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In 2003, the city of Louisville and Jefferson County governments merged.  Most services consolidated, with the exception of fire protection. Today, 13 remaining fire departments collectively protect 398 square miles and over 770,000 people. 

"Suburban Fire" or the Jefferson County Fire Service consists of 11 individual fire protection districts that are responsible for protecting 333 square miles and over 500,000 people.  Collectively, there are 37 active fire stations.  Over 650 career and part-time personnel staff 21 engines, 2 quads, 9  quints, 3 truck companies, and 27 med units, plus a number of special units.  Additional units are staffed by volunteer firefighters.          

In addition to the Louisville Division of Fire and the suburban fire districts, the city of Shively maintains its own municipal fire department within Jefferson County.  There are also a number of airport, military, and industrial agencies and brigades, as well as several former fire departments that have disbanded, merged, or consolidated.