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'First responder fee' is a backward response to changing duties of urban fire departments

'First responder fee' is a backward response to changing duties of urban fire departments

If you start to have shortness of breath while driving through Long Beach, you might want to keep driving before you call 911. Having a medical emergency inside the city limits could be especially pricey starting this week. On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council approved a “fire first responder fee” of $250 to help plug a general fund hole. This fee will be charged to people who are treated or evaluated by Long Beach firefighters for medical service. This is on top of the ambulance transport fee the city already charges. The new fee is expected to raise $1.8 million a year, minus the $200,000 it would cost to hire staff to bill and collect from...

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