When it became clear that the 1.9-mil levy for the Sylvania Township Fire Department would pass, Fire Chief Mike Ramm said his first thought was “I can breathe again.”
Although he hadn’t encountered or heard of any organized opposition to the levy, “you just can’t know, particularly during a pandemic.”
Typical campaigning, such as door to door contact, was curtailed.
He said the department’s need for additional funds were supported by a lot of people who worked on the campaign for issue 13 and a large part of the credit for the favorable vote also has to go to department personnel.
Chief Ramm said he is grateful for the community support and thinks it has been earned through the day-to-day professionalism of “the boots on the ground.”
His first task, he said, will be to go over budget figures and see about hiring new firefighter/paramedics. It won’t be simply adding to staffing, but he said it is likely the department will experience a number of retirements soon.
The staffing level will likely increase by two, he said and that should allow the department’s two patient transport units to be fully operational around the clock.
In addition to the current needs of the department, increased funding was necessary as the department was facing a deficit of about $1 million at the end of 2022.
“It has bought us a little economic security for the next couple of years,” he said, “but don’t look for us to go out spending it,” the chief said.
The goal will be to stretch the additional dollars as far as possible.
“I’ve gotten a lot of calls congratulating me,” he added, “but I’m just a cog in this machine and the congratulations go to everyone who worked on our campaign and everyone in the department.”
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Posted: November 5, 2020
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