Liberty Township trustees debate EMS changes

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (WCMH) — No decision was made Monday evening at the end of a heated meeting, heavily focused on the future of the Liberty Township Fire & EMS Department.

More than 200 people attended the township’s trustees meeting, which was a standing room only event.

The trustees are considering a proposal to consolidate the township’s fire department, by partnering with Delaware County’s Fire and EMS services.

If approved, township leaders and fire officials said the change could lead to 18 firefighters losing their jobs.

More than 30 Liberty Township residents spoke at the meeting, with not one of them voicing support for the plan.

“I’m tired of seeing them go through this fight, when our town passed a levy,” said Marie Follmer, referencing a 2017 levy that voters overwhelmingly approved to support the fire and EMS service. “They [firefighters] do great work. They’re professional. They’re respectful and they’re fantastic medics and firemen.”

Of the three trustees, just one said she opposed the proposal.

“It is very clear, especially with the 75 percent levy vote that we had in November 2017, residents don’t want this, so it keeps going, why do we keep pushing this ahead when it’s made loud and clear,” said Trustee Shyra Eichhorn.

Trustee Mike Gemperline said he is still weighing the proposals merits

“I have not made up my mind yet,” he said. “Delaware County, when they gave this proposal, they said it’s a draft. There’s much information that has to be identified. I’m not at a spot where I’m going to cut it off because there is part of people that don’t want us to even consider this. I’m not where I’m going to cut this off.”

The trustees have not openly stated when they will vote on this matter.

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