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Fire Officials Want Insurance Companies To Pay Up

Some Pike County firefighters want insurance companies to pay up.

They say ambulance services and other agencies are reimbursed after working car accidents, but they're left out.

Firemen say the majority of their calls aren't actually for fires, but car accidents.

"Go out and use the jaws of life and direct traffic, and use absorbents and stuff," Randy Courtney said.

Fire officials say the departments buy their own equipment, so sometimes they lose money responding to car accidents.

"There's some fire departments that run 5, 6, 8 wrecks a day and by the time you do that, you're talking 150-200 dollars a day in bags of oil dry, time, and diesel," Courtney said.

Firemen say the driver's insurance company will pay ambulances and other agencies, but not them.

"They've stated that unless there's an ordinance or a state KRS on it, they're not going to pay," Courtney said.

So now county lawmakers are proposing an ordinance requiring companies to pay up.

"Hopefully, this will give them a chance to recover some costs," Charles Maynard said.

Fire officials say it won't cost insured policy holders anything extra, the money will come from the insurance companies.

"It'll just be billing insurance companies because it is already in your policy. It doesn't raise your policy or anything. It's actually already in there," Maynard said.

Firemen say they'll always respond to car accidents. They just want the insurance companies to pay what's owed to them.

Pike County fire officials say they will talk to state legislators about a possible statewide law requiring insurance companies to reimburse all Kentucky fire departments.


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