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By MIKE BURNS | April 20, 1997
ANOTHER sign of change in Carroll County: volunteer fire companies charging patients for emergency ambulance calls. And not just a token donation, either -- it could cost $500 a run.There's not enough money from carnivals, dances and bake sales to finance this essential emergency service. Not enough volunteers to staff the shifts and spend endless hours in training. Too many people in need of these volunteer stations to provide the necessary coverage.The reassuring word to the public is that charges will be billed to insurance companies.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2011
Paramedic Kevin Hook's vehicle speeds up Lombard Street, weaving through traffic. His 7 a.m. shift as acting lieutenant at Baltimore's John F. Steadman Fire Station has just begun and Hook is monitoring dozens of calls scrolling down a monitor mounted on the dashboard of his SUV. There's an oil spill requiring a hazardous materials team to the east, a car crash to the west and a victim suffering from a stroke ahead on West Baltimore Street....
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2001
The Carroll commissioners urged the Reese fire company yesterday to settle its dispute with the county firefighters association over ambulance billing. "I'd like to see this issue settled before we approve the budget for this upcoming fiscal year," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell. "If they can't resolve this, the next issue will be whether we take [ambulance billing] over and institute a standard fee." The dispute has dragged on for two years, with Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company refusing to bill a minimum of $200 for ambulance calls.
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December 10, 2003
SEARCHING for ways to pay for growing demand on its strained paramedics-ambulance service, an Anne Arundel task force recently considered charging an impact fee on developers of nursing homes and other group living facilities for seniors. The same idea surfaced in Carroll County discussions. There's no question that the growing segment of older residents disproportionately increases demand on emergency medical services; local demand is magnified by concentrations of seniors in group living facilities.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 24, 1999
After seesawing over whether to bill for emergency medical services, the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company has voted not to charge area residents for ambulance calls.The decision, in a 21-to-10 vote at a fire company meeting Feb. 16, is contrary to the county's recommendation that fire companies bill residents' insurance companies for ambulance service."The main reason that we felt we didn't need to bill is because we get county money for ambulance service and we have good fund-raisers and community support," said Jerry Dayton, company president.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | July 14, 2000
The Carroll County Firemen's Association will continue to withhold Emergency Medical Services funding to Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Department while the county checks the legalities of the sanction. The firefighters have been wrangling with ambulance billing for almost three years. In May 1998, at the insistence of the Board of County Commissioners, the firemen's association voted 9-4 to begin billing for EMS. Most fire companies began billing soon afterward. "Majority rules, and the association voted to bill for ambulance service," John Korman, firemen's association president, said after a meeting yesterday of the association, Reese and the county commissioners.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2001
Officials for the Reese volunteer fire company plan to appeal a Carroll circuit judge's ruling last month that denied them a share in county funds as long as they refuse to charge a minimum $200 for ambulance calls. Members of Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company voted Tuesday night to appeal the Jan. 16 ruling by Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. "The county association hasn't offered any other course, so we're exercising our option of taking our case to the state Court of Special Appeals," said Joe Spangler Sr., president of Reese.
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By Ellie Baublitz and By Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | December 20, 2001
Reese fire company has ended its long battle with the county firefighters association and its court appeals, agreeing to bill patients a minimum of $200 for ambulance services. "The membership of Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Department has elected not to continue the appeals process," Reese President Joe Spangler said in a statement. "The membership has elected to comply with the court and mandate by the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association to bill for ambulance service."
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December 10, 2003
SEARCHING for ways to pay for growing demand on its strained paramedics-ambulance service, an Anne Arundel task force recently considered charging an impact fee on developers of nursing homes and other group living facilities for seniors. The same idea surfaced in Carroll County discussions. There's no question that the growing segment of older residents disproportionately increases demand on emergency medical services; local demand is magnified by concentrations of seniors in group living facilities.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer | September 17, 1992
The Savage Volunteer Fire Company quietly reinstated a paramedic earlier this year after he had been banned from responding to ambulance calls because of his conviction for beating a woman, Howard County fire officials said.James Scott Botschen, a volunteer since 1982, rode on at least six ambulance calls after officials at the company reinstated him without informing county administrators.Mr. Botschen, 31, was arrested on new charges of rape, kidnapping and assault two weeks ago, and he has since been dismissed from the company.
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By Ellie Baublitz and By Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | December 20, 2001
Reese fire company has ended its long battle with the county firefighters association and its court appeals, agreeing to bill patients a minimum of $200 for ambulance services. "The membership of Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Department has elected not to continue the appeals process," Reese President Joe Spangler said in a statement. "The membership has elected to comply with the court and mandate by the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association to bill for ambulance service."
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2001
The Carroll commissioners urged the Reese fire company yesterday to settle its dispute with the county firefighters association over ambulance billing. "I'd like to see this issue settled before we approve the budget for this upcoming fiscal year," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell. "If they can't resolve this, the next issue will be whether we take [ambulance billing] over and institute a standard fee." The dispute has dragged on for two years, with Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company refusing to bill a minimum of $200 for ambulance calls.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2001
Officials for the Reese volunteer fire company plan to appeal a Carroll circuit judge's ruling last month that denied them a share in county funds as long as they refuse to charge a minimum $200 for ambulance calls. Members of Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company voted Tuesday night to appeal the Jan. 16 ruling by Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. "The county association hasn't offered any other course, so we're exercising our option of taking our case to the state Court of Special Appeals," said Joe Spangler Sr., president of Reese.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | November 13, 2000
Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association has retained former Carroll County State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman to handle its case against Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company, which is suing the association for its quarterly emergency medical services allotment from the county. The association refused to give Reese its July 1 allotment of $12,500 because the company refuses to bill a minimum of $200 per ambulance call, as approved in the spring by a majority of the association membership.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | July 14, 2000
The Carroll County Firemen's Association will continue to withhold Emergency Medical Services funding to Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Department while the county checks the legalities of the sanction. The firefighters have been wrangling with ambulance billing for almost three years. In May 1998, at the insistence of the Board of County Commissioners, the firemen's association voted 9-4 to begin billing for EMS. Most fire companies began billing soon afterward. "Majority rules, and the association voted to bill for ambulance service," John Korman, firemen's association president, said after a meeting yesterday of the association, Reese and the county commissioners.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 24, 1999
After seesawing over whether to bill for emergency medical services, the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company has voted not to charge area residents for ambulance calls.The decision, in a 21-to-10 vote at a fire company meeting Feb. 16, is contrary to the county's recommendation that fire companies bill residents' insurance companies for ambulance service."The main reason that we felt we didn't need to bill is because we get county money for ambulance service and we have good fund-raisers and community support," said Jerry Dayton, company president.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | November 13, 2000
Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association has retained former Carroll County State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman to handle its case against Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company, which is suing the association for its quarterly emergency medical services allotment from the county. The association refused to give Reese its July 1 allotment of $12,500 because the company refuses to bill a minimum of $200 per ambulance call, as approved in the spring by a majority of the association membership.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 17, 1998
In a divided vote, the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association decided yesterday to begin billing insurers for ambulance calls -- emergency medical service that had previously been provided for free.The 9-4 vote, with one abstention, came after a heated debate during the firefighters' 75th annual convention, held at New Windsor Middle School. The debate was interrupted by the school's fire alarm -- apparently set off accidentally by a child.Sixty-six delegates from all 14 of the county's volunteer fire companies, voting in groups, decided that each would control its own billing rather than have it handled by the county government or an association committee.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1997
The three-digit nonemergency police number established in Baltimore last year could be available within several months to any Maryland county that wants it, state officials announced yesterday.The governor's office is proposing paying for the new system by allowing local jurisdictions to use money raised through the monthly 911 surcharge of 60 cents per phone line. Regulatory approval would be required.Baltimore, Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties have expressed interest. The federal government selected Baltimore City as its two-year test site last year.
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