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South Pasadena : Emergency Fees May Rise

The City Council will consider raising fees for the Fire Department’s paramedic services by nearly 30% to recover a greater percentage of its cost.

Fire Chief Bart E. Carroll told the council last week that paramedic services operated at a loss of more than $200,000 last year. Expenditures in 1990 topped $303,000, although revenues were about $101,000, Carroll said.

Currently, the Fire Department charges $271.50 for a typical emergency call requiring transportation to a hospital. Carroll suggested that the fee be raised to $350.

The council agreed to consider the proposed fee hikes at its first meeting in November.

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