What's being described as a  "perfect storm" of issues is motivating Boardman officials to consider a possible levy for EMS services in November.

This week, officials kicked off community outreach efforts to spread the word of a potential EMS levy and how it could benefit the area.

Several factors have contributed to this new effort, including an aging population, a "substantial increase," in EMS calls and a shortage of EMS companies and personnel, according to a new release from the Boardman Fire Department.

Officials like Fire Chief Mark Pitzer say the levy is necessary to protect the health and safety of residents by providing EMS coverage at all fire stations in the township.

A committee known as the Lifesaving EMS Initiative held a public meeting earlier this month, where the first introduced the possibility of the levy.