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Salisbury City Council Discusses Proposed Increase in Ambulance Fees

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SALISBURY, Md – Salisbury's Fire Chief met with city councilors Monday night to answer questions and present a proposal for increasing EMS Ambulance fees. There are several changes to the fee structure but the main reason for these changes, according to Chief Richard Hoppes, is to realign the rates so they match what is common given increasing cost of living as well as the increasing cost of services. “Overall, it is definitely needed,” says Hoppes.

According to the proposal set forth, the amount the fee increases varies from $70 to $144 depending on the circumstance. The base rate for Basic Life Support services would increase from $431 to $500 for residents. Another change to the fees would be charging non-residents more. Currently, non-residents pay the same as residents for EMS ambulance services.

The Salisbury City Council has asked Hoppes to investigate further how the fee changes would impact the city's mutual aid agreements with other communities. Hoppes says he doesn't anticipate it to be an issue but will do as the council has asked and re-introduce the proposal at a future meeting.

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