Bill to merge township fire departments with IFD fails

INDIANAPOLIS - Lawmakers voted on Wednesday not to merge the Decatur, Pike and Wayne township fire departments with the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Opponents of the merger were outnumbered, but they won the round after the Senate committee voted down the bill 6 to 4.

That means IFD will not take over the three township fire departments for now.

Opponents of the bill testified that a merger would increase fire and ambulance response times.

Supporters said the merger would save money and protect jobs.

It is possible that the bill could be revived and get added to a separate piece of legislation in the remaining days , so HB 1229 is not dead yet.

The room at the Statehouse was so crowded that doors were blocked and people standing around were asked to sit down and clear the doors.

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