Geographically, the City of Kent is about 8 square miles but the City’s Fire Department’s service area covers 26 square miles.
That larger Fire Service area includes the Franklin Township which depends on the City to handle Fire and EMS calls to the residents of the Franklin Township.
Fire and EMS apparatus and staffing is expensive which is why more and more areas are partnering to share those costs — which is why the City’s partnership with Franklin Township makes good sense.
The Township gets the benefit of state of the art life saving equipment and trained professionals — and the City gets financial assistance from the Township to make sure we can keep affording to provide professional Fire and EMS services.
That’s a win, win.
The Fire Department tracks the number of 911 runs that they make in the Township borders and the Township is billed a flat rate for each run. The rate is based on a formula which looks at how much it costs the Fire Department to provide their services and converts that number to a cost per run.
For the upcoming year we have advised the Township that our fee calculates out at $1,332 per 911 response — which is up from $1,297 last year.
Historically it looks like the City makes about 600 Fire and EMS runs to Franklin Township residents a year — which brings-in about $750,000 in much needed revenues to put towards the City’s $5.5 million Fire Department budget that keeps the City’s Fire Services running.
We just sent the letter to the Township Trustees advising them of the proposed new rate and they have the opportunity to accept it or seek an alternative Fire Service provider.
The former Brady Lake Village is now part of the Franklin Townships so any calls from Brady Lake will also be billed to the Franklin Township too.