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Napa City Council Votes to Update City Fees and Add Fees for Emergency Medical Services | Local News

By on October 24, 2021 0

“Basically what we’re doing is creating a capacity to charge the insurance company to recover some of the costs,” board member Bernie Narvaez said at the meeting.

Erik Mortimore, captain of the Napa Fire Department and vice-president of Local 3124 of the City of Napa Firefighters Association, urged city council to approve the fee because the funds generated by it are “desperately required”.

Mortimore said in his 16 years as a firefighter, he had seen the service’s emergency call volume more than double. At the same time, the ministry’s training and equipment costs have skyrocketed, and there has been little or no change in the funding that supports these costs, he said.

“We work in a very demanding and ever-changing environment that requires a high level of training and the right equipment to serve our community in times of need,” said Mortimore. “Currently, we are doing this with obsolete equipment that needs to be repaired. Due to a lack of funding, our leader often has to make difficult decisions between training or replacing equipment.

While council members all supported the new emergency response fee, they were divided over whether to move forward with the city’s user fee update.

Council members Mary Luros and Liz Alessio said they were concerned about how rising construction costs might discourage development in Napa.


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