Medina increases ambulance mileage rates

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2014 at 12:00 am

Village adds $50 out-of-district surcharge

MEDINA – It will cost more to be transported in Medina ambulance and calls outside western Orleans County will soon be assessed a $50 out-of-district surcharge.

The Village Board approved raising the mileage rate for ambulance transports from $20 to $30. Medina had been on the low end for mileage rates and is now in the middle of the pack, Fire Chief Todd Zinkievich told the Village Board.

“We’re still at a respectable level,” he said.

The Fire Department has seen its calls increase outside its contract area – the Village of Medina and towns of Shelby, Yates and Ridgeway. Zinkievich said the Medina ambulance responds to calls in Albion and central Orleans, and Genesee and Niagara counties. Some ambulance squads will include surcharges for up to $100 for out-of-district work.

Zinkievich said $100 may be too high to start with. He suggested $50 and the Village Board agreed.