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Bethany Residents Will See Higher EMS Fees

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BETHANY BEACH, De. - Property owners in the Bethany Beach area will need to pay a little more for their EMS services in 2014. The fee has increased by $9 due to an explosion in the number of incidents in the area. From 2009 to 2012, the number of incidents grew from 851 to 1124, a growth that has pushed the EMS to purchase a new ambulance.

The increase brings the new fee to $53, and will affect property owners on the Sussex Coastal area between the Maryland border and the Indian River Inlet. EMS Chief Douglas Scott said that the previous ambulances were purchased with loans, and that the new system of increasing fees, would save the community money.

"I think it's just good planning to have money ahead, so you don't have to take a loan," he said.

He said the new fee of $53 will then continue in the following years so that the fire company can build up it's reserves for future ambulance purchases. Douglas said the biggest reasoning for this fee increase was so that the company could be self-sufficient. He said the department needed to borrow from other stations in the area if there were many incidents in the same day. With the new ambulance, he said the department would be more prepared to combat the growing number of incidents in the area.

"I just think it's a relief for me," he said. "That I don't have to pick up that telephone and ask for help."

Nadine Kelley is a elderly resident in Bethany Beach who said she has seen the explosion in population growth in the area.

"We've been here for about 17 years," she said. "And it's a big difference. It's really gotten crowded here."

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