Discussions of charging for Youngstown Fire Department services continue

  • Source: WFMJ-TV Youngstown NBC 21
  • Published: 09/25/2019 09:48 PM

The conversation about charging residents and non-residents for emergency services involving the Youngstown Fire Department continued Wednesday night. Members of the Youngstown finance committee say crashes, hazmat incidents and arson investigations would fall under this umbrella. If the party at fault lives in the city, their insurance would pay. But if they weren't a resident, they would be charged and maybe have to pay out of pocket. For some members, that raises some concerns. "It also deters people from perhaps coming down for entertainment purposes, or people coming to visit their family. And if something devastating happens, like a car accident while they're here, I don't think that we should also be slapping them with some out of pocket costs," said Lauren McNally, the finance committee president. They say other cities in Ohio bill for those types of services.


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