The Shelbyville Fire Department – Brief History

Fire protection in Shelbyville began soon after the city was incorporated in the early 1850s. Strict ordinances regarding the care of stove pipes and smoking were prohibited in stables. Restrictions on candles and fireworks were adopted to prevent a conflagration. An ordinance was also passed requiring owners of tenements to provide one good leather bucket for each property. A Bucket Brigade provided the only means to extinguish fires when they occurred.

Today the Shelbyville Fire Department’s 58 members not only provide EMS and fire protection they also provide rescue services. The Shelby County Water Rescue Team, the Shelby County Dive Rescue Team, and the Confined Space Rescue Team are just some examples of the Fire Departments commitment to helping people in their time of need.



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