Liberty fire chief asks township trustees to increase staffing because of growing need

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Liberty Township Fire Chief Gus Birch says he needs more firefighters on staff to keep up with the department’s increasing call volume.

Birch says last year, firefighters responded to more than 2,700 calls and had to have mutual aid for EMS 75 times.

Although their call numbers go up every year, the staffing has remained the same for at least a decade.

Currently, they aim to have five firefighters at the stations per day, with three on Logan Way and the other two based at the station on Belmont Avenue.

Birch has brought a proposal to township trustees to increase the staffing to seven per day.

“That would allow us to run a third ambulance and cut back on some of the mutual aid use. I think we depend on mutual aid entirely too much,” Birch said.

The department currently has 16 full-time firefighters, including the chief and fire inspector on staff, with a little more than a dozen part-time employees.

Birch says in order to bring the daily number to seven, the township would need to hire more people.

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