City officials previously said the levy was aimed at stabilizing the department’s emergency response times by hiring four additional full-time firefighter/paramedics as well as increasing the incentive pay and benefits for part-time positions.
The city’s former operating model for its fire department saw it heavily dependent on part-time firefighters and saw the temporary closures of services or stations.
Prior to the four new full-time hires, the department was staffed with nine career personnel, Van Antwerp said. West Carrollton Fire Department now consists of 13 career personnel — one chief, three captains, and nine firefighters — and 17 part-time personnel.
In 2016, West Carrollton’s Fire Department had about 45 part-time and seven full-time staff, he previously said. The number of part-time staff dropped to 35 and 25 in 2017 and 2018, respectively, before dipping to 22 in 2019, Barnett previously said.