City of Chehalis approves cost recovery fees for fire department services; Staff stresses fees will be charged to insurance companies

  • Source: Centralia Chronicle - Metered Site
  • Published: 11/15/2023 09:53 PM

During its meeting on Monday, the Chehalis City Council unanimously passed an ordinance creating a cost recovery program for the city’s fire department services on its second and final reading. “Residents will not be billed for these services. Only the insurance companies will be billed,” Chehalis City Manager Jill Anderson said during the meeting. A variety of Chehalis Fire Department responses — including containment and suppression of a fire, toxic or hazardous material release containment and any specialized rescues — are among the types of responses others will now be billed to insurance companies. Additionally, hourly rates charging for both personnel and vehicles at a scene are included. Chehalis Fire Chief Adam Fulbright initially proposed this ordinance during a city council meeting last month, as previously reported by The Chronicle.


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