In 1805, a fire consumed a large frame house as well as damaging a neighbor’s house. The next day generous townspeople contributed to a fund for his loss. One month later the Western American printed this statement:
"Citizens of Bardstown, awake from your lethargy! This is not the first time you have seen the property of your neighbor consumed without being able to give the necessary assistance. Not an engine or fire hook belongs to this place. This omission must be attributed solely to negligence. It is sincerely to be hoped that a Fire company will be formed without delay, as the surest means of protecting your property."
Thus began over 200 years of fire protection for the community of Bardstown, which is still going strong today. The city limits of Bardstown as well as a 240 square mile district that completely surrounds the city are protected by the City of Bardstown Fire Department and the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. These two departments have co-existed since the non-profit corporation formed in 1966 to provide better protection for the citizens living outside the city limits.
The departments share their manpower, stations and some equipment. The city department maintains combination staffing meaning there are full time firefighters working various shifts as well as volunteers that respond when the alarm sounds. The corporation department maintains all volunteer staffing that respond to assist their neighbors when the alarm sounds.
No matter where your emergency occurs you can be assured there will be professional, well trained firefighters responding to help you in your time of need.