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How safe are
residents in the city of Sylvania and Sylvania Township if they find themselves
in a life-threatening situation?
The head of the
township fire union says there's reason to worry. The township fire department serves
both the township and city, but ambulance service comes from outside the area,
and that's affecting response time.
contracts with private companies to handle emergency ambulance runs. Crews from
Toledo and Springfield Township are occasionally called in.
firefighters' union president Chris Nye says the arrangement is dangerous, and sometimes
causes a 20 minute delay in response time.
a disservice to our customers here in Sylvania Township and the city by
delaying response time," Nye said.
Chief Jeff Kowalski says the wait time is getting longer.
working with the township trustees to get our own ambulance service without
receiving more money from taxpayers," Kowalski said.
when it's a life-threatening emergency and when it's not," Nye added. "We
generally will use good judgment and err on the side of the customer."
Nye says the
union and trustees have developed what he calls a 'cost neutral' plan for the
service, but Sylvania Safety Director Kevin Aller isn't ready to support it.
"We have to
take a look at it," he said. "Is it better to run it as a government-run function
or better as a private function?"
Nye says the plan
would take three months to set up.