The Tri-Township Fire Protection District is a governmental entity that was created in 1987 by the Clark County Commissioners of Indiana to ensure that adequate funding was provided for fire protection and related services within this special taxing district. The District includes the geographic area of Silver Creek, Carr and Union Townships which includes the Town of Sellersburg, portions of the Town of Clarksville, and Memphis Indiana. Prior to September of 2019 the District provided fire protection contractually through a third party private company. In 2019 the District Board decided to form its own governmental fire department to provide services to the citizens of this District. Since September of 2019 the district operates its own paid, full time professional fire department. The department operates with staff working the traditional fire service schedule of 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty. In 2020 the department responded to over 2600 calls which included emergency and nonemergency responses to fires, motor vehicle crashes, rescues and emergency medical requests.
The Tri Township Fire and Rescue coverage and response area expands over 64 square miles. The agency is responsible for providing fire and related services to the 20,000 plus residents in the three townships of Silver Creek, Carr and Union which also includes the Town of Sellersburg, portions of the Town of Clarksville and Memphis.
The department and our staff are also responsible for protecting numerous critical infrastructures within this jurisdiction. Among these protected entities are approximately 10 miles of Interstate 65 (I-65 is a main link from southern states to the northern state for interstate transit), the L and I Railroad which has a continuous rail that runs freight though the area and leases the track to other railroads. The agency is also responsible for parts of Deam’s Lake State Park, which includes 194-acre lake that has 106 campsites, horse trail, hiking trails and a beach.
Clark County Regional Airport is also within the departments response area.This airport is the home to 131 based aircraft and is considered the 6th largest in the state of Indiana. The airport supports well over 53,000 operations (takeoffs and landings) annually and is the 4th busiest general aviation airport in the state of Indiana. Additionally, the organization is responsible for several water systems and one water way. Silver Creek, a tributary to the Ohio River, is the water way within the protected infrastructure. The water systems include; a sewage plant within the the Town of Sellersburg; Sellersburg Water, which provides water to the Town of Sellersburg; Silver Creek Water Company, which provide water to Carr Township, parts of the New Albany Township, and a small part of the Town of Sellersburg; and Rural Membership Water Company, which provides water for Memphis and Henryville Indiana.
The department is also responsible for protecting hundreds of private businesses such as medical facilities, restaurants, car lots and car dealers, AT&T regional transfer hub that controls the fiber and landline service, and several schools and one collage. The districts is the home to a public primary, elementary, middle and high school, along with two private schools (one Pre-12, and the other Pre-6) and Ivy Technical Collage. In addition, there are approximately eight churches and houses of worship in the area. It is important to point out the rapid growth and expansion that is taking place in the entire area.