On the evening of May 27, 1858, the General Council organized the Steam Engine Fire Department of Louisville, to be effective June 1, 1858. The Division of Fire consisted of three fire stations. Louisville's First Fire Chief (A.Y. Johnson) with the aid of 65 men, 23 horses and 5 steam engines, provided fire protection for the 70,000 inhabitants of the city.
The Louisville Fire Department responds to over 50,000 incidents a year and employs over 500 highly trained men and women. During an average year the department responds to a variety of calls for assistance, including medical emergencies. Besides fire engine and fire truck units, the department has specialized teams for Hazardous Materials, Water Rescues, High Angle, Trench, Confined space and Collapse rescues.
The Louisville Fire Department is not bound to the traditional roles of fire service organizations. We serve the community in many other ways than just traditional fire fighting based on the locations of our facilities and the talents and interests of our team members. For example, we have hosted a variety of events from the Great Louisville Fire Drill, to Mayor’s Firehouse Chats, to partnering with schools and youth groups to provide mentors and tutors.
The Louisville Fire Department is located in your neighborhood. Stop by and see what we can do for you!