Louisville Fire Department - 150th Anniversary
The Louisville Fire Department provides fire protection, prevention and environmental protection throughout Metro Louisville. 2008 marks the department's 150th year of service to the community.
On the evening of May 27, 1858, the General Council organized the Steam Engine Fire Department of Louisville, to be effective June 1, 1858. The Division of Fire consisted of three fire stations. Louisville's First Fire Chief (Shelby Johnson) with the aid of 65 men, 23 horses and 5 steam engines, provided fire protection for the 70,000 inhabitants of the city.
Today, the Louisville Fire Department responds to over 50,000 incidents a year and employs over 500 men and women.
To learn more, consider a visit to The Fire History & Learning Center.
Get your fire prevention and safety tips here.
- Program 226
- Memories of Louisville's Fontaine Ferry Park, the WHAS Crusade for Children, and sequicentennial celebrations for the Louisville Fire Department and the Ursuline Sisters. Plus, author Steve Wiser's predictions for Louisville in 2035. (#226)