Firefighters Facing Budget Cuts After...

Firefighters Facing Budget Cuts After Delaware County Levies Fail

There are 6 comments on the WBNS story from Nov 7, 2012, titled Firefighters Facing Budget Cuts After Delaware County Levies Fail. In it, WBNS reports that:

Ultimately 50.3 percent of voters in Liberty Township and the City of Powell said no to the replacement 5-year, 6.6 mill levy and increase.

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Westerville, OH

#1 Nov 11, 2012
i am appalled that this levy failed..we need our firefighters and paramedics...
shame on the voters who voted this down,,,i know tax increase is an issue but so is saving lives and being there during fire/storms and especially health and fire emergencies do not happen in a convenient place or time,,,they happen whenever and where ever,,
i can only hope and pray this passes in february 2013 and no tragedy strikes the liberty township powell area in the interim

Delaware, OH

#2 Nov 11, 2012
Those folks were not thinking. The Orange Twp. branch on Old State IS closing. The residents multimillion dollar houses are in great jeopardy, not to mention their lives. Good thinking folks.

Portsmouth, OH

#3 Nov 12, 2012
Nice job on the Liberty Township/Powell folks that shot down the levy. Way to think that one through. Hope you all brush up on your CPR and have a good fire extinguisher.
When every second counts, your firefighters may be a few more minutes away.
Charge For EMS Runs


#4 Nov 17, 2012
It is time to start charging for excessive EMS runs. 50 runs to the same residence?? No wonder a user wants everyone else to pay. Limit the number of runs to five in any 1 year period and charge the parties at the Delaware County reimbursement rate for any runs above that number.
Rule of 80 20

West Portsmouth, OH

#5 Nov 17, 2012
The fire dept, or rather ems, follows the same rule of 80/20 that occurs in every profession 80% of the calls are made by 20% of the people...but 100% of us have to pay. I've called once in 15 years. Sounds like someone needs a home healthcare worker more than the ems squad. I don't wish anyone ill, but averaging about one call per week sounds like they need more help at home.
Idle Time EMS


#6 Nov 18, 2012
Having time for 50 runs to one residence seems to indicate there was plenty of Liberty EMS time on hand to provide custom service for a situation which as you say appears should have been handled by home health care, etc.

These kind of runs also serve to distort the statistics on run numbers and make the EMS Department appear busier. to justify the number of personnel, budget increases, etc.

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