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County Board raises fee to boost EMS funding

By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

On the day that the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors proclaimed this week Emergency Medical Services Week, they backed up their words with cash.

The board Tuesday approved a resolution to increase penalties on specific moving traffic violations to help compensate emergency care providers who work on children.

"It assists emergency teams for the shortcomings involved with providing emergency services to children," District Two Supervisor Martha McClure said.

Under the resolution, $2 for every $10 collected in penalties, primarily moving traffic violations, will be put into a fund to provide money for emergency service workers who provide medical care to children. The fund will be created to reimburse physicians and hospitals to compensate for their emergency medical care.

"EMS (Emergency Medical Services) has taken a tremendous hit in funding," McClure said, "and this will help make EMS whole."

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