WADSWORTH: Police Chief Randy Reinke outlined the department's monthly report for City Council's Public Safety Committee on Monday. His report indicates that November's calls for service were up considerably over the same month last year, and total calls for the year through November are also ahead of last year at this time.
Acting Fire Chief Ron Likley also gave his department's report to the committee on Monday. His report shows a slight increase in total runs for the fire department for November as compared to last year and an over seven percent increase in total runs for the year through November over the same period last year.
For Emergency Medical Services, Likley's report notes EMS runs are ahead of last year through November.
The city is contracted to provide fire and EMS service to Wadsworth Township in addition to the city of Wadsworth. Safety Director Matt Hiscock informed the committee that collections for EMS service are up and expected to exceed estimates. Voters in November renewed a five-year levy to help fund the EMS by over 72 percent.
Hiscock explained the status of the goals of the safety departments for the year. That report includes the status of the downtown camera project, which Hiscock said is in operation. He noted the public may soon be able to view the camera images on a website.
Another goal up and running is the mass notification system, which informs participants of emergencies or other safety factors. Hiscock is urging all citizens to sign onto the program by going to the city's website and selecting “One Call Reaches All.”
Hiscock also provided information on the city emergency operations plan, justice assistance grants, safe routes to school program, crosswalks and pedestrian safety, state wireless 911 funding and the Block Watch program.