The JCFS is not a
distinct fire department per se but an umbrella organization coordinating
cooperation between the many disparate fire districts within the county that by
their proximity must work together efficiently. JCFS does not have a chief or
any type of hierarchy and has no binding executive or legislative authority
over its membership. Instead it comprises various committees and associations
that specialize in areas that affect the fire service in
Most of the
Several combined teams
exist to provide specialized service to all of
The Louisville Metro Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT) is made up of members from Louisville Fire & Rescue, the suburban fire districts as well as Louisville Metro EMS and the Louisville Metro Health Department. Metro HAZMAT is organized into three teams.
County Trench Rescue Team was started in the mid 1990's and is the oldest
special response team in
The Jefferson County Water Rescue Team is comprised of firefighters from several Suburban Fire Districts. Their mission is to provide for the rescue of victims who are unable of self rescue from water emergencies involving moving water, wide spread flooding, or searches in streams along rivers or even man made retention/detention basins. Surface ice rescues are another occasional hazard that the team is capable of responding to.
A chapter of
The 2003 merger
The core of JCFS
is made up of several associations representing different aspects of the fire
Firefighter's Association The Jefferson County Firefighters Association serves to advance the interests of the firefighting members of the various districts in matters that pertain to personnel.
Chief's Association The Jefferson County Fire Chiefs Association meets regularly to direct the other organizations in the completion of their respective missions. The Chiefs are the parent association and provide oversight to the Inspectors, Instructors, Firefighters Associations & Special Operations Teams.
The Jefferson County Fire Instructor's Association helps to pool
county-wide resources for training and continuing education. The JCFIA also
sponsors and conducts the large annual
Trustee's Association The Jefferson County Fire Trustees Association promotes inter-agency cooperation between the various boards of trustees of the districts for matters of constitutionality, legal affairs, and general guidance.
Fire Inspector's Association The Jefferson County Fire Inspector's Association promotes public fire safety education, fire inspectors training and education, and discusses solutions to fire inspections and uniform fire code applications that arise from new technologies.
Although not fire
protection districts organized under Chapter 75 of the KRS the City of
The primary purpose of JCFS is to coordinate help and cooperation between the fire districts in fire suppression activities. The member district of JCFS have, through the years, integrated their response plans with one another to the extent that the districts de facto operate as one on the fireground. Newly adopted dispatching protocols disregard traditional district boundaries and direct the response of the closest, most appropriate fire equipment to a call for help. It is not uncommon to see fire apparatus from two or more districts on the scene of a routine fire call. Interoperability between the JCFS districts and Louisville Division of Fire is informal and the two organizations do not participate in the unified chain of command when operating together.
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