Leaders to discuss the future of the Ashley River Fire Department

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DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Dorchester County Council on Monday will discuss the future of the Ashley River Fire Department.

County Council is considering having the North Charleston Fire Department take over the station due to annexations and because North Charleston surrounds the area.

“It is completely encircled by the city of North Charleston,” Dorchester councilman Bill Hearn said. “So, the city of North Charleston is now in a perfect position to provide fire service in this area.”

However, Ashley River Fire Department Chief Scott Inabinet said there’s no reason to abolish the tax district.

The Ashley River Special Tax District was originally formed back in 1979 after people living in the area petitioned to have the fire department created. If the county decides to move forward with the abolishment, this could be the end of Chief Inabinet’s department.

Inabinet said he was never told about the idea, and that he found out about it on the council agenda.

“They didn’t approach us or talk about it,” he said. “It just showed up on the county council agenda. So, I have 29 people that are going to have to look for jobs between now and July 1st if this takes place.”

Dorchester County Council will vote on the issue at council chambers in Summerville. The relocation of that meeting is to give people living in that area the chance to voice their concerns.

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