Seymour Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) is scheduled to host an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 11 to dedicate its new Emergency Designated Land Zone (LZ) at SVFD’s Station 6.
The landing zone will be used for emergency medical air transportation needed in South Knoxville and surrounding communities. This project has been a three-way partnership with Knox County, Johnson University and SVFD.
Commissioner Carson Dailey, who represents the 9th District, understood that seconds count to save a life. He wanted to help reduce travel time on life threatening emergencies in the Kimberlin Heights area. Working with Mayor Burchett’s office, funding was secured to build the LZ at the SVFD, Station 6 in Kimberlin Heights and Gap Creek area. Johnson University, who owns the property and leases the building to SVFD, was very supportive of the project, as well.
This Emergency Designated LZ will be available for air medical transport, as well as, Knox County Sheriff aviation operations. All three organizations involved feel this new LZ at SVFD is a important addition for a growing community and are excited to offer its residents this peace of mind.
“We all know that every second counts when dealing with medical emergencies,” said SVFD Chief John Linsenbigler. “In many cases it really is the difference in life or death. To have strong County and City leadership that sees and understands the value that comes with an Emergency Designated LZ is priceless. We greatly appreciate everyone’s support and we look forward to the impact the LZ will have in saving lives, in our community, for generations to come.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10:00AM on July 11, 2018. Both UT Lifestar and Knox County Sheriff office are scheduled to have aircrafts on site. SVFD’s Station 6 is located at 2135 Kimberlin Heights Road. The community and area media are invited to attend.
To learn more about SVFD and how you can make a difference in your community visit www.SeymourVFD.com or call 865.851.1157.
When you support SVFD you are helping yourself and your neighbors before a crisis strikes. The money given to SVFD, through special events, or individual and business contributions ensures that SVFD will be there when you need us the most providing fire, EMS, and rescue services to the community.