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May 4th, 2021 is International Firefighters day. Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

The Bowling Green Fire Department is a fully paid department that achieved international accreditation in 2008 and reaccreditation in 2014 and 2018 through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, also known as the Center for Public Safety Excellence. This accreditation gives us a rare achievement within the fire service in that only 3 fire departments in Kentucky and only 288 fire departments internationally have this distinction.

BGFD has a total of 141 employees working out of 6 stations and 1 administrative office building. The 7th station is currently under construction and will open in 2021. The department has the following divisions: administration, suppression, prevention/inspection and training.

BGFD Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect lives, property, and environment by providing a high level of professional fire and rescue services to the Bowling Green Community.

Supporting Values:

  • Service to the community – this is our purpose.
  • Professional Competence – we will train for improvement, proficiency and effectiveness on the job.
  • Teamwork – teamwork is essential to the effective delivery of our service. Each member’s contribution is important.
  • Our people are our most important resource. Develop this resource.
  • Integrity – we will treat our customers and co-workers with honesty and respect at all times.
  • Accountability – my competence, my attitude, my actions reflect on every member of the workforce.

Our responsibilities include a broad Scope of Services including:

  • Fire Prevention/Code Enforcement/Plan review
  • Fire Safety Education
  • Fire Suppression-Incident Mitigation-Loss Control
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Fire Cause Investigation/Arson Prosecution
  • Hazardous Material Incident Mitigation
  • Auto Accident Extrication/Heavy Rescue
  • Industrial Accident Rescue/Extrication
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Trench Rescue

International Firefighters’ Day is observed each year on 4th May. On this date you are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. At the same time, we can show our support and appreciation to the firefighters worldwide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.

BGFD is currently hiring. If you are interested in joining this winning team, please visit www.bgky.org/hr/jobs.