2020 Police and Fire Levies
The Springfield Township Police Department has operated without an increase in revenue since 2009 and the Fire/EMS Department last received an increase in revenue in 2011. Both departments have been able to double the expected longevity of previous levies due to sound financial planning and conservative spending over the past 10 years.
If passed, the proposed 2.5 Mill Police Levy and the proposed 2.5 Mill Fire / EMS Levy will cost owners of property valued at $100,000, additional taxes of $7.29/month for Police and $7.29/month for Fire/EMS.
Fire/EMS Levy Information
The Springfield Township Fire/EMS Department responds to approximately 5,000 EMS runs and over 1,500 Fire runs per year, which makes it one of the busiest suburban departments in the County. In fact, according to the Hamilton County Communication Center statistics, Station 79 – 9150 Winton Road is the second busiest suburban fire station in Hamilton County.
The Department operates two fire stations and staffs four paramedic ambulances and fire apparatus 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. On average, daily staffing is 12 to 14 personnel consisting of both full-time and part-time employees. All Township Fire/EMS Department employees are trained as both a Firefighter and a Paramedic or EMT.
The Springfield Township Fire/EMS Department is one of the most highly trained and professional departments in southwest Ohio. In 2018, the department was selected out of 1,200 eligible fire departments state wide to be the Ohio Fire Department of the Year by the Oho Department of Public Safety. The department has achieved an ISO Fire Suppression Rating of 2 which has been achieved by less than 3% of departments nationwide. The Department boasts an in-house training division, fire prevention and education programs, code enforcement division, and has been the leader in the County piloting various paramedicine programs.
Most recently, the Department entered into a cooperative partnership with the University of Cincinnati Hospital to be the home of the UC Health Mobile Stroke Unit enabling faster response and greater care for stroke patients. The Township’s paramedic service is using LUCAS automated mechanical chest compression devices to achieve maximum CPR efficiency and improve patient outcomes. The department is accredited with the Greater Cincinnati Academy of Medicine.
Police Levy Information
The Springfield Township Police Department responds to approximately 28,000 calls for service each year. The Department has operated without an increase in revenue since 2009, which was the last time a levy was approved for police services.
On average, according to federal statistics, local police agencies employ 2.4 officers per 1,000 residents. Using these averages, the Township would have 88 officers, however, the Department is able to provide policing services with approximately 1.4 officers per 1,000 residents (51 Officers). This is due, in large part, to unique scheduling and innovative crime prevention programs. The Department has an in-house detective division, two K-9 officers, a crime prevention unit, and is the lead agency for a multi-jurisdictional drug task force.
Your Police Department employs best practices in policing while patrolling your community. Only 800 departments out of the more than 12,300 local police departments in the United States are nationally accredited with CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). Springfield Township is one of only 41 in Ohio that is CALEA accredited and has been since 1999.