PPC 3 applies to all properties within the Manteno Fire Protection Service Area that are within 5 road miles from the closest recognized responding fire station; including the listed recognized Automatic Aid Fire Department Fire Stations. PPC 10 applies to all properties within Manteno Fire Protection Service Area that are beyond 5 road miles from the closest recognized responding fire station.ISO Mitigation
Everyone has a perspective! Although it may be created from a feeling or observation, it may not tell the whole story. Understanding the who, what, where, why and how is important in determining the foundation of a perspective. In this section, we have provided several questions with answers regarding topics we are asked about frequently.
If there is something you would like to learn about in more detail, please contact Chief Scott O’Brien.
The total cost of ambulance services rendered will depend on the level of service provided appropriate to the person’s needs, as judged necessary by the paramedics on the scene in consulting with the nearby hospital’s emergency room physician.
Individual fees for materials or services rendered during an ambulance call will be itemized and provided to the insurance company along with the invoice. Although the ambulance fees assessed to residents do not cover the cost of services provided, the published fee schedule as provided by Medicare and Medicaid is used as a guide in order to minimize the cost to residents who contribute to the fire district through real estate taxes and donations.
Real estate tax proceeds only provide a portion of the revenue needed to provide our residents with professional fire, medical and rescue services.
We are very fortunate to have these full time professional services in a community our size, especially since we are an average of 15 – 20 minutes from the nearest hospital.
Many of the surrounding fire departments, as well as the private ambulances have an ambulance service fee in place.
Communities have realized the value of assessing this user fee as a means of defraying the costs of providing the highest quality emergency medical care to you and your family.
After you have received ambulance service, Andres Medical may contact you to obtain specific insurance information.
Your insurance carrier (or Medicare, if applicable) will be invoiced for the ambulance service. You will receive an Explanation of Benefits (E.O.B.) from your insurance company explaining the portion of the ambulance service fee that they will pay. Any portion of the ambulance service fee in excess of the cost paid for by your insurer will be considered a co-payment amount.
Ordinance 2020-005 was passed establishing a fee of $ 1,200.00 for basic life support (BLS) ambulance calls and $1,800.00 for non-resident BLS calls. These fees only apply to those who are transported by the Manteno Community Fire Protection District to the nearest hospital.
Advance Life Support (ALS) ambulance service fee calls, those requiring more extensive emergency care, are $ 1,200.00 for residents and $1,800.00+ for non-residents. Along with the ambulance service (transport) fees, the following itemized expenses may be applied if applicable to the emergency response:
These fees will be billed and collected by Andres Medical Billing. Most insurance companies (medicare and non-resident medicare providers) have agreed to pay out benefits on behalf of their customers in order to cover the cost of pre-hospital emergency care (ambulance service). We provide the following services free of charge to residents:
A Red Flag Warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. After drought conditions, and when humidity is very low, and especially when high or erratic winds which may include lightning are a factor, the Red Flag Warning becomes a critical statement for firefighting agencies, which often alter their staffing and equipment resources dramatically to accommodate the forecast risk. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.
The weather criteria for fire weather watches and red flag warnings varies with each Weather Service Office’s warning area based on the local vegetation type, topography, and distance from major water sources but usually includes the daily vegetation moisture content calculations, expected afternoon high temperature, afternoon minimum relative humidity and daytime wind speed.
Red Flag criteria occurs whenever a geographical area has been in a dry spell for a week or two, or for a shorter period , if before spring green-up or after fall color, and the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is high to extreme and the following forecast weather parameters are forecasted to be met:
In some states, dry lightning and unstable air are criteria. A Fire Weather Watch may be issued prior to the Red Flag Warning.
Outdoor burning bans may also be proclaimed by local law and fire agencies based on Red Flag Warnings.
A separate but less imminent forecast may include a Fire Weather Watch, which is issued to alert fire and land management agencies to the possibility that Red Flag conditions may exist beyond the first forecast period (12 hours). The watch is issued generally 12 to 48 hours in advance of the expected conditions, but can be issued up to 72 hours in advance if the NWS agency is reasonably confident. The term “Fire Weather Watch” is headlined in the routine forecast and issued as a product. That watch then remains in effect until it expires, is canceled, or upgraded to a Red Flag Warning.
We always encourage residents to call 9-1-1 for emergency help!
Residents who do not benefit from privately held health care insurance, and do not qualify for medicare or medicaid, will be assessed the Ambulance Service Fee as per the ordinance.
Please call Chief Scott O’Brien (815) 468-7100 with insurance concerns or questions about payment if you do not have insurance, medicare or medicaid.
For Fire District Residents, please inquire about complimentary safety inspections, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, weather radios and rural address signs.
Contact Fire Chief Scott O’Brien at 815.468.7100.
It is recommended every 10 years for smoke alarms and 6 years for Carbon monoxide alarms, and at least once a year for the batteries in those alarms.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has a schedule for collection dates and a listing of collection facilities in Illinois.
You must be at least 18 years of age, in good physical condition (able to pass a medical test and physical agility test) and live within the fire district. Once you have completed the application process, passed the background and physical requirements, you will be placed in an orientation program.
Please contact Battalion Chief Richard Petersen for further information.
Our full-time firefighters & officers are also paramedics and can respond to medical emergencies when the other ambulances are not available due to multiple calls. Or the nature of the call may warrant additional assistance and the engine will follow the ambulance to assist with patient care. The Engines and Command Cars are equipment with medical equipment to assist the paramedics in providing EMS care until an ambulance arrives to transport.
The property taxes collected are not sufficient to fund all of the services that are being requested of the fire district. And each year, the demand for emergent services increases as does overall costs.
Daily care and attention by our firefighters, as well as the fire district prioritizing the maintenance and care of the units, as safety and reliability are very important in providing an emergent service to our community. Our Tower Ladder (T79) is 20 years old, our Squad (Sq. 78) is 26 years old, our boat is over 40 years old and our two engines are 14 years (E75) and 10 (E75) years old.
Your emergent call may have been one of many during a given period, which exhausted the availability of our ambulances and paramedics. We assist our neighboring communities when they request assistance and in turn they assist us when we are in need of additional resources. As such, you will receive an ambulance bill from that respective fire districts billing agency.
This fee has become necessary as the frequency of non-emergent lift assist calls has greatly increased. We have residents who call 9-1-1 20+ times a year. They were not injured, they just needed help up. This is not what the 9-1-1 system was designed for!
We will continue to provide lifting assistance, but with the limited resources available during a given day, the call for a lift assist may cause a delay to an emergent situation. An average lift assist consumes 20- 30 minutes (response time to and from the scene, patient care & documentation). If we received one call at a time, this would not be an issue. But we regularly experience multiple calls (34% of the time), thus creating a possible delay to the next emergent call that occurs. This is the situation we are trying to avoid.
We recommend working with social services and other local assistance organizations to find the right level of affordable care.
In the administrative functions, it is run like a business as we maximize efficiencies, minimize expenses, seek additional sources of revenue and utilize data to make informed decisions. But operationally, this is more difficult. Here are a few examples:
Redundancy – is having the resources in place to quickly respond to the next emergency.
Both terms involve being prepared with the proper equipment and necessary training. We have heard the comment “the firefighters are just hanging around.” This is a good thing as it means we are available for your emergency. And with the demands of preparation (mandated training, maintaining proficiency & ensuring the equipment is ready) and on-going calls, they don’t just hang around much anymore. In business, availability represents under-utilized resources and would be adjusted to be maximized as they would seek out the identified opportunity. A business has hours of operation, our is 24/7. And we must be able to respond to an emergency that we don’t know about until it’s called in. A business has planned production. If the public would schedule their emergencies, it would make our ability to respond more efficient.
Availability is also determined by the distant to respond and the distance to the hospital. The further away the emergency from the fire station, the longer it takes for the resources to get back into service after the calls completed. It costs more money when we place stations, equipment and firefighters equally across an area. And in a less densely populated area, there probably would not be enough tax revenue to cover the costs. A business would consolidate locations and equipment, but in doing this would create a longer response. In addition, when we are 20-25 minutes away from a hospital, it takes the ambulance crew longer to complete the call. So additional resources are needed to meet the demand. It would be more efficient if we were 5 minutes from the hospital. A call for us is not the same as a call for a fire district in closer proximity to the hospital.
Availability is also affected by our neighboring districts/departments staffing levels, call volume and budgets. Our system has worked well as one helps the other when one is busy, it is hoped we are not all busy at the same time. This reciprocation allows us to operate in a smaller capacity vs. operating at the projected maximum community service need.
Redundancy provides us with the ability to handle more than one call at a time. When we run one call, 36% of the time we will run another and another. This has occurred up to 9 calls at a time, but many times it 2, 3 or 4 calls in a row. We staff three ambulances, so we can handle three in a row, if we are not responding to an MVA, structure fire or other manpower intensive incidents. When we don’t have the necessary staffing & equipment to handle the requested volume, we ask our neighbors for assistance. And when they incur an increased service demand, we reciprocate by helping them too. This practice works as our peak demands don’t usually occur at the same time. Without this redundancy, we would need 9 ambulances and 54 paramedics to meet that call volume demand vs. the 3 ambulances we do operate and 22 paramedics that we employ now. If we lose this redundancy, the wait times for the next available ambulance may be 30-45 minutes.
We must remember that redundancy is the enemy of efficiency in the business world, and it is what cost cutting & consolidation efforts focus on to justify the savings. It may be a savings, but is it worth the cost? Many medical emergencies require (such as CVA’s and traumas (falls, MVA’s) required quick responses. Brain injury occurs within 5 minutes of reduced or no oxygen. The first 911 caller receives the service they expected, but what about caller #2, #3, etc.… And is the Fire District fulfilling their mission at this point?
Proximity, redundancy, and availability are key to optimizing an emergency response, this is counter to corporate resource efficiency.
To discuss & develop sustainable solutions, we must understand the mission of our fire district and the daily demands placed on us to achieve the mission for our community. Although we have provided several examples of why we perform the way we do, it is not all encompassing. We encourage you to contact Fire Chief Scott O’Brien to discuss any issues, questions, or concerns about our service delivery model that we utilize to meet the needs of our community.