The Highview Fire District serves a population of 24,000 within a 14 square mile portion of southern Jefferson County, KY. We are one of 18 individual fire districts that protect the unincorporated area surrounding the city of Louisville. Highview is primarily residential with a light commercial and industrial base. We are a combination career/volunteer department that operates from 3 stations.
The district has an ISO Class 3 rating and maintains a modern fleet of 17 vehicles. The department is led into action by Chief Dave Goldsmith, who oversees a suppression force of 13 full-time and 41 volunteer firefighters. The career personnel work in three platoons and are available 24 hours a day. Volunteers are available at all hours. The district also employs a full-time administrative assistant and a part-time bookkeeper for administrative purposes.
In addition to fire & rescue functions, Highview personnel are trained in hazardous materials, operations and technician levels, and we lend members to the Jefferson County Trench, Louisville Metro Urban Search and Rescue Team, and Swift Water Rescue Teams. As many of our firefighters are also nationally registered Emergency Medical Technicians, the department provides Basic Life Support assistance to Louisville Metro EMS on an as needed basis. The department is very active in the community, providing fire inspection functions and fire prevention programs.
The Highview Fire District is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees. Three of these positions are appointed by the Mayor, two are elected property owners, and two are firefighter representatives. Our operations budget is funded by a tax base. The current tax rate is 10 cents per $100 of assessed real property value.
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