KentuckyFireTrucks.com is one of the nation's premiere fire apparatus websites and is solely dedicated to fire apparatus representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Many admire fire apparatus. However, there are a select few that are true enthusiasts or “buffs.” One particular aspect of the hobby for an even smaller fraction is photography. More to it than just “clicking a button,” fundamentals include proper pose, bright sunlight, and accurate documentation.
KentuckyFireTrucks.com solely features the photography of Kent Parrish and Greg Stapleton. Kent and Greg have been photographing fire apparatus for over 50 combined years.
Kent Parrish is a lifelong resident of the Louisville area. He became a firefighter in 1992 with the Highview Fire District and is currently a Captain in the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Louisville Fire Department. A buff since childhood, Kent began seriously photographing rigs around 1999. His work regularly appears in national fire service publications and he has also published several illustrated history books on various fire apparatus manufacturers and genres.
Greg Stapleton became a firefighter with the Goodwill Fire Company 3 of Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1975. After relocating and graduating from Eastern Kentucky University’s Fire Science program, Greg was hired by the Lexington Fire Department in 1983, where he retired in 2013 as the Battalion Chief over Training. Greg has been faithfully photographing rigs since 1985 and is an authority on Mack fire apparatus.
For those not familiar with Kentucky, the state is predominantly rural. It is known worldwide for thoroughbred horses, bourbon, coal, and college basketball. Louisville Metro and Lexington are disproportionately the largest cities. The rest of the state ranges from the western coal fields through rolling pastures to the eastern mountains, with small towns dotting the landscape. This presents an interesting array of fire apparatus - from custom rigs, commercial units, locally-built trucks, to used classics.
KentuckyFireTrucks.com was created in late 2011 to not only share our photography, but to give back to the fire service and shine a light on the apparatus that protect our home state.