My 2 cents : The County has to pay their Firemen regardless if they are on a call for help or not. Thus, all we should owe is for the fuel used for the emergency response. Moreover, Port Orange taxpayers already pay for a good portion of the total county payroll & fuel. That should be taken into consideration on any billing. Sounds like double-dipping the Port Orange Taxpayers to me.
Pursuant to our meeting, continued use of a revenue based charge for services is neither feasible nor based on actual costs for services provided. In the last fiscal year, the service provision by Port Orange to unincorporated areas was as follows:
Medical responses under the EMS ordinance 70 total hours 23.1
Other EMS and fire responses 31 total hours 9.4
Volusia County Fire Services responses into Port Orange
Medical responses under the EMS ordinance 109 total hours 38.8
Other EMS and fire responses 35 total hours 13.6
The County proposes a base price for readiness to serve of $50,000 per year. Base cost to be paid in one sum at the beginning of the fiscal year or upon agreement.
Costs related to non-emergency EMS and fire responses would be based on the hourly FEMA rates for personnel and equipment. For one piece of equipment and two fire fighters and a lieutenant, the hourly rate is $153.15. We would round the hourly rate to $200/hour to accommodate a range of actual salaries. Service charges would be paid quarterly. The County would deduct a credit for its services to the City.
If these terms are acceptable we will prepare interlocal agreements accordingly. If you have an alternative approach based on cost for service we are open to discussion.