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and describing their purpose and benefits (Berman, 1997).

The USFA (1993) offers the following observations regarding alternative revenue

sources for fire and emergency medical service operations (p.161-165):

  • 1.

    Funding is a critical issue among fire and emergency medical service providers.

  • 2.

    Local fire and emergency medical service departments should evaluate the wide array of techniques available to them, and consider which might be added to their existing repertoire.

  • 3.

    Most local fire and emergency medical service departments are using a package of alternative revenue sources. Many alternative funding sources assist in dealing with inadequate taxing levels.

  • 4.

    Some funding sources come with a hidden iceberg of problems.

  • 5.

    Collection methods must be considered in adopting new fees.

  • 6.

    Fire and emergency medical departments need to be aware of state and local constraints on revenue raising.

  • 7.

    The funding crisis in local government can be used as an opportunity to rethink how fire protection and emergency medical services are delivered.

  • 8.

    The choice of funding alternatives affects the viability of the fire department.

  • 9.

    The choice of funding approaches is a major political decision of an appropriate sort in a democracy.

The Harrison Township Fire Department, in deciding whether or not to utilize the

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