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Fire Department
Fire Department Fire Department
911 Fire-Rescue Drive
London, KY 40741
Tele: 606.864.2922

 The City of London Fire Department began its story in August of 1922 at a City of London City Council Meeting. The need arose after numerous fires in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries destroyed many properties in London. The first department had 11 members and a Ford truck with a 35-gallon chemical tank that was delivered in June 1927. Through almost of all of the Fire Department’s history, the Fire Stations have primarily resided on Broad Street until the current “Station One” on Dixie Street at the old location of the First Presbyterian Church. The new station was completed in 2004 and is a state of the art facility.

The City of London Fire Department has had only 8 Chiefs in its over 80-year history. They are as follows:

• Russell Dyche [1922-1941]
• Harold DeMarcus [1941-1945]
• A.W. (Gus) Rawlings [1945-1950]
• Vince Parman [1950-1953]
• Gilmore Phelps [1953-1989]
• Wilson Rawlings [1989-1994]
• Ernest Clark [1994-2004]
• Larry VanHook [2004-Present]

The Chiefs have always tried to provide the best services to our community with undying dedication. Larry VanHook continues that philosophy of striving to be the very best we can be. Our first Chief, Russell Dyche, was honored by being inducted into the Kentucky Firefighters Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

Thirty-five members are currently on the fire department responding to an average of 250 calls a year.

Fire Department Officers

 

Larry VanHook
Fire Chief
911 Fire-Rescue Drive
London, KY 40741
Tele: 606.864.2922
Email: chieflarryvanhook@alltel.net

 

Wilson Rawlings
Deputy Fire Chief
911 Fire-Rescue Drive
London, KY 40741
Tele: 606.864.2922
Email: wilsonrawlings@alltel.net

 

Carl Hacker
Assistant Fire Chief
911 Fire-Rescue Drive
London, KY 40741
Tele: 606.864.2922
Email: chacker@alltel.net

  Tony Brown
Captain
911 Fire-Rescue Drive
London, KY 40741
Tele: 606.864.2922
Email: capttonybrown@alltel.net

Curtis Goss
Lieutenant
911 Fire-Rescue Drive
London, KY 40741
Tele: 606.864.2922
Email: cgoss@windstream.net

Mike Holt
Lieutenant
911 Fire-Rescue Drive
London, KY 40741
Tele: 606.864.2922

Our Fleet
Our fleet of trucks has changed over the years with new technologies. Our most recent purchase is a 2005 E-One 114’ Bronto Skylift. The truck replaced a 1969 85’ Sutphen Aerial Truck. The following is a complete list of the trucks in our fleet:

 • 2005 E-One 114’ Bronto Skylift
• 1987 Sutphen Pumper
• 1997 E-One Tanker Pumper
• 2000 E-One Pumper
• 1952 Mack Pumper

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