Mission Statement

The purpose of the Wilmore Fire Department is to serve our citizens and visitors, any time or place through excellence in preparation, response, mitigation , and restoration .”


In the early years, fires brought destruction and setbacks. On March 18, 1909, Asbury College’s buildings on Main Street were destroyed, resulting in the College moving to its current location. On February 25, 1911, fire swept through the main business district, destroying most businesses. Asbury College experienced another major fire in 1924. Citizens relied on bucket brigades for firefighting but without success. After the 1924 fire, the City purchased a fire truck and organized the Wilmore Fire Department.

Today the department is made up of several members and innovative firefighting equipment.

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Fire Contacts

Jimmy Powers


859-295-8274 Email

Mike Ledford

Assistant Fire Chief

859-295-8274 Email

Josh Day

Fire Captain

859-295-8274 Email

Fire FAQ

How can I get a copy of my fire department incident report?

Requests for a copy of the report following a response are available to parties involved with the incident. Requests can be made by contacting the Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief.

Does the fire department install car seats?

The Wilmore Fire Department does not currently install or inspect car seats. Please contact the Nicholasville Fire Department for assistance.

How do I obtain a burn permit?

Although a physical permit is not issued, before burning in Jessamine County, citizens are required to call Jessamine Central Dispatch at 859-887-5447 and provide notice of intent to burn. Residents may only burn natural vegetation and permission to burn will not be granted during any state or local issued burn ban.

Where should I install my smoke detectors?

You should install smoke alarms in every bedroom. There should also be alarms outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Why does the fire department respond to medical emergencies?

Many members within the Wilmore Fire Department are also certified as Emergency Medical Responders, EMTs or Paramedics. The department is requested for assistance by Jessamine County EMS to provide a faster response during a time their response may be slowed or delayed. The department is automatically dispatched for all critical level medical emergencies within the department’s jurisdiction.

What is a Knox Box?

Fire departments across the country use the Knox System to prevent costly forced entry damage while protecting lives and property. Firefighters use a unique high security Knox Master Key to open KNOX-BOX devices in their jurisdiction. With one Knox Master Key buildings are immediately accessible. Visit for more information or to order one for your building.

What is the Special Hazards Team?

This is a group of department members who are certified in various technical rescue disciplines such as rope rescue, swift water rescue, confined space rescue, HAZMAT, and more. These members are the departments most skilled and seasoned firefighters and require regular training to maintain these skills in addition to their regular firefighter training.

What is the Junior Firefighter Program?

In keeping with the structure of the volunteer fire service, our youth program recruits the younger generation and uses their time and effort in exchange for training and structure. The program focuses on learning about emergency operational methods and techniques as they pertain to firefighting, fire prevention, and emergency medical services, and how the process of mastering these skills makes for a well-rounded adult. Teenagers from the ages of 14 and 17 may participate in basic classroom and hands-on firefighter training. Please contact Asst Chief Ledford at for additional information.


Phone: 859-858-4411

Phone: 859-858-4412

Fax: 859-858-3595


City Hall 210 S. Lexington Ave.

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