Firefighters association votes to release $75,000 to Reese

January 09, 2002

The county firefighters association is expected to release $75,000 in county funds this week to Reese's fire department -- money the association withheld during a long dispute over billing for ambulance service.

Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Associated voted Monday night to reinstate the Reese company's funds, which have been withheld since July 1, 2000. The association, which represents Carroll's 14 volunteer fire companies, pays each company with ambulance service $12,500 per quarter.

The association began withholding the money after Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company refused to charge a minimum $200 per ambulance call, as the association required. The company began charging $5 a call and went to court to get the association to release the funds.

When Reese lost its request for an injunction in Carroll Circuit Court, the fire company appealed. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals rejected the appeal in November.

The fire company voted Dec. 18 to begin charging a minimum of $200 for ambulance calls, starting Feb. 1.

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