Fire Protection and VFDs

vfd brown county volunteer fire department

Updated Feb 1, 2023

Jan 31, 2023. BCD. 11-year veteran of BCVFD named as chief; Volunteers, other resources needed, 40% of calls in 2022 lacked response by Corbin Parmer

A challenging issue regarding responsibilities – Town, County, Townships, Residents. The County Comprehensive and Financial Plans do not address the potential of funding a full-time staff for one (or more?) VFDs.

Our county population is projected to decrease but there has been growth in tourism-related establishments. The county has to routinely borrow money (3 million last time) to cover infrastructure and operating expenses. So far this year, an additional and projected $700K shortfall (courthouse additions) has been identified.
The county does not publish a capital improvement plan and budget and “surprise” needs for new infrastructure spending have been a predictable occurrence. Increases in health benefit costs have also been a recurring challenge.
By SARA CLIFFORD AND SUZANNAH COUCH | The Democrat Around 20 volunteer firefighters from three departments responded to the Carmel Corn Cottage on Sept. 16…
June 29, 2017.  Nashville Firefighters still seeking help, funding by  Two weeks after resuming medical first-responder service, Nashville’s fire chief announced that the all-volunteer station is in trouble again. The Brown County (Nashville) Volunteer Fire…
    • Last month, the Washington Township Advisory Board approved a 3-cent-per-$100 tax increase on township residents to help pay for equipment. It starts in 2018.

July 21, 2016. BCD.    Washington Township property owners are in the Brown County Fire Protection District, along with Van Buren and Jackson townships. The district costs them no extra…

    • Sometime this fall, the Washington Township trustee and advisory board plan to ask the Brown County Commissioners to let their township out of the fire district.

    • Washington Township would then be free to join the Nashville Town Council in forming a new fire protection territory.

    • Property owners in that territory would be charged a new fire tax, estimated at 8 to 10 cents per $100 of assessed property value, or $80 to $100 per year on a $100,000 property.

    • It would pay for the salaries of up to five firefighters at the Nashville station Mondays through Fridays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as station operating expenses. … They would be the first paid firefighters in Brown County.


July 13, 2016. BCD Q&A: Should Washington Township and funded by property taxpayers in those areas: establish a new fire protection territory? By Sara Clifford … Questions asked at the July 7 Nashville Town Council-Washington Township Advisory Board joint meeting about forming a new fire protection territory, funded by property taxpayers in those areas:

Feb 24, 2016. BCD. All-volunteer fire force: Still feasible? by Most of the county’s six volunteer fire departments have a list of items they need to acquire during the next few years. On nearly everyone’s…

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