Hearing Notice - First Responder Fee

Updated October 24, 2018

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF A PROPOSED RESOLUTION ADOPTING A FIRST RESPONDER FEE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTIONS 66016 AND 66018, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the Board of Directors for the Wilton Fire Protection District will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. or soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, at the Wilton Fire Protection District, 9800 Dillard Road, Wilton, California 95693. At the public hearing, the Board of Directors will consider the adoption of a resolution for a first responder fee authorized under the Health and Safety Code Section 13916 and Government Code Section 66016 for emergency medical services.

At the public hearing, the Board of Directors will receive oral and written testimony regarding the proposed adoption of fees. Written comments may be filed at any time prior to conclusion of the public hearing. Written comments should be addressed to the attention of the Clerk of the Board at the following address: Wilton Fire Protection District, 9800 Dillard Road, Wilton, California 95693.

If you challenge the fees adopted pursuant to the resolution in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Wilton Fire Protection District at, or prior to, the public hearing.

The proposed resolution and any related documentation, including the data required by Government Code Section 66016, are available for public review at the Wilton Fire Protection District, 9800 Dillard Road, Wilton, California 95693. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Fire Chief Jeffery Cookson at 916.687.6920 .

FAQ - First Responder Fee

  • 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.