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 Louis R. "Doc" Tomlinson
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty-Related Illness
Mon, Dec 2nd, 1895
Photo of Thomas B. Westbay
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exposure
Fri, Mar 22nd, 1895
Photo of Richard Musselman
Firefighter
Richard Musselman
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty-Related Illness
Wed, Feb 6th, 1895
Photo of Henry T. Wells
Firefighter
Henry T. Wells
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exposure
Mon, Jun 12th, 1893
Photo of Thomas Finley
Assistant Chief
Thomas Finley
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exposure
Fri, Jun 9th, 1893
Photo of Samuel H. Baker
Firefighter
Samuel H. Baker
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Thu, Dec 10th, 1891
Photo of William Davis
Firefighter
William Davis
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Thu, Dec 10th, 1891
Photo of Thomas Moore
Firefighter
Thomas Moore
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Thu, Dec 10th, 1891
Photo of Anthony Schlicht
Firefighter
Anthony Schlicht
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Thu, Dec 10th, 1891
Photo of Dennis McGrath
Firefighter
Dennis McGrath
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Fri, Jun 19th, 1891
Photo of Maurice O'Hern
Pipeman
Maurice O'Hern
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Accident (Other)
Sat, May 31st, 1890
Photo of Herbert Coke
Captain
Herbert Coke
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Trauma (Accidental)
Thu, Jan 30th, 1890