The County Board of Supervisors approved a 10% fee increase Tuesday for three ambulance companies that operate under a contract with the county.
The new rates apply to Ojai Ambulance Service, Pruner Health Services and Oxnard Ambulance Service Inc. The fee for emergency transportation increases from $232.50 to $256 and non-emergency transportation goes from $175 to $193. The charge for ambulance paramedics goes from $250 to $275.
The new fees are effective immediately.
The companies sought the increases because of rising fuel costs and higher employee costs.
The board last approved an increase for the companies in May, 1989, when fees jumped 22% in what was the first increase in five years.