Louisville Fire Department

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1135 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
(502) 574-3701
Chief Gregory Frederick

About

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.

Fallen Heroes

82 Heroes have given their lives in the line of duty during the history of the Louisville Fire Department.

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Photo of John Bancroft Martin
Firefighter
John Bancroft Martin
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty-Related Illness
Sat, Oct 12th, 2019
Photo of Timothy James Groft
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty-Related Illness
Sat, Sep 16th, 2017
Photo of John Strawn Nutter
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Wed, Aug 3rd, 1994
Photo of William M. Schelling
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Sun, Oct 25th, 1987
Photo of Larry Wayne Straughn
Firefighter
Larry Wayne Straughn
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Tue, Jan 31st, 1978
Photo of Donald Ray LeCompte
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fall (Accidental)
Fri, Jan 21st, 1972
Photo of Joseph K. Buren
Captain
Joseph K. Buren
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sat, Dec 17th, 1960
Photo of Riley R. Pryor
Firefighter
Riley R. Pryor
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sat, Dec 17th, 1960
Photo of Jesse "Red" Wilson Sr.
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sat, Dec 17th, 1960
Photo of Walter F. Wallace Jr.
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Sat, Oct 4th, 1952
Photo of George Henry Wolfe
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fall (Accidental)
Thu, May 6th, 1943
Photo of Arthur Butcher
Private
Arthur Butcher
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Natural Disaster
Thu, Mar 18th, 1937