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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."