Zoneton Fire Protection District

Zoneton Fire Protection DistrictEstablished in 1959 known prior as the Zoneton Improvement Club. A [ Chapter 75 Fire District] with convert|59|sqmi|km2 in Northern Bullitt County, Kentucky. Serves the cities of Hillview, Brooks, Pioneer Village, Fox Chase, Hebron Estates, Shepherdsville and unincorporated areas such as Zoneton.

The Early Years

From 1956 to 1959 the Zoneton Improvement Club was a private organization ran by many of the community members. Its goal was to provide needed services to the Zoneton community. A slop truck from local Farmer Bernie Bischoff was used as the first Fire Apparatus to shuttle water in the event of a fire. Other key members of the Improvement Club were Raymond McGruder, J.R. Ball. To be a member of the club you had to go through a probation period, be voted on by the board and then pay a fee.

Becoming a Fire Department

In 1959 the Improvement Club had the people and resources to become a fire district and formed the Zoneton Volunteer Fire Department. Fish fries, raffles, and other fundraisers were used to fund the department in the early days before they became a taxing district in the 1960s.


Taxes came into play in the 1960s, but still were not enough to provide adequate services to the small community of fewer than 5,000 people. Fundraisers were still needed until the late 1970s when the population boomed. The county's population nearly doubled between 1970 and 1980 along with the Zoneton community.

The 1980s

The 1980s were good to Zoneton; they provided much growth for the county and district, which also provided a bigger budget. In 1983 a new Station 2 was built next to the existing one at 163 Overlook Acres in Brooks. In 83 they also added a Ford Custom Firecat Engine.

The 90's

The 90's brought even more growth to the area and spurred the district to relocate it's Station 1 in 1995 from the Zoneton Road location with 2 1/2 bays to a new $1 million 10 bay firehouse complete with a training room and offices. The new construction didn't come a moment to soon, just 6 months after entering the new station a confirmed F4 tornado ripped through the northern part of Bullitt County sending everyone to despair. The new firehouse was used as a central location for unified command, food closets, shelter, and housing for the firefighters. In 1996 two additional units were purchased, a 1996 Pierce Saber Engine and a 1996 Pierce Saber 65' Telesquirt. And in 1999 a Pierce Dash Rescue Pumper was purchased.

The Present

In 2002 the district hired its first paid Fire Chief and in August of that year 5 firefighters were hired to supplement volunteers during the workweek. In 2003, Fire Chief Al Yancy resigned and former volunteer Fire Chief Robert L. Orkies was hired to direct the department. Later that year a paid Fire Marshall was added to benefit the community in fire prevention, investigation, and inspections. In 2004 Station 2 became home to Live-Ins or volunteers that live at the firehouse and dedicate 40 hours of service to the department each week as a payment to the department and community. In 2005 Zoneton took delivery of an HME Rescue Engine and an HME 109' Quint. In 2006 a Family Safety Trailer was added to the fire prevention team with tours happening weekly at schools and churches across the district. In October 2006 the $1.1 million expansion was completed to Station 1 adding much needed apparatus space and storage along with new offices and dormitories for paid crews and live-ins. To top off the addition was a new 50'x50' state of the art training room to make room for the growth of our department. Effective January 1, 2007 3 new career firefighters will join the team adding coverage and response to the community

The current boundaries of Zoneton Fire Protection District dates to the 1957 Fire boundaries with exception to KY HWY 1020 which is currently involved in a lawsuit with the City of Shepherdsville.

At 08:46 EST on January 16, 2007 a CSX Transportation train pulling 80 trains from Birmingham, AL to Louisville, KY derailed causing a fireball to explode over convert|1000|ft|m into the sky. The cars were carrying several hazardous materials that resulted in an evacuation of the immediate area. The derailment was determined to be the largest in Kentucky's history

Fire Chiefs

*Coming Soon
*Robert Orkies Volunteer Chief
*Al Yancy 1st Career Chief
*Robert Orkies Career Chief

External links

* [ Zoneton Fire District]
* [ Bullitt County]

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