Forget your one phone call from jail. Castle Hills city leaders unanimously passed an ordinance that says you get one free phone call for EMT help once a year. It's called the First Responder's Fee. If you call 911 and EMT's respond to your house more than once in the same year, you'll be charged a $55 fine. City leaders say the goal is to recover some of the response costs, and to stop the overuse of the system...

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560 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by KikiPeepers

Should it be illegal for cities to charge citizens for 911 calls?
Forget your one phone call from jail. Castle Hills city leaders unanimously passed an ordinance that says you get one free phone call for EMT help once a year. It's called the First Responder's Fee. If you call 911 and EMT's respond to your house more than once in the same year, you'll be charged a $55 fine. City leaders say the goal is to recover some of the response costs, and to stop the overuse of the system...

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13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/17/09 - 11:01:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Stupid is not enough to describe such communist decisions, but we all know the system is f*cked up, so who the f*ck's to blame? F*ck the system!
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/17/09 - 11:03:41 PM EST (GMT-5)

I think it's a good idea.

$35 is definitely worth your life, so it wouldn't make me hesitate to call if needed, but this way there will be less prank calls and people calling simply because the neighbor's music is too loud.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/17/09 - 11:55:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, it should be illegal
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:07:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
i allready paid mine *speeding ticket* wah hoo!
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:57:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
We pay for the service through our tax dollars already- - I don't see anything wrong with charging those who call 911 in non-emergency situations, particularly if they are doing it for a second or third time...
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:02:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
that sucks
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:09:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
And what if a poor family has more than one emergency per year?
What if someone has two heart attacks in a year?
What if someone has some other dire medical condition that imposes several emergencies a year?
Why should they be punished?
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:12:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:09:12 PM womersley wrote:
And what if a poor family has more than one emergency per year? What if someone has two heart attacks in a year? What if someone has some other dire medical condition that imposes several emergencies a year? Why should they be punished?


They aren't being punished- - they just being asked to pay for the service that they use. Someone has to pay for the services- - what's so unfair about charging people more if they use it more?


13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:13:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Guess what. In America, medical care isn't free. Odds are, when you call the ambulance, you and/or your insurance company are already being charged hundreds or thousands of dollars. So this is really nothing new.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:26:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:09:12 PM womersley wrote:
And what if a poor family has more than one emergency per year? What if someone has two heart attacks in a year? What if someone has some other dire medical condition that imposes several emergencies a year? Why should they be punished?
On Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:12:11 PM CowDung wrote:
They aren't being punished- - they just being asked to pay for the service that they use. Someone has to pay for the services- - what's so unfair about charging people more if they use it more?

Isn't it already paid for with taxes?
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:30:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
It seems that the costs are more than the taxes can cover.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:34:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ah. Maybe if they only charged the non emergency calls.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:57:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, because then poor people cannot call 911.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 2:22:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
charging emergency calls really does show how desperate some people can get.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/18/09 - 4:39:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 2/17/09 - 11:01:51 PM GNSSJ7 wrote:
Stupid is not enough to describe such communist decisions, but we all know the system is f*cked up, so who the f*ck's to blame? F*ck the system!


Do you even know what Communism is? If it really were Communist we wouldn't be charged for anything offered by the government FFS
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/1/09 - 5:11:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 2/17/09 - 11:01:51 PM GNSSJ7 wrote:
Stupid is not enough to describe such communist decisions, but we all know the system is f*cked up, so who the f*ck's to blame? F*ck the system!
I agree with GNSSJ7
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/1/09 - 5:11:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 2/17/09 - 11:01:51 PM GNSSJ7 wrote:
Stupid is not enough to describe such communist decisions, but we all know the system is f*cked up, so who the f*ck's to blame? F*ck the system!
On Sunday 3/1/09 - 5:11:12 PM JonThom363 wrote:
I agree with GNSSJ7

Except for the communist part, that's not communist.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/1/09 - 5:18:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:12:11 PM CowDung wrote:
They aren't being punished- - they just being asked to pay for the service that they use. Someone has to pay for the services- - what's so unfair about charging people more if they use it more?


They ARE being punished. And the services are ALREADY paid for through taxes. This is asking them to pay twice.

What if you lived in a high crime area? Having to pay to get the cops out because the authorities have failed to reduce crime?
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/1/09 - 5:20:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
"To protect and serve - if you can afford it"
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/1/09 - 5:25:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
For genuine calls, there should be no charge. For false alarms and calls which do not require urgent attention, I'm perfectly fine with a charge being put in place.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/1/09 - 7:42:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's f*cking ridiculous.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/1/09 - 7:53:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Considering that the time I rode on an ambulance in L.A. every single one of the calls we received was total BS, I'm ok with them charging for it.

Maybe it will discourage people calling because they took the recommended dose of NyQuil and think they're ODing or because there is a homeless person asleep on their lawn.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/1/09 - 9:12:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/18/09 - 12:12:11 PM CowDung wrote:
They aren't being punished- - they just being asked to pay for the service that they use. Someone has to pay for the services- - what's so unfair about charging people more if they use it more?
On Sunday 3/1/09 - 5:18:13 PM Brunnen_G wrote:
They ARE being punished. And the services are ALREADY paid for through taxes. This is asking them to pay twice. What if you lived in a high crime area? Having to pay to get the cops out because the authorities have failed to reduce crime?


There's a shortfall in the funding- - taxes aren't enough to cover the actual costs. The choices are raising taxes or charging the people that use the service more than usual...


12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/12/09 - 9:18:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes! i mean really, someone in a life threatening situation, and then you get charged for trying to save their life?
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/12/09 - 9:24:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
People who dial 911 for legitimate reasons shouldn't be charged, but idiots who call in non-emergency situations should be fined. I would fine them more than $55.

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