FAQ - First Responder Fee

Updated March 8, 2019

  • 1. What is the First Responder Fee?
  • A First Responder Fee is charged to insurance companies of patients who are treated or evaluated by Wilton Fire Protection District Firefighters for medical service.
  • 2. Why have I received a First Responder Fee bill?
  • You have received this bill because the Wilton Fire Protection District responded to a 9-1-1 call from you or someone representing you and a medical assessment was performed.
  • 3. Do I need to pay the bill?
  • No, the bill has also been sent directly to your insurance company. The copy you have received in the mail is for information only.
  • 4. Do I need to pay a portion of the bill if my insurance does not cover the entire balance?
  • No, the Fire District will utilize a compassionate billing concept and accept any payment by an insurance company as the full payment for the First Responder Fee obligation.
  • 5. What if I do not have insurance?
  • There is no out-of-pocket expense for patients receiving services from the Fire District, even if the patient is uninsured.
  • 6. What are the fees based on?
  • The $317 fee is based on cost recovery for providing Emergency Medical Services to patients on calls. This amount was calculated based on a comprehensive fee study considering the costs associated with maintaining our EMS program.
  • 7. Don't my taxes cover this service?
  • The principle rationale for a First Responder Fee is that local government fire district services have expanded well beyond the traditional fire suppression generally supported by property taxes. The change in balance from fire suppression to medical services has shifted the rationale for financing fire district operations from primarily property-related taxes to a combination of property taxes and user fees.