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Sylvania Township police see increase in service calls, firefighters see decrease in service calls

Sylvania Township Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski on Tuesday said increased fire prevention education is the reason fire service calls were down slightly this year compared to last.

The year-to-date total for fire service calls for 2012, including November, is at 976 compared to 998 last year.

The Sylvania Township Police Department has also seen an increase in calls for service, Chief Robert Boehme said during Tuesday evening's Sylvania Township Trustees meeting.

Chief Boehme said that while parking tickets given had increased, property damage accidents “continue to go down by a considerable amount.” He said thefts were about the same for the month.

The fire department also announced that they were gearing up for the winter season and the potential occurrence of accidents on the ice, although, “Last year we didn't have any ice to practice with,” Chief Kowalski said.

The school used the Northview High School pool last year to learn ice rescue techniques. The department also purchased four new suits that can be used in ice rescue operations this year.

Township Trustee Kevin Haddad mentioned that the extended forecast calls for ice in January and he wanted to make sure that the department was prepared for such weather.

“If we get ice at Olander, we will get guys on the ice,” Chief Kowalski said. “Last year, it didn't get cold enough for the ice.”

Township administrator John Zeitler praised the department heads and staff members for their diligent work this year.

“...It was actually a pretty smooth year...,” Mr. Zeitler said.

The trustees meet again on Jan. 3 at 4 p.m. at the administration building, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd.

Contact Kelly McLendon at kmclendon@theblade.com or 419-206-0356 or on Twitter at @MyTownSylvania.

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