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Saline Township EMS levy on the ballot

Members of the Saline Township Emergency Management Service say volunteers may soon be a thing of the past.{ } A levy will not only provide EMS services 24/7, which will be on the Nov. 7 ballot, but it will also pay them. If it doesn't pass, officials are concerned for the future.

Members of the Saline Township Emergency Management Service say volunteers may soon be a thing of the past.

Times are tough and less people are signing up. A levy will not only provide EMS services 24/7, which will be on the Nov. 7 ballot, but it will also pay them. If it doesn't pass, officials are concerned for the future.

"It's to the point now that we're asking them for help," said Dan Dingess, from Saline Township EMS.

There are currently nine people on staff at the station.

"It's not very many, but that's how the EMS side is dwindling down to almost nothing," Dingess said.

Around-the-clock coverage means an around-the-clock staff. Dingess says they will hire more residents if it's passed.

"We'll interview them and take applications and put them on staff, and put them out there also to help our community. It's a win for everybody," Dingess said.

He says the average time the volunteer staff responds to a call is 7 minutes.

"We get called in from home, we go to the station, we get the squad, which is always ready, and we go out the door," Dingess said.

With a 24/7 crew, he says that time can be reduced to just 2 minutes. It’s a significant change for a very rural area.

"It takes a while to get to some of our places, so 5 minutes is very crucial in life or death," Dingess said.

The 2.5 mil levy would increase property taxes.

A resident with property worth $25,000 would pay roughly $26 more per year.

A resident with property worth $100,000 would pay just shy of $90 more per year.

"You can't put a price on somebody's life,” Dingess said. “We all may be feeling well today, but then all of a sudden, things can turn to the worse, and the ambulance would be needed.”

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