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January 1, 2021
The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company has just completed its twelfth year of providing emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors of the Bethany Beach Fire District and surrounding communities. Our call volume remains consistent, with our ambulance service answering over 1,000 calls for service a year. We have explored, and continue to explore and implement every possible advancement the State of Delaware Emergency Medical Services Protocols allow. We are very proud of our ability to answer your call for help, delivering the competent and compassionate care your family expects and deserves.
The busy summer months place additional stress on our EMS delivery system. We hire additional Firefighter/EMT’s to staff additional ambulances to meet our increased call demands. Station 70 now operates three ambulances to ensure an adequate number of ambulances are available to respond to calls for service.
The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company needs your help in meeting this financial need. 2020’s Coronavirus Pandemic has caused a decrease (approximately 20%) of our County and State funding but the costs to operate our EMS service continues to increase. The Coronavirus caused a decline in our call volume, however costs to run calls has increased with the need for extra personal protective equipment (PPE). We know funds are tight for everyone so we decided to keep the cost of the subscription the same hoping this allows for continued support by our community. The cost to purchase an ambulance subscription membership remains at $53 per household. Again, we need your financial support so we can continue to provide the very best EMS service for our community.
Participation has another benefit beyond supporting this critical community need. The average cost of an ambulance run to area hospitals is $1,000 and insurance typically covers only half that amount. We then bill the patient for the difference. If you are a subscriber we will not bill you, your family or guest (even renters) for any amounts not covered by insurance. Please join us, the community contributors, contributing home owner associations, and current subscribers in making this undertaking as economical and equitable as possible.
Check with your neighbors and encourage their participation. If they did not receive a subscription packet, please have them contact the fire station. If you have any questions or wish additional information please do not hesitate to contact EMS Chief Phil Brackin at [email protected] Please remember to fill out all indicated required fields on the Ambulance Subscription Form or we will not be able to apply coverage to your requested area.
Best wishes for a safe 2021,
Phil Brackin Justin Norman Shane Truitt Jack Martin
EMS Chief President Fire Chief Treasurer
If your property lies within the boundaries of the Incorporated Towns of Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, or the communities of Sea Colony, Middlesex Beach, Bethany Village, Breakwater Beach, Cotton Patch, The Cove, Gulls Nest, Heron Bay, Kings Grant, Ocean Breezes, Ocean Ridge, Ocean Village, Pelicans Pouch, Queens Quest, The Preserve, Sea Break, SeaDel, South Shore, Sussex Shores or Watermark you may disregard this solicitation- you are already enrolled.