LINDSEY - The Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department is one of the newest buildings in town.
The $800,000 station was paid for by private donations. That's one example of how much people there care about their emergency responders.
"It means everything. They're the heart and soul of this community," said Glenn Baker, a Washington Township trustee.
For volunteer firefighter Jason Conklin, dashing off to help others has become a way of life.
"I've been with the department for 21 years now, and it's something that I love being able to give back to my community," Conklin said. "I grew up in this small town where everyone knows everyone and it's really nice in that time of need that you have someone show up that is a recognizable face."
Jason and his team are putting in extra work, knocking on hundreds of doors before Election Day. They are knocking on hundreds of doors, trying to fix a very costly mistake, one that wasn't their fault.
Last November, about 80 percent of voters approved a 2.5 mill levy for the three Washington Township volunteer fire departments. 1.5 of that was a renewal, and the rest was an increase.
The problem was, the levy did not have the words "with an increase." So, the Ohio Department of Taxation only allowed the departments to collect a 1.5 mill, leaving the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department without an extra $60,000 this year.
The 1 mill increase is back on the ballot. If it passes it will allow firefighters to replace an engine, and continue to respond to calls at a moment's notice, like during our interview.
"As you saw today our pagers can go off at basically any time, and those volunteers leave their full time jobs, leave their families, middle of the night, middle of the afternoon, doesn't matter. We come out and respond to any kind of emergency," Conklin said.
Now, they're counting on the voters to respond to them.
The News Messenger Daniel Carson, Reporter 7:30 a.m. EDT September 26, 2016
LINDSEY- Jason Conklin's two-week trip to Maryland for a National Fire Academy class produced an unexpected donation to the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department.
Conklin, the Lindsey department's deputy chief, met Fort Myers Beach District Fire Chief Ron Martin at an Executive Fire Officer class.
After a series of discussions, Martin offered to donate more than $45,000 in equipment from the Fort Myers Beach department to the village's department.
Conklin said most of the equipment — which includes three Zoll Medical Autopulse Resuscitation systems, two thermo-imaging cameras and two oximeters — was lightly used, with the Lindsey department responsible only for paying shipping costs for the items.
"If we would have had to purchase it brand new, it would have cost about $65,000," Conklin said of the donated equipment.
Fire Chief John Zimmerman thanked the Fort Myers Beach department for their donation. He said Lindsey had looked at buying Autopulse machines a couple of years, but held off because of the cost.
Conklin said he had discussions with Martin about the challenges facing smaller departments like Lindsey's during his two-week stint at the National Fire Academy.
"Obviously for us, finances are a big part of that," Conklin said.
During their conversations, Martin told Conklin the Florida department had surplus equipment and asked if Lindsey would be interested in the donation.
Conklin demonstrated some of the equipment Tuesday at the Lindsey firehouse.
He said the Autopulse systems deliver automated chest compressions to victims of sudden cardiac arrest and deliver blood flow to their brain and heart. The deputy chief said Sandusky County squads carry the devices.
The thermo-imaging cameras can be used to locate victims during fires and rescue searches. Conklin said the cameras can also find areas where fires are present but can't be seen, due to darkness or smoke.
The handheld oximeters can measure the oxygen in a person's blood and can give first responders information on someone's pulse, Conklin said.
Conklin said the donated equipment is not in service yet, but would be soon.
"As soon as the new batteries come in, we can put it in service," Conklin said.
As you may have heard, the fire levy in Washington Township was denied at the Ohio Department of Taxation and was rolled back from the voted millage of 2.5 to 1.5 Mills that has been in place for the past five years because the ballot language was incorrectly reviewed by the county appointed legal council for Washington Township. The story below by NBC 24 news reporter Kayla Strayer was done in an effort to help us inform all of the Washington Township residents that the original 2.5 Mill levy that was on last year's November ballot will once again have to be placed on this year's November's ballot. We are again asking for your support!
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