A little history….
In the mid 1940’s the City of Pikeville suffered a disastrous building fire in downtown. This fire came at a huge financial loss to the community. In early 1946, the City of Pikeville council and the community came together to begin forming the department. On March 15, 1946, the City of Pikeville Volunteer Fire department was officially organized. The department was founded as, and remains to this day, an all-volunteer organization staffed by local community members.
Additional grant funding has allowed the department to expand the department’s long-term history of fire prevention and education. The department always strives to educate our community children and citizens in fire safety.
In addition to firefighting capability, the department also has the ability to provide basic emergency medical care including cardiac arrest defibrillation. The department maintains several medical personnel, including licensed Paramedics, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, and Emergency Medical Responder.
In the Pikeville Fire Department’s 64-year history, it has only had eight fire chiefs to date. The department’s first fire chief was Sam H. Brown, followed by John T. Therrell, Alfred Holland, Bill Stephens, Charles Walling, William Holland, George E. Young, and currently Paul H. Swafford.
As of January 2023, our department is blessed with 24 personnel who have varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.
The department’s membership meets every 1st and 3rd Monday night of the month at 7:00 PM central time. Our door is always open and we welcome anyone to stop by and apply.
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.
Residents and business owners in areas serviced by The City of Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department, can participate in the Knox Box Key Safe Program.