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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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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | April 15, 1997
Leaders of the county Volunteer Firemen's Association agreed reluctantly yesterday to consider charging ambulance service fees that would be paid by health insurance companies.County financial analysts estimate that Carroll could gain up to $3.5 million in revenue from the fees -- nearly as much as the $3.8 million the county has proposed to provide volunteer companies in the next fiscal year. But association leaders warned the County Commissioners that the study of an ambulance fee might not lead anywhere.
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January 9, 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.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1997
In a move that has infuriated and frightened emergency medical workers, Baltimore is considering turning over ambulance service to private management.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has instructed the fire chief to explore whether private companies can transport and provide quick emergency medical assistance to patients at a lower cost than the $8 million the city spends each year."All I'm doing is studying the issue and gathering information," Schmoke said.Schmoke said he expects proposals to go out within 30 to 60 days, and a final answer could come 60 days after that.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1996
The Baltimore Fire Department is proposing to more than quadruple the fee it charges to transport patients to hospitals, hoping the extra money will pay for new ambulances and faster service.The proposal would raise the $100 transport fee, established seven years ago, to $475. It is backed by Fire Chief Herman Williams Jr., the Board of Fire Commissioners and the union representing firefighters, and is expected to be presented to the Board of Estimates next week.Hampered by an increased number of emergency calls and inadequate staffing that forced some firehouses to close on a rotating basis, fire union officials say more money is needed to maintain an adequate level of care.
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By Ellie Baublitz and James M. Coram and Ellie Baublitz and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1998
Carroll County's volunteer fire companies will meet tonight to discuss a county proposal to bill insurance companies for ambulance services routinely covered by health insurance providers.If members of the county's 14 volunteer companies agree, Carroll could collect $2.1 million or more a year from insurance companies for providing emergency medical services, according to county budget supervisor Ted Zaleski.The seven-point proposal calls for the county to administer the program and pay each company "dollar for dollar" the revenue generated from emergency calls.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
A private contractor collecting Baltimore City ambulance fees has been mistakenly billing Baltimore County residents for city ambulances dispatched into the county, and city fire officials say county residents may seek refunds for the $250 bills.Rural Metro Corp. of Baltimore, hired to recoup uncollected city ambulance fees, has been billing county residents with city residents since September, said Klark Staffan, regional president of Rural Metro.But Baltimore City fire officials acknowledged yesterday that the billing of county residents violates the terms of a 1989 Mutual Aid Agreement, which specifies that Baltimore-area jurisdictions not charge each other for police and fire services.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 6, 1998
Members of Carroll's 14 volunteer fire companies expressed frustration and surprise at a long-standing county proposal to charge insurance companies for ambulance service.The four-page proposal was presented Monday to the Carroll County Volunteer Firefighters' Association by county Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman, past president of the association.The proposal would take effect only if all 14 companies agree.The County Commissioners reviewed the proposal last week and asked that it be circulated among association officials and the county's 14 fire companies before the association's monthly meeting Monday.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff | August 13, 1991
The mayor of Annapolis said he welcomes a review of Fire Department policy following the death of a man who had to be treated by a back-up Anne Arundel County ambulance crew because a city crew was transporting Gov. William Donald Schaefer's longtime companion, Hilda Mae Snoops, to Baltimore with the mayor's authorization.Some Annapolis residents, however, want more of an investigation, and they want it to focus on the mayor.Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins last night issued a statement and memorandum before the City Council asking for the Public Safety Committee to look at policy.
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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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