Suppression (Operations & Firefighting)

18th & Market FireThe Louisville Division of Fire’s Suppression Bureau is made up of women and men who risk their lives daily to keep the residents of our community protected. During a year the division will respond to tens of thousands of calls for assistance. In 2013 the Division responded to 31,886 incidents; 12,143 of them fire-related and 19,743 medical runs. So far this year the Division has responded to almost 28,000 fire and medical incidents.

There are currently four Districts or Battalions within our area of response in the City, each having a Battalion Chief that oversees operations within his/her district/battalion. Suppression bureau personnel staff 24 engine companies and 8 truck companies. All of the suppression companies have Firefighter/EMTs assigned to them. They respond to medical emergencies in support of the ambulance crews, often arriving prior to the ambulance. These members are well trained, highly skilled, and are provided with the latest medical equipment such as the automatic external defibrillator, which is used to resuscitate cardiac arrest victims.

The suppression bureau does not limit its services to emergency response. Each fire company in this bureau develops target hazard surveys and conducts water flow tests for critical buildings and facilities in their districts/battalions. Its members are deeply committed to working with the community in their respective neighborhoods. Community Involvement and Fire Prevention are concepts embraced by all suppression members. Mentoring children in the school system, working in food kitchens for the homeless, developing a relationship with critically ill patients in area hospitals and providing assistance on housing projects for the underprivileged are just a few of the projects to which members are committed.