Have any questions about the upcoming Fire Levy? Below is a list of frequently asked questions.
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Why did the Greenwell Fire Station need to be built?
The old station located at 388 Greenwell was built as a volunteer station in 1956 to prevent the annexation of the eastern portion of the township to the City of Cincinnati. By providing service to the residents along the eastern district Delhi Volunteer Fire Department was able to establish a foothold that would ensure fire protection would remain a priority of Delhi citizens. This station was never designed to board fire personnel, and was remodeled in the 1980’s to accommodate overnight staffing. Up until 2016 this station offered just shy of 900 square feet of living space. Operations from this location have always been crucial as the majority of incidents and population covered are in this district. Over the years new apparatus were purchased and had to be built under specifications limiting their size to what would fit in that station. In 2013, when residents were informed on the priorities for the next 5 years, replacement of this station was amongst the top issues. On May 1, 2017 the new station located at 440 Greenwell was opened for operations. Construction of the station was funded through the Tax-Incremental Financial Fund (TIF) which is limited to funding capital improvements and purchases. The Fire Department spent less than $50K out of its operational funds on equipping the new station with furniture and appliances that couldn’t be repurposed from the old station. Today personnel respond from that station to over 2000 incidents a year.
What is Community Risk Reduction?
There are many services offered by the Delhi Township Fire Department that most people are unclear on, or only vaguely familiar with. Very little time is spent in the station waiting for calls. DTFD personnel have become more involved in proactively addressing risk in our community. They provide injury prevention and risk reduction by providing educational programs such as:
Stepping Up™: Elderly Fall Prevention
Safesitter®: Babysitter safety and first aid
Stop the Bleed™: Empowering bystanders to stop traumatic bleeding
ASHI CPR and AED: Empowering bystanders and providers to deliver lifesaving care and interventions
Emergency personnel has long been addressing acute events that involve immediate decisive action to reduce the extent of damage or injury. The community understands 911, but what they are only now are starting to realize is the role the fire department can play in providing access to services that have a positive impact on the community after the 911 call is over. The department has networked with an extensive collaboration of partners to assist residents with issues that pose a risk to themselves or family and represent a potential burden to emergency services. DTFD also provides consultation and coordination with other agencies to address:
Children and Elderly Advocacy against abuse and neglect
Public Health Advocacy to address Hoarding, Bed bugs, Sanitation, Mental Health, Addiction, Residential Fire Safety
Social Services Advocacy to Assisted Living Care, reduce Social Isolation, Hospice and Medicare referral as well as Veterans Assistance.
These services are currently being offered in addition to the programs we have always offered such as:
Fire Safety Education
Smoke Detector Installation
Car Seat Inspection
Blood Pressure Screening
Is there really a need for a new levy now?
Delhi Township Fire Department is struggling like the majority of fire departments to adequately staff for emergency operations as they deal with the limited availability of qualified part time firefighter/paramedics in the Greater Cincinnati area. This shortage of available part time staff coupled with the difficulty in retaining part time paramedics has forced the department to transition to more fulltime time staff. This transition has an impact on expenses due to the additional costs in salary and benefits. The fire department needs to staff an additional three fulltime paramedics in 2019 to meet the expectations of the community and meet the increased service demands. If this levy were put off another year the cost to taxpayers would be significantly more to just maintain services. This levy is designed to just meet budget projections for the next three years and keep stations and equipment sufficiently staffed to provide paramedic treatment and transport throughout the township. Failure of the levy would have a negative impact on services.
What will the levy cost me?
The 1.99 Mill levy request if approved on November 7th would cost an additional $70 per year for a $100, 000 home or $5.83 monthly.
Delhi Township Fire Department receives reimbursement for EMS details so why is a levy needed?
The fire department currently operates three paramedic equipped ambulances and bills patient insurance providers only for transportation. The fire department only receives about 60% of the requested reimbursement due to caps on insurance and regulated caps from Medicare and Medicaid. Delhi typically receives just shy of $600,000 annually from EMS reimbursement (10% of the total budget). Those funds can only be used to operate the EMS division of the fire department and cover EMS supplies and drugs as well as about $440,000 in paramedic salaries.
Does the fire department receive money from the General Fund?
No. The fire department operated independent of the township’s general fund and has operated on levied funds only since 2005. The fire department does pay shared services annually to the General Fund. This expense covers salaries and services that are not directly performed by the fire department but by other township departments. On average this expense is about $245,000.