About Us

Est. 1933

The Grayson Kentucky Fire Department was established as a volunteer department in 1933* and remained fully volunteer until 2018. The department now has 3 part-time day crew members that are at the fire department 7 days a week, 8am - 4pm. 

Although the GFD is believed to have been established in 1933, the accuracy of that date is unclear. This is due to a devastating suspicious fire in February 1979 that gutted city hall and destroyed vital city documents and records that accurately depict the organization of our department. It is difficult to imagine that our city was not served by an organized fire fighting force, until the mid-20th century, since most of our surrounding communities, such as the City if Olive Hill, had documented organized fire departments as early as 1880. The Cities of Ashland and Maysville had paid fire departments before 1900. If you have any information that would dispute the 1933 date, please call us at 606-474-5444 or email us at graysonfire@gmail.com.

If you have any old pictures of fire trucks and of any fire fighters from the Grayson Fire Department, could you please email them us. We would greatly appreciate it, Thanks!

30+ years

Though membership fluctuates from time to time, we currently have members that have been with the department for over 30 years.

90 sq miles

The department’s district covers approximately 90 square miles of suburban and rural areas surrounding the city limits of Grayson, as well as mutual aid with neighboring communities.

~40 members

The department currently has approximately 4 Chief Officers, 3 Captains, 3 Lieutenant, 5 Sergeants, and 25 Firefighters operating 5 apparatus out of one station located at 316 East 3rd Street, right beside the Grayson Police Station.

650 calls

Grayson FD responds to approximately 650 calls annually. Calls for assistance may be to extinguish a structure on fire, or can be as mild as helping rescue an animal caught in a storm drain. Some incidents are as heart wrenching as extricating a person from a motor vehicle at a fatality accident. We strive to provide consistent and effective services to the City of Grayson and to our Carter County Response Area.

Split ISO

The City of Grayson has a split ISO (Insurance Service Organization) Public Protection Classification rating (PPC) of 4/9. This rating has provided significant property insurance cost savings to home and business owners in and around Grayson. The split rating indicates that all properties inside the city limits and all areas outside the city, but within 5 miles of the fire station and have a fire hydrant within 1000 ft of the structure, receive a Class 4 rating. A Class 4 rating varies between different Insurance companies. It is up to each individual Insurance Company to determine the final rating for each residence insured. All other areas in the Grayson Fire Department response area receive a Class 9 rating. Class ratings fall in scale between 1 and 10, with a 10 being no recognized fire protection.


We’d like to thank all the people who have helped to support us financially. Though we are supported by the city of Grayson and financial gifts of local patrons, our biggest contributions come from the men and women who volunteer their time and expertise to serve the community and are willing to risk their life for their neighbor. We look forward to our service in the community in the future and we ask that you THINK SAFETY. If we meet in the coming year let it be at our Memory Days BBQ, Carter County Fair, Fire Prevention, and/or Christmas light show.

Always Ready

Grayson Fire Department has dedicated its years in service to quickly and effectively responding to local emergencies. We hope our services are never needed but we want to assure you we are equipped and trained to handle and alleviate any emergency. We are here to help, protect, and serve our community 24 hours a day.

Help Us

The Grayson Fire Department is looking for an 8×10 picture of each of the previous Fire Chiefs for the City of Grayson. We would prefer to have a picture of them in their fire department uniform if possible. The pictures are going to be put on display in the Fire Department. We are more than willing to take care of getting the picture copied and returning the original back to you. Thank you in advance for your help with project!

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