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    mwg911man
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    Question Levels of Service and Fees for Service

    Interested in any input from agencies that have established levels of service for their department and/or charge a fee for service.
    Primary concern on the fee for service is did it effect your departments ability to conduct fund raisers? Is the fee for service program adminisitered by your local governing body or yourself? The money collected from the fee for service, how is it spent and /or used by the local governemnt and/or the department?

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    Mike Gray
    SVFD Co.4

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    shenry32
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    We considered it but the city council decided that that wasn't really the image that they wanted the citizens to have of the FD. Most of the cities that charge fees around here found that it was major paperwork hassles for the local gvmnts.
    Our police do charge $50 per alarm after the first three falses but most citizens already don't think to highly of the PD.

    Scott Henry

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    SRVFD2
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    We charge $25 dues/year for membership as do other county departments. Our state also has a law stating that anyone not a member of a department can be charged $500 for a fire run, and we take advantage of that law. Our fundraisers are not negatively affected by these things.

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    JAMESBENNETT
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    MY DEPARTMENT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS HAS STARTED SUBMITTING BILLS TO INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR REINBURSEMENT OF SUPPLIES IE. ABSORBANT MATERIAL ECT. WE DO HAVE A PAY SCHEDULE FOR OUR EQUIPMENT THAT WE BILL-OUT FOR TRUCK HOURS AND USE OF SPECIAL EQUIPMENT SUCH AS JAWS. WE HAVE TRIED TO STEER AWAY FROM BILLING THE TAX PAYERS THEMSELVES TO AVOID THE CONFLICTS. IN MOST STATES YOU ARE ALLOWED TO CHARGE FOR REINBURSEMENT FOR YOUR EQUIPMENT AND THEIR IS NO REASON NOT TO WHEN THE COST OF APPARATUS IS ONLY GOING TO GET HIGHER.
    AS FAR AS WERE THE MONEY GOES. WELL THAT IS UP TO YOUR ADMIN. WE DO ALL OF OUR OWN BILLING AND TO BE HONEST WE ONLY COLLECT ON ABOUT 15 TO 20 PERCENT OF THE BILLS WE SEND OUT. MY DEPARTMENT IS NOT ONE OF NORMAL STRUCTURE. WE GET FUNDING FROM OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND OPERATE AS A DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE CITY, BUT WE ALSO HAVE A SECOND ORGANIZATION THAT IS A 501 C-3 AND IT HAS A SEPERATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. ALL OF THE MONEY WE COLLECT GOES INTO THE 501 C-3 AND IS SPENT DIRECTY ON FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT, TRAINING, OR MAINT. OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT HASN'T YET SAID THEY AGREE OR DISAGREE, BUT AS LONG AS IT IS SPENT ON MAKING THEIR DEPARTMENT BETTER EQUIPT AND READY AND NOT HAVING TO SPEND ANYMORE MONEY I DON'T THINK IT WILL EVER COME UP AS LONG AS WE ARE STILL VOLUNTEER. AS FOR THE REST OF THE 80 PERSENT THAT DON'T PAY, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT DO THIS TYPE OF COLLECTION WORK, BUT WE HAVE DESIDED FOR NOW UNLESS IT WAS A CONSIDERABLE COST TO THE DEPARTMENT TO JUST LET IT GO. WE ALMOST SENT M.K.T. RAILROAD TO A COLLECTION AGENCY FOR A $12,000 BILL FOR A TRAIN WRECK THAT WE WORKED FOR 6 DAY'S. IT ALL DEPENDS OF WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING TO ACHIEVE AND HOW MUCH TIME AND RESOURCE'S YOU HAVE TO PUT INTO IT.
    JUST A NOTE. THE MONEY WE COLLECTED FROM M.K.T. WENT TO PURCHASE A RESCUE BOAT THAT WE NEEDED BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WAS COMPLETING A RIVERWALK PROJECT THAT THEY HAD BEEN WORKING ON FOR THREE YEARS. THEY WERE VERY PLEASED TO HEAR THAT WE HAD GOTTEN THE BOAT AND WEREN'T THERE ASKING FOR MONEY TO GET IT WITH.

    [This message has been edited by JAMESBENNETT (edited October 13, 2000).]

    [This message has been edited by JAMESBENNETT (edited October 13, 2000).]

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    NCRSQ751
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    We charge insurance companies for rescue services, we don't go after individuals. We have not had it affect our fundraisers at all thus far. Our fees are as follows:

    Auto Extrication:
    a. Entrapment - $350
    b. Pin-In - $550

    Rope Rescue - $1500
    Trench Rescue - $2500 plus supplies
    Dive Operation - $1500
    Structural Collapse - $1500 plus supplies

    All billing is through a third party that takes a percentage. We have had no problems with insurance companies paying either. It seems they'd rather pay now (prevent further injuries) than later (for long term care).

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    Susan Bednar
    Captain - Forsyth Rescue
    North Carolina Strike Force 1

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