London Fire Department

London Fire Department

911 Fire-Rescue Drive
London, KY 40741
Phone: 606.864.2922

Fire Department Officers

Carl Hacker

Carl Hacker

Fire Chief

Donnie Hale

Assistant Chief

Wilson Rawlings

Wilson Rawlings

Deputy Fire Chief

Richard Jackson


Brandon Wagers


Dylan Turner


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

Our History

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 [2004-2019]
• Carl Hacker [2019-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.

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