Franklin Twp. Firefighters: Call times will double if voters don’t approve fire levy

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, OH (WCMH) — Is the fourth time a charm in Franklin Township? The Franklin Township Fire Department said call times will double if voters don’t approve a fire levy this fall. It said anyone who lives on the west side of Columbus would be impacted.

The levy has failed three times in a row. Lifetime resident Robyn Watkins is worried what could happen to her sick mom if it doesn’t pass this time.

“She has the call button that you push if she falls. Well, what does that do? It goes to 911, so she could lay on the floor for an hour if this levy doesn’t pass,” said Watkins.

Right now the fire department said call times are three to four minutes for most residents.

Assistant Fire Chief Chas Adams said times will jump to eight to ten minutes if it’s forced to shut down one of its stations and let more than a dozen firefighters go.

“It drastically increases the chances of them dying from heart attacks. Their houses burning down to the ground,” said Adams.

The Fire Department said it’s running out of options and money. It said it needs voters to say yes or cuts happen next year.

“You pay for car insurance, you pay for homeowners insurance and you hope you never need it. It’s the same thing with the Fire Department,” said Adams.

To pass the five year levy, most residents would pay $100 to $200 per year.

Watkins said she hopes her neighbors invest in the city’s future and understand the consequences if they don’t.

“You know somebody’s coming but in our case somebody’s coming…but when is the question?”

NBC4 reached out to the Columbus Fire Department. It wouldn’t make a statement, but said no matter what happens residents in Columbus will get the same service.

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