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Final Push for Orange Township Firefighters

Updated: Tuesday, January 22 2013, 12:08 AM EST

DELAWARE -- Firefighters in Orange Township are making house calls this week, not for emergencies, but to hand out fliers.

"It's cold," said firefighter Andrew Sapp.  "We've got our guys out there knocking on doors trying to get the message out."

They're trying to spread the word about the funding levy that'll be on the ballot February 5th.  Voters rejected a similar levy in November.

"A lot of people thought the levy was for new equipment or raises," Sapp said.  "There's absolutely no allowance in this levy for either of those things at this point in time.  We're just trying to fund the department as is."

The Orange Township Fire Department only has enough money to keep going for a few weeks.  If voters turn down this levy again, 21 firefighters will be laid off.

"Obviously we're trying to save our own jobs," he said.

The levy is asking for $7.5 million.  The department announced a trimmer budget last week that'd save the township $1.3 million over the next three years.

Final Push for Orange Township Firefighters

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