Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A struggle between jurisdiction and proximity has officials at the St. Matthews fire department calling for change.
Certain areas fall within Louisville Metro but St. Matthews Fire Dept. could respond faster. St Matthews Fire Chief, William Seng, wants to form a partnership with the city of Louisville so St Matthews Fire can cross over into Louisville if they are closer to a given fire and vice versa. Seng says many of the eastern suburban fire districts are already in a partnership.
“Even though the mall is in my district, Lyndon is technically closer, they get dispatched on it first,” said Seng. “I am willing to do all those things for the urban services that I am closer to. I won't charge any money. I won't do anything. It’s a receprical agreement.”
The chief of public safety says the main reason Louisville Fire responds to all calls within its jurisdiction, even if another fire station may be closer, is because suburban fire stations are not consistently staffed.
Seng is calling for an agreement with the city before something tragic happens.