Wash. county may charge for nonemergency 9-1-1 EMS calls

03/12/2013 | KIMA-TV (Yakima, Wash.)

Kittitas County in Washington is considering charging $250 for emergency medical service 9-1-1 calls that do not result in ambulance transport. Officials say they do not want to discourage people from using 9-1-1 in an emergency, but they do want to cut down on nonemergency calls, some linked to drug and alcohol use, because less than 50% of all calls to fire crews result in hospital transport.

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KIMA-TV (Yakima, Wash.)

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