Volunteer fire dept. to bill for services

The fees for service are needed to off set rising costs

By Sam Jackson
The Martinsville Bulletin

PATRICK COUNTY, W.Va. — Patrick County Emergency Services plans to begin billing for certain fire incidents Jan. 1, according to a release from the county EMS.

Services that will be billed include the fire department’s responses to house and vehicle fires and accidents, the release said. Fees typically will range from $100 to $1,000, and the cost will be determined by the nature of the call as well as the time and materials needed, the release said.

According to Patrick County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Allen, the decision to bill for services is due in part to the rising costs of maintaining volunteer emergency services.

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