The Louisville Fire Department has an authorized strength of 500 personnel and currently serves a population of approximately 709,264.
The Louisville Fire Department is the third oldest all-paid staff fire department in the nation. The first fire brigades established in Louisville were in 1780, two years after the city's creation. The first firehouses in Louisville were volunteer fire departments scattered throughout the city, but on June 1, 1858 the city took control, and replaced the hand engines with five steam engines and volunteers with paid staff. There were initially three fire stations, 65 full-time firefighters, and 23 horses.
83 Heroes have given their lives in the line of duty during the history of the Louisville Fire Department.
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