Ohio Council 8 members in the Cincinnati Region welcomed their newest members with the addition of the volunteer firefighters serving the city of Mt. Healthy, who recently voted to form an AFSCME Local union.
Representing 23 members, the new local is now in negotiations with the city. “We are the only department that is not represented by a union”, said Todd Marshall, who has been with the department for 24 years. “We are just looking for fairness, and improving our wages and benefits across the board,” he said.
The Mt. Healthy Fire Department provides firefighting, rescue, haz-mat, and Intermediate-level EMS service in a 1.4 square mile area serving 6,100 citizens.
The department, which was an un-paid volunteer force until 2004, averages about 1,250 runs a year. In 2015 they answered 1025 EMS calls and 225 fire calls.