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EP Village Manager urging support of House Bill 128

EAST PALESTINE–Village Manager Mark McTrustry is encouraging residents to support the recently introduced HB128.

The bill addresses funding regarding emergency services. Villages and cities could provide more opportunities to send emergency staff and new hires for training.

“Dispatchers, EMS, police and fire are all just super shorthanded. We are really struggling to recruit people,” McTrustry said.

Columbiana County EMA 911 Coordinator Brian Rutledge urges county residents to help support funding the infrastructure that helps address 270 million emergency calls yearly. Additional funding would also help emergency services update equipment.

“In order to get more personnel and the latest up to date equipment we need better funding,” McTrustry commented. He believes increasing a current tax of 25 cents added to cell phone bills is more palatable than imposing a statewide tax. The funding is part of a multi-step solution addressing current emergency service woes.

Residents are encouraged to contact their local elected representatives: Tim Ginter at rep05@ohiohouse.gov, 77 South High Street Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614-466-8022;

State Senator Michael Rulli, Rulli@ohiosenate.gov; The Ohio Senate, Senate Building, 1 Capital Square Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614-466-8285.

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