2024 Levy Information

We are currently operating off of the 5 Mil Fire Levy passed in 2000 and a 2 Mil EMS Levy passed in 2017. If this new Fire Levy passes, the original 5 MIL Fire Levy will be canceled by the Board of Trustees.

In the past 3 years, RTFD has received over $250,000 in grants and donations.

Levies not only pay for firefighter paramedics, but they are also used to repair and replace fire trucks, ambulances, fire protective equipment, safety equipment, and lifesaving EMS equipment.

Since 2020, there has been a National shortage of Firefighter Paramedics. It takes over 2 years to train a Firefighter Paramedic. Ravenna Township will continue to pay for residents to obtain fire and paramedic certifications.

In 2020, the Fire Department responded to more than 1,725 calls. This is a 33% increase from 10 years ago. Over the last 8 years, there has been a 170% increase in simultaneous calls. There were 285 simultaneous calls in 2023 compared to only 105 in 2015.

In the past, Fire Department staffing was 5 firefighter paramedics per day. Our current staffing is down to 4 firefighter paramedics 58% of the time and 3 firefighter paramedics 42% of the time. American Recovery Plan funds have been used to supplement staffing with additional full-time Firefighter Paramedics. This levy will replace the grant-paid positions so that staffing can remain at 4 firefighter paramedics per day. 4 firefighter paramedics are needed to handle our incoming call volume and respond to calls at the same time.