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Need Help from Flossmoor Fire? Department Charges Some for Its Services

The Flossmoor Fire Department is one of 15 in the suburbs that charges for its help.

Should motorists driving through Flossmoor be involved in an accident, they might have more to pay than the repairs for their car.

The Flossmoor Fire Department is one of more than a dozen in the suburbs that will charge non-residents for services provided during an incident, report NBC5 and the Better Government Association.

At least 15 Chicago-area fire departments now charge fees for responding to accidents and vehicle fires. Approximately half of the departments began the billing practice last year as an alternative source of revenue. Most will be charged flat rates or flat fees for the services. 

Other departments that charge include: Alsip, Berkeley, Blue Island, Broadview, Calumet Park, Chicago Heights, Forest View, Hillside, Maywood, Midlothian, North Palos Fire Protection District, Roberts Park Fire Protection District, Stone Park and Westchester, according to the report. 

Departments have been allowed to charge for services since 1996. Some departments' billing practices are questionable, said an investigator with the BGA.

"They bill per firefighter and they bill per engine so it raises questions as to whether or not they are billing for the services that are actually needed on the scene," said BGA investigator Katie Drews.


>>via NBC5
Doug July 10, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Hard to believe that residents would have to pay anything considering the taxes we have to pay.
Deb Hartung July 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM
The article specifically says non-residents are charged.
Rick July 11, 2014 at 04:54 PM
I am a Flossmoor resident and was charged for an ambulance response for a heart attack.
Doug July 12, 2014 at 04:18 PM
I understand. I understand. I guess I needed to be more specific.
OL July 13, 2014 at 01:54 AM
Drag the body or push the car to the next village or city that does not charge. :-p

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