The Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company contracts with a third party billing service to help recover expenses incurred while responding to emergency incidents in the Township. Providing 24/7/365 emergency services to a community is very expensive. These expenses include, but are not limited to; fuel, apparatus maintenance, licensing and fees, training, and disposable supplies. The Fire Company does not generate a profit through billing, and in fact the expenses incurred by the Fire Company on most incident responses exceed the reimbursed amount we may receive.
Yes. Many fire services across both Pennsylvania and the US bill for services rendered. To help offset the costs incurred to both the Fire Company and Athens Township, the Board of Supervisors enacted Resolution 2019-05 and Ordinance 2019-04 allowing the Fire Company to bill for services as well as billing for nuisance automatic fire alarms.
Bills for service are directed to an individuals insurance company directly. If your insurance company denies the claim, no further action is taken on the part of the Fire Company or the billing service.* On occasion your insurance company may forward the bill for service or a copy of the bill they have paid or denied to you by mail. No further action is required on your part.
*Incidents as a result of negligence, criminal activity, or in the result of multiple nuisance false alarms may be pursued for compensation of services rendered to the extent possible, including through the use of collections agencies, or the local magistrate.