Board Watch: ALS Billing; Grant Funds; Developer Fees

By December 2, 2016LACoFD News
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County Logoby Pearl Castillo

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized the Fire Chief to execute agreements with two ambulance companies and accepted grant funds from the State Homeland Security Program.

The agreements with American Medical Response and McCormick Ambulance are for Advanced Life Support (ALS) billing services, the collection of 911 dispatch fees and reimbursement for supplies used on basic life support transports with no exchange of money between the parties. The Department’s budget for 2016–17 includes $9.1 million in ALS revenue. The agreement took effect Thursday, Dec. 1, and expires Nov. 30, 2026.

In other news, the Board accepted $10.4 million in grant funds from the 2016 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) for various local agencies within the County. Of the $10.4 million, the County will use $5.2 million for various programs and administration costs. The other $5.2 million will go to local agencies, including $1.161 million for the Fire Department. The SHSP grant improves the capacity of state and local agencies to respond to, prevent, protect against, mitigate, and recover from potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

During its Nov. 22 meeting, the Board updated the Developer Fee Program and issued a proclamation.

The Developer Fee Program helps fund essential fire station facilities and equipment in the areas of urban growth. Increasing the fee amounts in unincorporated areas enables the Department to fund the development of new fire stations proportionate to the need necessitated by growth. Per the 2016 Developer Fee Update Fee Calculation Summary, developer fee rates will increase from 8 percent to 9 percent in Malibu, the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Calabasas starting Feb. 1, 2017. For more information, see the agenda item.

Finally, the Board proclaimed the month of November to be “Adoption Awareness Month” and encouraged residents to consider the benefits and rewards of adopting a waiting child by calling 888-811-1121 or visit Share Your Heart LA.