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‘Seamless transition’ expected for fire/EMS 

A “seamless transition of services” is expected when East Wayne Fire District ceases to operate at noon Dec. 30 and the villages of Dalton and Marshallville each have their own fire departments taking over.

Both villages have been working to take steps to form their own fire departments since Dalton decided to withdraw from East Wayne Fire District leaving Marshallville as the sole entity. 

The village of Dalton was provided a statement by the EWFD, according to information in a Dec. 21 release submitted by Dalton Mayor Dennis Finley: “To begin the wind up process and attempt to ensure that all personnel have completed their shifts/any emergency runs prior to January 1, 2024, and to allow time for equipment to be accounted for and turned in, the EWFD will cease operating on December 30, 2023, at noon.”

The news release provided by Finley states that the village “has been working diligently to ensure a successful transition to our new fire department for months. We have the necessary equipment, supplies and personnel to make the transition.

“One of the biggest things you will see from day one is a renewed effort to work with our neighboring departments. Sometimes that will mean asking for mutual aid from local departments to improve response times and provide the best possible patient care,” Finley continued in the release. “Everyone in the fire services has the same mission, protecting the lives and property of those we serve.”

The village of Dalton has asked for access to the building and equipment at 10 a.m. on Dec. 30 to allow for a seamless transition of services when the district ceases to operate at noon, the release states.

“A special thanks to the hard working men and women and their families who selflessly look out for the health and safety of their neighbors by working and volunteering as firefighters and emergency medical personnel,” the release states.  

Don Shilling is the new fire chief and Ted Elder will be the assistant chief. He is the first full-time firefighter/paramedic in the history of the village. 

Marshallville Fire Department will be operational for the Village of Marshallville and the surrounding area at 12:01 p.m. Dec. 30, according to a news release also provided to The DGKN Dec. 21 by Mayor Martha Martin.

“The Village of Marshallville has been preparing for this since the Village of Dalton decided to withdraw from the East Wayne Fire District,” the Marshallville news release states. “The Village has been in contact with Wayne County Emergency Response and all local chiefs to notify them of the changes.

“The main concern throughout this whole process has been the safety and protection of the Village of Marshallville. Rest assured that Marshallville Fire Department has all necessary equipment and supplies to properly serve and protect the Village of Marshallville,” the release continues. There will be no lapse in coverage on Dec. 30, and no one should hesitate to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

The Mayor and Council would like to thank the men and women of the Marshallville Fire Department who have chosen to serve and protect our community and have dedicated themselves to ensuring the establishment and operation of the Marshallville Fire Department will occur smoothly and without interruption.”

Anyone with questions regarding service in the Marshallville area is asked to contact Mayor Martha Martin or the Marshallville Fire Department led by Chief Roger Falb at 330-855-1000, the release from Marshallville states.


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