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Information Meeting about Friendswood EMS changes
News Release
Monday, November 26, 2018

Friendswood residents are invited to an informational meeting, Tuesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. in the Kenneth Camp Fire Station-Training Room at 1610 Whitaker Drive. Officials from the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Medical Services and the City Fire Marshal’s Office will explain future changes to the cost of ambulance services. Emergicon Emergency Medical Consultants, who will handle billing services for the EMS, will also be attending the meeting. 

The City’s adopted budget for fiscal year 2018–2019 includes $1.8 million, provided by taxes paid by Friendswood residents and other revenue sources for Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services. - At this time, EMS services are provided at no additional cost to residents with one exception: when the number of simultaneous calls for service in Friendswood exceeds the number of FVFD ambulances available, a neighboring city ambulance responds to the Friendswood call. Neighboring cities, or the ambulance service providers, bill Friendswood residents for that service.  Conversely, if a FVFD ambulance responds to a mutual aid call outside of the City (for another jurisdiction), neither the individual being served nor the outside agency is billed.

City Council has decided that beginning in mid-January 2019, Friendswood residents will be billed for EMS services provided by FVFD. The billing services will be handled by Emergicon Emergency Medical Consultants. FVFD firefighting services will continue to be provided at no additional cost beyond the $1.8 million dollars included in the annual budget.

Implementation of the EMS billing system will not replace the need for the $6 donations. The $6 donations provide partial support for FVFD firefighting and EMS to purchase new fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency equipment, not EMS operations. The new EMS billing offsets only part of the operational cost of the EMS services provided by FVFD.

If you have questions about the informational meeting, please contact the City of Friendswood Fire Marshal’s Office at 281-996-3335.

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