Cost-conscious residents often ask why a fire truck accompanies an ambulance on nonfire medical calls, he said.
According to Hatfield, advanced care requires two medical personnel to staff the rear of the ambulance after they pick up the patient.
With the ambulance driver thus occupied, someone from the fire truck moves into the driver’s seat in the ambulance. Small departments have limited staffing, so if a fire call were to come in and they did not have the fire truck with them, they would be delayed getting to the fire, he said.
Today, rates in Foxborough are $1,360.94 for basic life support, $1,938.12 for Level 1 advanced life support, and $3,326.48 for Level 2. Mileage is $44.63.
Along with the increase, though, the town reduced the number of a la carte costs, bringing some items, such as electrocardiograms and oxygen, into the base rates, instead of “nickel-and-diming” the public, the chief said.
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