Madison Township abolishes fire department after emotional community meeting

During a heated meeting Tuesday, the Madison Township trustees adopted a resolution that abolishes the fire department.


LICKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH)- During a heated meeting Tuesday, the Madison Township of Licking County trustees adopted a resolution that abolishes the fire department.

According to a report presented by the trustees, the township is not efficient enough or financially capable of keeping the fire department open.

Madison Township administrator Mark Van Buren said he compared the runtimes of the of the two fire departments and Madison couldn’t perform. “I don’t want anyone out there to be scared that no one is going to show up or their insurance rates are going to go (up) we don’t need any those types of scare tactics,” said Van Buren.

IMG_2461But many citizens said it’s more than details and numbers in a report. “Many labels have been put on this, an efficiency study an investigation things of that nature. But there was a movement by the trustees to either dispense with some of the leadership on the department, or just dispense with the department altogether,” said Madison Township Fire Captain Nick Garver.

Now the township will enter a 1-year contract with the Hanover Township fire department.

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