, report writing, and other duties.  

For more information about the London Fire Department, visit londonkyfire.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/londonfiredept. For information about a career at the Department, visit londonkyfire.com/join or call (606) 864-2922.