Madison County may charge for Jaws of Life

  • Source: KIFI-TV ABC 8
  • Published: 12/09/2013 05:42 PM

A piece of legislation could prevent fire departments from billing you for using the Jaws of Life. Now local fire officials are trying to stop that bill from passing. For three years the Madison County Fire Department has been defending their stance that they should have the right to bill people. Today they're still fighting. Lobbyists with the auto insurance industry recently supported another bill. "We are maintaining our stance that local government should be the ones that decide whether or not a department can charge for automobile extrication or not," said Corey Child, fire chief of Madison County Fire Department. On Friday Childs took a trip to Boise to defend his stance. He said if this legislation is passed it could have an effect on fire departments in small towns. "If we're not able to bill for it in the future, we may not get the funding to purchase the equipment, and pay for the man hours to go out and get the service," said Corey Child. Right now, if you get into a car accident in Madison County and need to be extricated the fire department doesn't bill you. Child said that is because they're using extra funding to pay for it. "Nothing in our tax dollars says we're allowed to do automobile extrication with that tax money," said Child.



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