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CFR: Tornado Search and Rescue Response

By Chris Taylor, Chief
Campbellsville Fire-Rescue

On Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 1:05pmET, Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a possible tornado touchdown with multiple structures involved in several areas of Taylor County. While en-route to the scene, fire command verified a tornado was on ground and requested national weather service to issue a tornado warning.
  • Upon arrival to the Woodhill Subdivision and Red Fern Area fire crews found multiple damaged structures, downed trees and down power lines was down. A primary and secondary search and rescue operation was initiated. We found no injuries, no fatalities and no missing persons.

  • A natural gas leak was found at one residence and mitigated by fire crews. A piece of debris penetrated a natural gas meter on a residence with high levels of natural gas noted.

  • Fire crews also assisted with incident management and logistical needs until regional emergency management officials arrived on the scene.


Multiple other routine runs occurred, including fire alarms, EMS assist and motor vehicle accidents.
  • 28 Firefighters on scene from 1:13pmET to 5:30pmET
  • CFD Apparatus on scene: Rescue 1, Engine 2, Ranger 10, Squad 1 and Chief
  • TCFD Apparatus on scene: E60

Mutual Aid To Cover City
  • Greensburg Fire Department

Mutual Aid On Scene
  • Georgetown Fire Department
  • Taylor County Fire Department
  • Lebanon Fire Department
  • Adair County Emergency Management
  • Region 10 Emergency Management

Assisting Agencies:
  • Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center
  • Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Medical Services
  • Taylor County RECC
  • KU
  • ATMOS
  • Campbellsville Public Works
  • Taylor County Road Department


This story was posted on 2022-01-02 09:18:02
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Tornado damage in Taylor County New Year's Day



2022-01-02 - Taylor County, KY - Photo EMS from Larry Smith, Big Dawg Radio.
A possible tornado touched down just after 1pm Saturday with multiple structures involved in several areas of Taylor County. While en-route to the scene fire command verified a tornado was on ground and requested national weather service to issue a tornado warning.

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Taylor County EF-1 tornado had winds of 105-110mph



2022-01-03 - Taylor County, KY - Photo EMS from Larry Smith, Big Dawg Radio.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed four tornadoes so far from the January 1, 2022 storms - Campbellsville, Taylor County, was an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of 105-110 mph. The three others were in Bowling Green, Warren County, EF-0, 85 mph; Union City, Madison County, EF-1, 110 mph; Northwest of Glasgow, Barren County, EF-1, 95 mph.

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