The Howland Township Fire Department invited the community out today for an open house at the station off of Route 46.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the fire department hosted a variety of events at the open house, including vehicle extraction and fire extinguisher demonstrations, blood pressure checks, and activities for the whole family.

The fire department is attempting to get a 2.25 mills levy passed on the November ballot to put a new ambulance into 24/7 service.

Howland Fire Chief James Pantalone spoke with 21 News in July that the department wanted to add a fourth ambulance they already have into operation, specifically stationed at the Bolindale Station.

He said it would decrease response times and save individuals money by utilizing the township's ambulance and not a private agency's emergency vehicle. 

"Within about four minutes, we want to get to your emergency. So it's very important to get a fourth ambulance up and running," said Pantalone. "If we have to bring in private EMS or private agencies that could cost the individual more. We believe the 23 cents per day is way less."

If the levy were approved, the tax would generate about $900,000 annually. The cost would be $6 to $7 extra each month for an owner of a $100,000 home. 

The open house is going on until 2 p.m. today.