(PRESS RELEASE) The City of Wauseon has announced that effective January 1, 2024, the city’s fire department will no longer provide non-EMS emergency response services to residents in York Township.
The city’s decision to terminate non-EMS services to York residents is due to the absence of an Automatic Aid Agreement between the City of Wauseon and York Township.
York Township terminated the parties’ prior contract, which dated back to the 1990s, effective December 31, 2019, and the parties have been without a contract since that time.
The City of Wauseon had previously indicated earlier this year that it would terminate non-EMS related services to York Township effective August 1, 2023, but agreed to extend that deadline until December 31, 2023, at the request of a number of York Township residents.
The residents, who were not aware of York Township’s termination of the parties’ contract, requested the extension in order to provide residents of York Township time to address the York Township Trustees about the contract.
The Wauseon Fire Department’s termination of non-EMS emergency response services in York Township effective January 1, 2024, will not impact the city’s provision of ambulance services to certain residents of York Township in accordance with the city’s contract with the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, or responses to non-EMS emergency calls in the rare and exceptional circumstances where response is appropriate under any mutual aid agreement in effect.