FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. (WAVE) - A new year is bringing improved fire service to Floyd County.
“There is somebody at this fire house on US-150, seven days a week and 24 hours a day,” said Sergeant Ryan Houchen of the Lafayette Township Fire Protection District.
Greenville Township’s Fire Board brought on Lafayette Township Fire Protection District to help with calls.
“It means we can respond faster to any emergencies we are called to,” Houchen said.
Houchen said that up until this point, the station along US-150 was only staffed with volunteer firefighters. There was no one staffed in the building around the clock.
While Houchen said those volunteers did a good job, the new partnership is adding more resources to better serve the community.
“That means to the public that someone will respond, and you don’t have to worry that it’s going to take extra time,” Houchen said.
The partnership began on the first of the year. Before this new agreement began, six active volunteer firefighters ran the station.
Now, nine full-time firefighters staff the station. Those nine are newly hired, and many of the volunteer firefighters decided to stay on.
Houchen said some equipment will be replaced or upgraded.
“You’ll probably see some different trucks in the future. Due to budget constraints, they won’t be brand new, but they will be newer,” Houchen said.
This new partnership is contracted for one year after that Greenville Township’s Fire Board will decide on continuing the partnership.