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Vote expected on voiding contract between SE Bullitt Fire Protection District and Fire Dept.

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BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Voiding the contract between the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District and the Fire Department: that's on the agenda for a vote during a Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District Board meeting tonight. 

If the contract is voided, then the board would advertise that it's taking bids for fire and rescue service. Right now, the Fire Protection District collects about $1 million in taxes each year and turns over the money to the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department for service.

Rob Orkies, the Zoneton Fire Chief says his department would be interested in making a bid.

"We Zoneton, the Fire Protection District, would absolutely keep our doors open and would entertain anything we could do to assist," said Orkies. "If it means growth for us, we'd be more than happy to do that, but we'd have to take a good look at it, and then our Board of Trustees would make that final decision."

Shepherdsville Fire Chief Layne Troutman says his department is also interested in bidding if everything goes as planned at tonight's meeting.

"We have 36 volunteers, 15 career and two part-time firefighters, so a total staff of 53 in fire suppression," he said. "We have five engine companies, two ladder companies and four command response units. We boarder Southeast on Hwy 61, Hwy 480 and I-65."

Troutman goes on to say, "We are the closest emergency service to the area beside themselves. With the City of Shepherdsville annexing south, it would only make sense for the two organizations to work hand-in-hand together to provide a better service to both communities with lower cost for both parties in the long run. This being if the City Council and the District Board was willing to work together for the betterment of the community."

Orkies says his Department would serve well, adding that, "We have certain things already in place. We have a live-in program, we have 24-hour staff...we've been in business in 1958 under Chapter 75 organization. We have a strong history of that, know how to operate under that."

The Protection District Board is also looking at taking legal action to take back what it says belongs to taxpayers, including fire stations, equipment and other property.

Fire Chief Julius Hatfield is under fire for making racist comments and for how he treated us at a public meeting. He's also under investigation for insurance fraud and other charges.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public at SE Bullitt's main firehouse.

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