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Perrysburg fire department argues for more staff

PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's been a hot topic in Perrysburg for a while now: The city fire department wants to increase their staff.

They've been working with minimum staffing for the last three years due to budget restrictions, but now they say the budget is balanced, and there's no reason to do with less anymore.

One of the main reasons they want to see their staff increase is because minimum staffing poses safety risks for the community.

At Tuesday's council meeting, public comment lasted over an hour regarding this topic.

By operating at minimum staff, fire union members say it could be a recipe for disaster.

Right now, they typically have just four people on duty - but if two get sent to the hospital, there's only two left to handle calls that come in in the meantime.

With just two, there's only so much they can do.

"If I show up at your house, and someone's inside, God forbid, and you tell me, there's only two of us, one person has to operate the pump, that one guy can't go in by himself, he has to wait for other people to show up," said firefighter Pete Scarborough.

Scarborough tells me departments like Toledo typically have about one firefighter for every 2,500 people, whereas Perrysburg is currently operating with roughly one firefighter for every 5,500 people.

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