2013 Annual Report

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I am pleased to deliver the 2013 Annual Report, a summary of accomplishments the Louisville Division of Fire has achieved over the past twelve months. Compiled in this report is an overview of the efforts and performances delivered by the dedicated women and men who make up the Division of Fire. Diligently, members of Suppression, Prevention, Administration, Investigation, Automotive Service, Training, and Support Services have met the challenges head-on with resilience and adaptability.

The Division of Fire has provided professional and efficient services to the Louisville community for over 150 years and is a reflection of Mayor Fischer’s Citizens Bill of Rights to deliver prompt and effective services with courtesy and respect. Our mission is to educate the public in the prevention of fire hazards, stress the importance of preparedness in the event of an emergency, and a commitment to make Louisville a fire safe city.

While response to fires, fire alarms, and emergency medical runs have remained constant for the past several years, there is an increasing need for our department to be trained and equipped to respond to specialized types of incidents, including water rescues, rope rescues, structural collapse rescues, confined space rescues, and hazardous materials incidents. Those non-traditional services are provided within the department by cross-trained firefighters at little or no additional cost. The Louisville Division of Fire has focused on overall preparedness for natural and man-made disasters, while still fulfilling our mission in our routine duties.

In conclusion, I want to express my gratitude to Mayor Greg Fischer, The Louisville-Metro Council and the residents of Louisville for their support of the Louisville Division of Fire in our effort to deliver the highest level of services and ensure the safety of all people that live, work and visit our community.

Sincerely,

Gregory W. Frederick, Colonel

Chief, Louisville Division of Fire