I am asking voters to vote for Truro Township's 3.9-mill fire levy on Nov.6.

To the Editor:

I am asking voters to vote for Truro Township's 3.9-mill fire levy on Nov.6.

The Truro Township Fire Department's last new levy was in 2002.

The fire department lost over $1 million from devaluation of property tax, elimination of tangible personal property tax and cuts in Local Government Funds.

The Truro Township Fire Department is understaffed by one full-time firefighter/paramedic and 15 part-time employees. The passage of this levy would bring the department up to full strength.

The levy would allow us to begin replacing our aging medical units and maintain fire and rescue equipment. This funding will assist with general operating expenses, training emergency personnel, fuel for vehicles, medical supplies and equipment.

The Truro Township Fire Department responded to 6,149 calls for service or approximately 17 calls per day in 2011. All of our 43 members are certified as firefighter/paramedics and serve a dual role.

The cost for an appraised home at $100,000 would be approximately $2.28 per week or $119 per year. The levy should allow financial stability for six to 10 years.

Voting "yes" on Issue 46 will allow us to maintain and improve service. The levy would insure adequate staffing of our fire and ambulance/medic vehicles at both fire stations. By voting "yes," the Truro Township Fire Department will be able to respond to your emergencies in a rapid manner, with highly trained medical and fire personnel.

Please vote for Issue 46.

Chief Steve Hein
Truro Township Fire Department