Louisville Fire Department

Louisville Fire & Rescue Uses the MetroSafe 800MHz system, see the MetroSafe page for frequency info.

LFD has 18 engine companies and ten truck companies, three of which are quints and one is a quad. In addition there are numerous auxiliary, command, service and specialty unit vehicles are included in the LFD's fleet.

The four battalion chiefs respond to incidents with their adjuncts in Ford Expeditions. The Assistant Chiefs of Operations, the bureau heads and the Chief of the Division also have department vehicles, (usually these are cars, not Expeditions). Of these, only the Chief of the Division has an aide assigned to him. The chief's aid is also the Public Information Officer, (PIO), and he uses a division car of his own when responding to incidents without the Chief. Chief's aids use the same car number as the officer they are assigned to but with a "W" after, example Car 1W ( Dep't chief's aid)

In addition to Engine 1's pumper, a Haz-Mat van (HM-1) is also manned 24 / 7 as part of the company. It contains an assortment of mitigation and isolation equipment, as well as computer and research materials, and it rolls with the pumper on every run. Also at Engine 1 is the CO2 Truck (Car 37). The CO2 Truck is basically a converted, flatbed Chevy Pickup carrying 2 rows of cascade style CO2 tanks connected through a series of valves and equipped with two nozzles on long hose reels. This rarely used piece of equipment makes it possible to extinguish fires in underground electrical vaults by flooding them with carbon dioxide.

Engine 5 is also assigned a Haz-Mat van (HM-5) similar to Engine 1's. Since Engine 5 is a secondary Haz-Mat company, HM-5 is only manned upon being dispatched to a hazardous materials incident. Most runs necessitate the engine only.

Similarly, Rescue 11, Engine 11's trench / structural collapse rescue unit, only leaves quarters on rescue incidents or during training. Engine 11 is usually a one-piece company. In recent months, Engine 11 and Truck 7's apparatus, rescue equipment and personnel have been greatly utilized in training Metro Louisville's new LMUSARS Team, (Louisville Metro Urban Search And Rescue).

Engine 12 is the city's newest Haz-Mat pumper. All of it's equipment is carried on the engine, so it is not assigned a Haz-Mat van. At Engine 12's quarters are kept two other special pieces of equipment, however. The Brush Truck (Car 540) is an old, army-style, off-road jeep. The Brush Truck is used for fires in undeveloped areas, (such as parts of Iroquois Park ), that regular fire apparatus cannot access. The Rehab Bus (Car 538) is also quartered at Engine 12. The Rehab Bus is a vehicle similar to a large ambulance, except that the patient compartment in the back is more open with seats all around. It carries a generator for powering heaters, coffee pots and a heavy-duty air-conditioner, and a mist fan. Car 538's purpose is to provide a place out of the elements for firefighters to rehabilitate in after large incidents. Ice, water and Gatorade are carried in the summer. Coffee, hot chocolate and instant soup are also carried in the winter.

The Divers and Water Rescue/Recovery Team of Engine 2 are responsible for the operation of Louisville 1, a fire boat that is moored at the Downtown Wharf. Two smaller rescue boats (Louisville 2 and 3) are kept at Engine 2's quarters on trailers attached to Division service trucks. Also assigned to Engine 2 is a van that contains the drysuits and SCUBA equipment used on dive rescues and searches.

The Louisville Metro Arson Unit is composed of deputized officers who have graduated from both the police academy and the Louisville Fire Department drill school. Their job is to investigate all suspicious fires and apprehend the perpetrators responsible for arsons.

You will hear the units dispatched over the radio as:


The Shively Fire Dept. operates on the Louisville Fire Department/Urban fire talkgroups on the MetroSafe radio system, they Identify as "Quint 25" and the "Chief 55".

The  department has three full time crews, which work twenty-four hour shifts. The staffing consists of a full-time chief, a Fire Inspector, three captains, six sergeants, and nine firefighters.

The fire and police departments today are housed at 1800 Park Road, which was dedicated in October of 1999. In the apparatus bay there is a 2001 Seagrave 75' Aerial Ladder truck which carries a 1500 gallon per minute pump and a 1995 KME Engine with a 1250 gallon per minute pump. Other vehicles in their fleet are a 2002 Crown Victoria, 2008 Ford Explorer and a 2007 F150 Ford utility vehicle. They also have on hand for parade use the very first fire truck Shively purchased, a 1938 Ahrens Fox.

As of 1994 all new firefighters are trained Emergency Medical Technicians. This medical training allows us to make Basic Life Support runs if Louisville Metro EMS is more than a few minutes away. We also have in place a mutual aid program with the Louisville Fire Department.

LFD/Shively FD Talkgroups


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