LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In a merger that has been talked about for years, two suburban fire departments in the Metro are now combining into one. On July 11, Mayor Greg Fischer made it official announcing the Dixie Suburban Fire Protection District will merge with Lake Dreamland Fire Department.
Dixie Suburban's all volunteer department will come under the umbrella of Lake Dreamland, creating more than 40 firefighters. Dixie Suburban will become Lake Dreamland's third station.
"This is something we've been working on for an awful long time," said Major Tim Robins of Lake Dreamland's third station. "It's a sad day for the loss of Dixie Suburban, but it's a great day for the community."
Lake Dreamland Chief John Wilkinson, Jr. says the merger will create faster response time.
"Combining man power equipment we were able to get rid if any duplication of services," said Wilkinson. "It's a money saving thing for both."
Wilkinson will serve as the chief of the merged department, which will cover the 17.5 square miles of the Lake Dreamland district and 1.5 miles of the former Dixie Suburban district. The fire station off of Dixie Highway will still remain a volunteer department. While Robins will no longer be chief, he will serve as a major and oversee the Dixie Highway station.
Both fire departments are in the heart of Louisville's chemical industrial area.