GWGVFD Opposes Ambulance Fees
The Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department is opposed to any plan to begin charging a user fee for services which this department has been providing free of charge for more than eighty-three years.
Ambulance fees impose an additional burden on County residents, and have the potential for discouraging residents, particularly the elderly and those without adequate insurance, from calling 9-1-1 in a life-threatening emergency.
By communicating your views now, before it is too late, you may be able to help prevent these fees from being slipped into the upcoming County budget by the County Executive. Please consider calling one of the following officials to express your opposition:
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett can be reached by calling 240-777-2500; or call Montgomery County Fire Chief Thomas Carr at 240-777-2400.
Previous proposals to charge an ambulance fee of $350 or more have in the past been rejected by the public and by the County Council. However, County officials responsible for generating new revenues are once again trying to insert a fee into next year’s County budget. Such a fee has many hidden costs, that Montgomery County residents should not be willing to pay.
Please call Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Fire Chief Thomas Carr to express your opposition to the ambulance fee proposal.
The The Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department thanks you for your support.