Hot topic: Fire department copes with shrinking area, revenue



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Bargersville's fire district has shrunk following Greenwoods annexation of about one square mile on the east side of SR 135 between Stones Crossing and Whiteland Roads. Photo by Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Bargersville's fire district has shrunk following Greenwoods annexation of about one square mile on the east side of SR 135 between Stones Crossing and Whiteland Roads. Photo by Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


One of the largest Johnson County fire departments no longer handles calls in part of the Center Grove area, which has led to occasional confusion over which department is responsible and a loss of tax revenue.

The Bargersville Fire Protection District is 62 square miles, about two square miles less than what it was before a Greenwood annexation, Bargersville Fire Chief Jason Ramey said.

Greenwood grabbed the northeast corner of the district through an annexation, and its fire department now is responsible for responding to fires, traffic accidents and other emergency calls in that area. Bargersville firefighters had served that area since 1954.

The Bargersville district no longer handles calls on the east side of State Road 135 between Stones Crossing and Whiteland roads but still does on the west side of the highway, and that arrangement can lead to occasional confusion about which department has jurisdiction, Ramey said. The fire district also had to buy new land and build its newest fire station farther south on State Road 135 so it wouldn’t be right across the street from an area that Greenwood firefighters handle.

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