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The Bowling Green Fire Department is a fully paid department that achieved national accreditation in 2008 and re-accreditation in 2014 and 2018 through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, also known as the Center for Public Safety Excellence. This accreditation gives BGFD a rare achievement within the fire service in that only 3 fire departments in Kentucky and only 279 fire departments in the United States & Canada have this distinction.

Recently, BGFD has also achieved their highest Insurance Services Office Public Protection Classification rating as well. The recent rating was a Class 01/1X Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which is the highest rating BGFD has achieved in their history. ISO collects and evaluates four primary categories of fire suppression – the fire department, water supply, emergency communications and community risk reduction. This accomplishment has only been achieved by 3 Ac88 fire departments in the nation.


Most insurance companies use ISO’s PPC when calculating residential, commercial and industrial property premiums and an improved rating can lead to a reduction in insurance premiums. ISO analyzes data and assigns the PPC grade a number from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria. The new rating will become effective on September 1, 2020.


BGFD has a total of 138 employees working out of 6 stations and 1 administrative office building. A 7th station is currently under construction and should open in early 2021. The department has the following divisions: administration, suppression, prevention/inspection and training. BGFD invites you to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


In order to further improve services, various customer service surveys were created for citizens to fill out. Please visit https://www.bgky.org/fire/survey if you would like to provide feedback.