Why does the Fire Department charge for the ambulance service?
The fire department receives general tax revenues from the City to operate fire and ambulance services. The ambulance service part of the department is intended to be largely self-supporting, a customary arrangement in emergency medical services. Each medic unit has an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic and driver. These highly trained and skilled people respond to every emergency medical call. Each unit also has the latest and greatest in medical equipment, medicines, and supplies. We are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, all year long. To operate such a system takes a lot of money, so ambulance fees are high. FireMed ambulance membership allows you to pay one small annual fee to cover your entire family for any emergency ambulance transport any of you may need during the year. This makes the service affordable to anyone, and assures everyone in the community high-quality ambulance care when needed.