Fire Chief

The Richmond Fire Department has a long and proud history of providing quality service to the citizens of this community. Since the fire department's inception in January 1817, our department has built a reputation for innovation and progressive leadership in the fire service, a reputation that continues to be demonstrated by local and state recognition.

As we turn the corner in the 21st century, we will continue to mold and shape our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. We will continue to seek more effective and efficient means of delivering our services.

The successful launch of this website is just one example of the many things that this organization has accomplished as we continue to strive for excellence. I would like to say well done to all the personnel who have worked so diligently to make this community a safer place to visit and live.

Please enjoy your visit and feel free to contact us with your questions and comments.

Fire Chief,
Sam Kirby
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Phone: 859-623-1164

Fire Marshall's Office

The Fire Marshals Division is headed by the Fire Marshal and is responsible for enforcement of fire codes, and building inspections.

The Code Enforcement arm of the Fire Marshal's Division is responsible for inspecting the hundreds of buildings in Richmond to ensure that each structure complies with the fire codes that have been established on the federal, state, and local levels. Those inspectors systematically inspect - and if necessary, re-inspect - each of the buildings in Richmond to ensure that the buildings meet fire codes and that the public is safe when visiting the building. The inspectors are routinely called to fire scenes to issue citations for violations of fire code that on-scene firefighters might discover after responding to a fire.

For Questions regarding inspections or concerns please contact us at 859-623-1164 and ask to speak to one of our fire inspectors Brent Wilson bwilson@richmond.ky.us or Kevin Ball kball@richmond.ky.us

Training Division

Almost every year Richmond Fire Department accepts applications for new firefighter positions and hires new recruits. The Richmond Fire Department Training Division is responsible for overseeing the training of the new recruits. This 12-week comprehensive training curriculum converts inexperienced new recruits into fully qualified, professional firefighters. The recruit school curriculum includes not only emergency medical response and fire fighting tactics and strategies, but also such diverse subject matter as cultural diversity, chemistry, fire department history, hazardous materials, hydraulics, and computers.

The Training Division is responsible for the ongoing fire suppression training of Richmond Fire Departments more than 70 incumbent firefighters. All of the emergency responders in the Richmond Fire Department must be certified at the career level dictated by the Kentucky State Fire Commission. These certifications ensure that all Richmond Fire Department firefighters are sufficiently trained in fire-tactics and strategies, incident command, and fire scene safety. In total, the Richmond Fire Departments' incumbent Training Section conducts more than 16,000 contact training hours per year.

For Questions the Training Division contact Brian Richmond brichmond@richmond.ky.us

Fire Investigation Division

The primary purpose of the Fire Investigation Division is to determine fire origin and cause, whether accidental or incendiary, in order to lessen injuries and death to civilians and firefighters and to reduce property loss.

The Fire Investigation Division's responsibilities include the fire scene investigation and follow-up procedures to determine the nature of the incident. If the incident is determined to be arson, the division's goal is to arrest, prosecute, and convict the involved parties. The investigator will work with firefighter personnel, Richmond Police Department, Kentucky State Police, State Fire Marshals office, or other state or local agencies to complete a thorough investigation.

Fire Prevention and Public Information / Education Division

The Richmond Fire Department's Public Information and Education Division reach out to the community in various forums to educate the public with regard to fire safety and other safety issues. Presentations are made throughout the community on a variety of safety issues including home and workplace fire safety, disaster preparedness, and proper use of fire extinguishers. Learn more about our programs

  • Station Tour: Station tours are available Monday through Friday by appointment. Tours are approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. Contact us at 859-623-1164.
  • Public Safety Topics: Find information regarding smoke alarms, carbon monoxide, fire safety for the home, and other safety information
  • Events: Learn about upcoming events that provide fire safety, disaster preparedness, and other information
  • Safety Presentation Requests: The Richmond Fire Department offers a variety of safety presentations to the community at no cost. To inquire about a program contact Corey Lewis at 859-623-1164.
  • School Visits: Learn how school visits are an excellent way to teach students about fire safety education.
  • Car Seat Installations: Child passenger safety seat installations are available. We ask that you call 859-623-1164 to make an appointment to ensure our certified installers are available.


Corey Lewis, Public Information Officer
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