Charging for Suppression??
I was recently approached by a local insurance agent, asking why we did not charge back the costs involved in fire suppression. I was told that nearly every insurance policy, both homeowners, commercial and automobile provide coverage for those charges. I replied "you pay property taxes, you already pay", I was immediately told that the their position was that taxes pay to have the protection available, those who actually use the service pay for it. A good argument! My question then is, do any other tax supported fire services charge for suppression? If so, how do you determine what the fees will be? We charge for Haz Mat Incidents, based on so much for the first truck out, so much for the second, third, etc. and so much for additional hours required. Is this a fair way of billing?
I would be very interested in any feed back from Departments that currently charge or have at any time.