Red Deer County News

Posted on: March 12, 2017

PROTECTIVE SERVICES RESPONDING TO MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS

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A short time ago, Red Deer County Protective Services began responding to motor vehicle collisions. Attending to these types of calls requires specialized equipment and training. A motor vehicle collision can require several pieces of apparatus and a vast amount of manpower to deal with the many issues these calls create. Firefighters must provide initial patient care, vehicle extrication if necessary, traffic control within the scene, and ensure the safety of everyone involved.

In many jurisdictions throughout the province the costs for these types of responses are charged back to the registered owners of the vehicles involved. Red Deer County Fire Services Bylaw gives Red Deer County the authority to invoice owners for these services. The fees attributed to these calls may vary depending on the resources needed and the duration that they may have to remain on scene.

Frequent questions asked include;

Why is the invoice not sent to the insurance company?
Invoices are not sent to insurance companies because some individuals may not want to claim the incident on their insurance. By sending the invoice directly to the registered owner, it gives the registered owners the option of paying the fees privately or submitting it to their insurance company for payment.

Why am I being billed if I didn’t cause the incident?
County protective services does not determine who is at fault when billing for a motor vehicle collision. Determination of fault is left up to the RCMP and insurance companies of the involved parties.

In some cases a billed party may forward the invoice to their insurance company for payment. If there is a concern regarding the timeline it will take for the bill to be paid, the person that was billed may contact the accounts receivable department at Red Deer County and have a note attached to their invoice.

It is important to remember that the intent of these fees is not to be punitive. Invoicing is done to ensure that the county residents are not saddled with the associated costs of responding to motor vehicle collisions. In many instances, the people involved in these calls are not county residents.

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