Volunteer fire departments in New York will now bill for ambulance use

  • Source: WPTZ-TV NBC 5 Plattsburgh
  • Published: 05/16/2022 12:00 AM

Assemblyman Billy Jones met with the Altona Fire Department to celebrate a new act that will save money across the state for volunteer fire departments. New York's Fair Play Ambulance Cost Recovery Act was first introduced in 2017 and is now included in the state budget for 2022-23. The act aims to help volunteer fire departments across the state recover the costs of providing ambulance services. For years, departments have been dealing with high financial losses from using their ambulances. Volunteer fire departments say this money will help them invest into life-saving equipment, maintain fast response times, and keep trucks in good condition. "We're estimating that in the first couple of years of implementation of this, $100 million will be provided for these services, for our volunteer fire departments. $3 million of it, which is going right here, to North Country volunteer fire departments," Jones said.


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