Deerfield Fire Department


        THE NEED TO BILL FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE


        Deerfield Fire Department has a roster of up to 30 members. In the 1950’s through the 1980’s there was a waiting list of people wanting to join. Membership request slowly declined to where in the last five years we are struggling to maintain 20 members. Our surrounding Departments are having the same problem. In 2003 Palmyra was so short during the day time hours that they began hiring part time people to man the station during the day hours. Deerfield adopted Palmyra’s plan in the year 2004. Tax income in not enough to pay emergency responders. We were forced with asking for more tax support which is very unpopular or establishing a fee for ambulance service. We choose a fee structure because that way everyone pays tax to support the purchase of equipment and training and those that use the service pay a service fee. Deerfield uses a “soft billing” plan Deerfield Fire Department receives funding from multiple sources.

        Yearly income:

        Tax Supplement to operating budget. . . . . . . . . . .$60,000/year

        Ambulance Billing  to operating budget. .  . . . . . . .$35,000/year

        Tax Supplement to capital improvement budget. . .$70,000/year

        Donations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$500

        Fundraising (bake sales, calendars, ect.) . . . . . . . $3,000




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