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Proposal: $2,100 For A Sac Fire Ride To The Hospital

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento City Fire Department has asked permission to increase the cost of a trip to the hospital by $650 .

Deputy Chief Chad Augustin says that includes a $375 increase for existing services and a new $283 "First Responder Fee."

With the additional charges, a trip to the hospital would cost $2,100.

Augustin says it has been five years since the last rate increase and the fire department routinely comes up short, even with tax-funded subsidies.

"Currently we bill around $70 million a year for ambulance transport," Augustin says. "We collect around $18 million. We have never sent anyone to collections."

The fire department is also asking the council to approve a process for the city manager to waive all or some of the fees.

Augustin says the increase would go into effect July 1. It would generate about $2 million annually.

Sac Metro Fire recently approved similar increases. Folsom and Cosumnes Fire are expected to propose increases soon.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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