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Editorial from The Aegis | November 29, 2012
In the latest back and forth over the degree to which Harford County government will have a measure of authority over the local volunteer fire and ambulance service, a good deal has been made over the words "coordination, command, control and the oversight. " Such is the wording of an executive order issued earlier this month under which the county government would gain oversight responsibility for what to date have been essentially a conglomeration of a dozen private clubs that provide a vital public service.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 6, 2014
In the discussions about the status of Harford County's fire and ambulance service, it will be vital to keep in mind that many aspects of the existing system are exemplary. A case in point is the effort two Saturdays ago on the part of members of Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company that resulted in the installation of 123 new smoke alarms in Edgewood's Edgewater Village neighborhood at a rough cost to taxpayers of $2,000. During a two-hour period, 36 fire company members visited 234 homes and found 123 in need of smoke alarms.
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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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Editorial from The Aegis | March 13, 2014
The effectiveness of the volunteer firefighters who responded earlier this week to the scene of a car fire at a commercial garage in Joppa is exemplary of why it is important for Harford County to try to figure out a way to resolve the funding issues related to providing ambulance service. It was bad enough that the fire was the result of an automotive gasoline tank that was, according to fire investigators, set ablaze by someone drilling into or near the tank. Putting out a gasoline fire is no easy task and, not only is gasoline flammable like kerosene and plenty of other petroleum products, but it is also potentially explosive.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1996
The cost of being transported by a city ambulance to a hospital is going up -- but not as much as originally proposed.Baltimore's Board of Estimates yesterday unanimously approved an increase in fees from $75 to $150 for basic ambulance service, and from $100 to $250 for advanced life support transport.Two months ago, the Baltimore Fire Department, which operates the ambulance service, proposed increasing both fees to $475, the maximum acceptable level under federal guidelines, to ease the service's strain on its budget.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 20, 2000
A proposal to impose a fee for ambulance service -- at least for patients with health insurance -- has been rejected by the County Council amid uncertainty about how the measure would be implemented. However, the idea proposed last year by County Executive Janet S. Owens will remain under study by the administration, which is studying such concerns as the cost of billing, the legality of seeking fees only from some users, and elderly riders' receiving bills and worrying about paying for the service.
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By Peter Hermann and Eric Siegel and Peter Hermann and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1997
Baltimore's fire chief has given up on a controversial idea to privatize the city's ambulance service, pleasing the heads of unions representing paramedics who warned such a move could cost lives.Chief Herman Williams Jr., who headed a board that examined the proposal, said through a spokesman yesterday that a private company could not provide emergency response cheaper than the city does for $8 million a year."Based on bids submitted, there is no cost-savings to privatize the ambulance service," said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1996
The Carroll County Firemen's Association, in an effort to improve ambulance service in north Carroll, has allocated $69,000 to pay for emergency medical service positions at the Manchester and Lineboro volunteer fire departments.The money makes it possible for Manchester to continue to provide weekday ambulance coverage and will allow Lineboro to ensure that such coverage is available in its service area.Over the past five years, most of Carroll's 14 volunteer fire companies have found it necessary to hire emergency medical service workers to provide ambulance service during daytime hours, when volunteers frequently aren't available.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1999
The squabble over billing for ambulance services flared again Monday, when the Carroll County Firemen's Association gave the Reese station 30 days to rescind its decision not to charge for emergency medical service or risk losing county funds, officials said yesterday.In February, the Reese membership voted contrary to the county commissioners' recommendation that fire companies bill residents' insurance companies for ambulance service. Eleven of the county's 14 fire companies have begun the billing.
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June 9, 1997
INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS of four volunteer fire companies to charge for ambulance runs this year underscores an inevitable change in the delivery of emergency medical services in Carroll County.Sooner rather than later, the other 10 volunteer companies will have to charge for their ambulance runs, even if the membership is divided over such fee-for-service operations. That will have a serious impact on the philosophy of volunteer fire/emergency service that has prevailed in Carroll for more than a century.
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January 7, 2014
Before Harford County entertains even a notion of levying a fire tax to support the local volunteer fire and ambulance service, the citizens need to have full access to the local fire company books. During a recent meeting of a county government commission reviewing the organization of the various volunteer fire and ambulance companies that provide an important public service, the idea of levying a special tax that would be dedicated to the fire and ambulance service was broached.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | August 13, 2013
There's long been reason to question the management of Harford County's volunteer fire and ambulance service. It depends on a substantial annual allocation of taxpayer money and is relied upon to provide a vital public service, yet its decision-making processes have been secretive and often when they become public they appear petty and provincial. These problems increasingly are being pondered by a county government public safety oversight committee, though that committee appears increasingly bogged down in bureaucracy.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 16, 2013
Harford County's fire and EMS service is a mess. As one Old-Timer used to say, "Rome wasn't built in a day. " Nor was the mess that fire and EMS service has become. Let's get this straight before we go any further: This is not an attack on the men and women who have dedicated their lives to helping their fellow Harford County residents at their times of greatest need. The service they continue to provide in the face of daunting challenges is terrific. Some of our colleagues, family members, friends and neighbors are and have been volunteers in the fire and EMS service.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | May 2, 2013
The Harford County volunteer fire and ambulance service has the county government in a tight spot with regard to finances. In addition to $2.6 million a year the county government has been providing a loosely organized coalition of private, not-for-profit fire and ambulance companies to provide paid ambulance crews in some communities, three of the private fire and ambulance services with the largest territories in terms of population, calls for...
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | January 3, 2013
For many years, the officers of the various private volunteer fire and ambulance companies that provide a valuable public service to Harford County have strenuously resisted any financial or strategic oversight by the Harford County government. This is not to say that the volunteer companies are somehow rogue with regard to the very high level of services they provide. The ambulance service is under the strict supervision of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, and the fire side of the volunteer companies is under similar strict training regimens for the people who respond to calls.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2013
Sometime this year, the BWI Marshall Airport fire and rescue department will begin billing people for ambulance rides to the hospital. The move, dictated by the General Assembly last year, follows a statewide trend to try to recover some emergency medical costs from insurance companies. Montgomery County, the state's most populous jurisdiction, began charging Jan. 1. "It's become pretty standard in the aviation industry and in EMS in general," said Paul Wiedefeld, the airport's executive director.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | May 8, 1998
The County Commissioners and leaders of Carroll's volunteer firefighters association reached partial agreement yesterday on the touchy question of billing insurance companies for ambulance service.The commissioners agreed to give the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association a year to implement a proposal from Robert Cumberland Jr., association second vice president.But the association did not agree to support the commissioners' plan to have the county go forward with a proposal of its own if Cumberland's proposal fails.
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By John Murphy and Ellie Baublitz and John Murphy and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2000
Since its founding in 1948, the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company has helped pay for its battles to extinguish fires and save lives through ham and oyster suppers, bingo games, Christmas tree sales and a six-day carnival generating thousands of dollars each year. But a proposal to start billing customers for ambulance service threatens to upset this fund-raising equation and create a rift between Carroll County's volunteer fire companies. Like other communities across the country facing growing populations and dwindling numbers of volunteers, Carroll County is asking all its fire companies to charge fees for ambulance calls.
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Editorial from The Aegis | November 29, 2012
In the latest back and forth over the degree to which Harford County government will have a measure of authority over the local volunteer fire and ambulance service, a good deal has been made over the words "coordination, command, control and the oversight. " Such is the wording of an executive order issued earlier this month under which the county government would gain oversight responsibility for what to date have been essentially a conglomeration of a dozen private clubs that provide a vital public service.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
Anne Arundel police have charged a Lothian man with attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of a 50-year-old man with whom police say he was acquainted. Jerome Otto Waters Sr., 55, of the 5200 block of Sands Road, also faces assault and reckless endangerment charges in connection with the incident that occurred early Saturday near his home. Officers, who were called to the 1300 block of Mount Zion-Marlboro Road at 5 a.m., soon determined that the assault had taken place in the 5400 block of Sands Road, near Patuxent River Park and in the same Lothian area.
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