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Voters decide fate of Providence Twp fire employees

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PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Fire officials in Providence Township are concerned that a levy to help fund the fire department may not pass this week. They say that could mean slower response times from them.

The department's renewal levy goes on the ballot every five years. It pays for the part-time staff at the Providence Township Fire Department, but Chief Jeremiah Floyd says he's concerned it won't pass.

"We're concerned because of the economy and everything," he said. "We're just asking for a renewal levy. It's not an increase of any sort."

The chief says the levy is necessary to keep 10 part-time employees and if it isn't renewed, the department could be left in the hands of volunteers by Wednesday.

"The volunteers are still going to pick up the slack, but this will lead to an increase in response times and the lack of coverage during the day, I think, is going to be a huge issue," he said.

So far this year, the department has made a total of 294 runs. Chief Floyd says their current response time is about a minute and a half, but that could increase to five minutes.

"Every vote counts and so does every second," he said. "It's more about the concerns of the residents, you know, knowing that they have part-time people in the station 24-7 and being able to respond as quickly as possible."

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