Pleasant Township Marion, Ohio
The May 9, 2012 Marion Star Read:
After 44 years of service, Stofcheck Ambulance will cease operations.
Edward Stofcheck Sr., the company's founder and co-owner, said the company will shut down June 30, 2012.
"The decision to close the company is a very difficult one," he said in a news release. "The sudden loss of our contract with Marion General Hospital makes it impossible for the company to continue operations".
As you can imagine Marion County Fire departments were in a panic mode after having a solid dedicated family owned Emergency Medical Service in Marion County for 44 years. With the announcement of MedCare Ambulance service coming into Marion General Hospital to provide hospital transportation service.
MedCare Ambulance Service and Marion General Hospital are owned by Ohio Health and OSU Medical Center.
MedCare who had not provided 911 service before found themselves scrambling to provide 911 service within a month and half. In the meantime Pleasant Township Fire Department has been providing first responder service since March of 2000. With the growing number of emergency calls in Pleasant Township and the reducing number of volunteer firefighters, Pleasant Township was forced to look at staffing the fire station with day time fire ems personnel. In 2008 the voters passed a levy to staff the fire station with 2 cross trained firefighter/EMS for 12 hours a day (0700hrs-1900hrs). In this time frame our call volume doubled from 150 call to well over 300 each year.
June 2012, With Stofcheck ceasing operations and the unknown quality and dependable operations of the new ambulance service. Pleasant Township made a decision to purchase our own squad and provide transport service to our residents. In November we received the new medic unit 407.
January 1, 2014 starts a new era in Pleasant Township with providing EMS service to our residents. Your fire department currently has 45 qualified fire / ems personnel ranging from basic EMTs to Paramedics.
Please stay tuned for more information.
Resident with questions please call the station.