Carroll volunteer firefighters to begin billing insurers

May 27, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll County's volunteer fire companies will begin billing insurers for emergency services under guidelines established by the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association.

Association leaders and the county commissioners met yesterday to work out the details of the ambulance billing agreement, which delegates from the 14 area companies will review Monday. A final vote could come at the association's July 6 meeting, and countywide billing could begin before summer's end.

"We will go along with the billing as long as each company does its own," said Bob Alexander, association president. "They want to handle the work themselves."

The county commissioners also voted yesterday to establish a paid liaison position between the association and the county.

"We don't want this to fall through," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell. "Let's give it a try and see how it works."

A few association members expressed fears that once billing begins, support will dwindle for their fund-raising efforts, the mainstay of volunteer companies.

NTC "We have to educate the public that we are not billing individuals and that nothing is coming out of their pockets," said John Korman, second vice president of the firefighters association. "We are just trying to get the dollars that are available to us out there."

Revenue could also come from other counties and areas of southern Pennsylvania where Carroll companies often help.

"We all want assurances that emergency services coverage is there," said Art Frotton, president of the Carroll County Ambulance Association.

Pub Date: 5/27/98

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