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 Joseph A. Hopwood
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sat, Oct 16th, 1920
Photo of Jacob Loeb
Captain
Jacob Loeb
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty-Related Illness
Sat, Jun 28th, 1919
Photo of Edward J. McCue
Pipeman
Edward J. McCue
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Burns
Thu, Nov 8th, 1917
Photo of Edward Rider
Pipeman
Edward Rider
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sun, Dec 5th, 1915
Photo of Charles T. Conley
Firefighter
Charles T. Conley
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Trauma (Accidental)
Sun, Jun 4th, 1911
Photo of Ben Dillon
Chief
Ben Dillon
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sun, Dec 26th, 1909
Photo of Harry Bundschu
Captain
Harry Bundschu
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Accident (Other)
Sun, Jul 19th, 1908
Photo of John Kraemer
Captain
John Kraemer
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Horse Drawn Vehicle (Response)
Wed, May 6th, 1908
Photo of Herman Gernhardt
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty-Related Illness
Sun, Jan 19th, 1908
Photo of Harry E. Brown
Firefighter
Harry E. Brown
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty-Related Illness
Fri, Nov 24th, 1905
Photo of George H. Callaway
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Trauma (Accidental)
Fri, Aug 4th, 1905
Photo of John D. Hughes
Engineer
John D. Hughes
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Mon, Dec 21st, 1903