Fire department looks to charge EMS fee
According to fire officials, the fees would create $1.8 million in new revenue
Long Beach Post
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Those receiving emergency medical attention from Long Beach Fire Department personnel may soon be subject to a $250 fee, which fire officials hope will help offset costs for the financially strapped department.
The First Responder Fee will be considered during a Long Beach City Council meeting Tuesday, July 21, and could potentially be implemented by mid-August if the council approves the resolution, according to Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Rich Brandt.
Fire officials say patients evaluated and treated by first responders would receive a bill from the city, or, if transported, would get the bill added to charges for ambulance transport services.