Both Gloucester and Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue squads currently do not bill for their services. However, Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad Chief J.D. Clements said there has been some talk recently in the community about whether the squads should begin billing residents’ insurance companies for calls they respond to in order to help their revenue streams.
Gloucester County Administrator Brent Fedors said the decision whether to bill for services is ultimately up to the volunteer fire and rescue companies. “As they are non-governmental entities, the county is not a party to their decision-making processes,” he said.
According to Fedors, the topic has come up in discussion between him and Clements. “But the conversation stopped short of making any recommendation with regards to decisions that the departments may make regarding the matter.”
However, Gloucester County does provide a large percentage of the volunteer companies’ budgets...
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