Shelby County Fire & Rescue, under the command of Chief Bobby Cowherd, is responsible for the protection of all properties and people living in or traveling through the Shelby County Suburban Fire District.The Department has over 60 volunteer members and five stations.
Although all the firefighters with Shelby County Fire & Rescue are volunteers, they are trained to the highest state and national standards. Firefighters must complete 150 hours of basic firefighting skills to become a Kentucky Certified Firefighter, however many members have far exceeded mandated training requirements. Many train over and above the required areas to specialize in particular areas of service. Our firefighters have gained expertise in various fields including: advanced firefighting skills, specialized rescue services for farm and motor vehicles, industrial and hazardous accidents, rope rescue, confined space rescue, medical assistance, trench rescue, and water rescue.
Our volunteers have many occupations. We have members who are executives, police officers, nurses, business owners, landscapers, factory workers and many more. Our members do not have to be a certain type of person; they just have to want to serve others.
Training sessions are held on Thursday mornings, Thursday evenings, the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and special sessions on Saturdays to provide training regardless of a member’s work schedule. The department has over ten in-house training officers and has access to many other agencies for training. After becoming certified, a firefighter must maintain training hours yearly to remain certified
Shelby County Fire cares about your child. We have a Certified Child Safety Seat Technician on staff to help you ensure the safety of your child. Our technician can assess your seat for age- and size-appropriateness, proper installation and use, recalls and visible damage. This service is free of charge.
Junior firefighter programs give our nation’s youth the chance to learn about local fire, rescue, and emergency medical services response organizations in a safe, controlled, educational, and fun way and provides them with valuable life skills such as teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and commitment.