Numerous local news outlets have covered an important story out of neighboring community, Liberty Township, regarding a proposal Delaware County prepared to takeover Liberty Township’s own emergency medical services.
- Columbus Dispatch: “Delaware County EMS consolidation proposal splits county, Liberty Township officials”
- Delaware Gazette: “County’s EMS proposal to Liberty Township stands”
- nbc4: “Firefighters could lose their jobs as Liberty Township considers cost-saving proposal”
The proposal has been vocally opposed by residents who fear being left with a reduced level of emergency services should the proposal be accepted. The Township’s Fire Department would remain; however, staff would no longer be cross-trained to provide paramedic services and a significant cut in staffing would impact their level of service, relying more heavily on neighboring communities for support.
How the situation is resolved in Liberty Township could have ramifications on Genoa Township. Therefore, elected officials and staff are monitoring the situation closely and have taken a few initial steps to protect the Genoa Township Fire Department from a similar predicament.
- Genoa Township Trustees recently reaffirmed their collective support for providing Township based, Township managed, and Township supported fire/EMS service by passing Resolution #18-1115001.
- Genoa Township Trustees have attended public meetings in Delaware County and Liberty Township to hear the discussion first-hand. Watch footage of the County Commissioners meetings online here.