On May 6, the residents of Randolph will be asked to support a levy that funds the Emergency Medical Service within our township. This levy was originally passed in 1990 as a 1 mil levy that has generated approximately $100,000 dollars each year. Over the past 24 years township residents have renewed this levy and it has never been increased. As the years have passed, the money generated has been stretched to the limit. Strict budgeting, close attention to operational costs, and grant money have allowed the fire department to continually provide the best service possible without asking the tax payers for more money. However, after almost two and a half decades, the current levy is no longer able to support the needs of our service. In addition to renewing our current EMS levy, the department is asking for a 1 mil additional levy in order to maintain our service.
The standard of care and the public expectation of our EMS have evolved tremendously since the service began in 1976. Initially, care was provided by EMT’s in a van that was custom built by the members. The basic equipment required at the time was able to be purchased through public donations. As time has passed, paramedic level service has become the standard level of care and the equipment carried has become highly technical. Today, a heart attack can be diagnosed in a resident’s living room, the EKG is sent to the ER from the home and the patient can be taken directly to the cardiac catheter lab. This technology and service has made a huge impact on patient recovery and the ability to return to a normal lifestyle. This is just one example of the type of service that our EMS is capable of today.
Over time, the requests for the Randolph Fire Department’s service have increased. The initial levy was passed in 1990 in order to sustain the EMS needs at that time. In 1990, the Randolph Fire Department responded to 325 calls for help. Last year the department responded on more than 600 calls for help. Approximately 80% of those calls require EMS. This includes medical emergencies, trauma, and vehicle crashes. With the size of the baby boomer generation and the current attention given to proper health care, the department is anticipating the requests for EMS to only increase in the future.
Each EMS call requires about two hours of time to complete, and the overwhelming majority of our EMS calls occur between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. This call volume and the availability of volunteers during the day have necessitated the department to staff our fire station with two paid EMS personnel between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm 365 days a year. This provides Randolph residents with at least one ALS and one BLS responder that immediately respond from the station on an EMS call. Available volunteers also respond directly to the scene from home when they are able and assist the duty crew. Patients are then transported to their hospital of choice in Ravenna, Alliance, Canton or Akron.
The members of the Randolph Fire Department are highly trained and dedicated community residents. Our department consists of 36 members, 12 of which participate in the paid station staffing program. In order to keep costs to a minimum, members only receive compensation for EMS calls. All fire calls, general incidents, vehicle crashes, and training are “volunteer” with no compensation. Our organization is very close knit and ensures that our community’s fire and EMS needs are met to the best of our abilities. The community of Randolph can be assured that we will continue to provide the best service possible while also maintaining a strict budget.
Please support our efforts and vote yes for Issue 15.
Michael Lang Jr. Chief
Wednesday, May 14th
2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Randolph Community Center
Please Call 330-325-1904
for more information or to sign up !!