Shifting boundaries bring emergency response uncertainty


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If you get into a crash at a major Center Grove area intersection, who will come to help can depend on whether your car skids just a few feet.

Bargersville firefighters will be called if the crash happens on the west side or the southeast corner of the Whiteland Road and State Road 135 intersection, but the Greenwood Fire Department is responsible for the northeast corner.

Head to the next intersection east on Whiteland, and you’ll run into a similar but even more complicated situation. Greenwood firefighters take care of any accidents or calls on the northwest corner of Honey Creek and Whiteland roads, and Bargersville handles the southwest corner, but the Whiteland Volunteer Fire Department goes to any calls or crashes on the east side of that intersection.

A 911 caller has to report more specific information than an accident happened at Honey Creek and Whiteland roads because any of three departments could be responsible, since that one intersection falls under three different jurisdictions, Bargersville Fire Department Chief Jason Ramey said.

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