DANVILLE — Members of the Fire Division Sustainability Committee have come up with their first recommendation.
A majority of committee members this week approved a flat $25 fee for any ambulance and emergency medical services run inside the city.
Committee chairwoman Jan Ostiguy said this means Medix Ambulance, Carle Arrow Ambulance and any EMS entity that operates within the city would be charged $25 for every call they run inside the city limits. The committee’s recommendations will go to the city council in the fall.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer pointed out that unlike the EMS response fee that was proposed during city budget discussions earlier this year that would have charged a fee every time the fire department responded, this fee would be charged to the responding EMS entity regardless of any response from the fire department. The fee would be on private business.
Ostiguy said she’s not sure how the fee would be assessed.
Committee members also discussed having the fire department run all EMS calls in the city.
Committee member and firefighter Richard Ervin also presented material on how Fire Station No. 1 on Seminary Street and Fire Station No. 3 on Griffin Street could be combined and centered in the city to reduce the city’s four stations to three.
Other material and ideas the committee has been reviewing include: the fire department has had nine mutual aid calls from 2011 to present; the option of paid on-call and independent contracting for part-time firefighters; the possibility of charging fees for lifting, extracting and non-emergency related calls; the need to replace the fire department’s training facility; immediate needs of the department of a rescue pumper, mobile command and fire engine; no reserve apparatus; fire division manning per capita and square mile; current department manning at 51 with minimum manning at 13 and shift manning at 17; no fire prevention officer; no replacement plan for apparatus; restore traffic crash dispatches; and advertising on fire trucks as a possible revenue source.