City considers billing insurance companies for firefighter accident response | KOB 4

City considers billing insurance companies for firefighter accident response

Hawker Vanguard
May 21, 2019 07:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The City of Albuquerque says they're paying Albuquerque Fire Rescue tons of overtime, and they are trying to reduce that overhead cost. 

Mayor Tim Keller's administration wants to cash in on the crashes that AFR responds to.

There is a plan to generate $1 million in revenue by sending insurance companies a bill when AFR responds to a crash. The money raised would go towards hiring four additional firefighters for each shift, to reduce overtime costs. 

KOB 4 reached out to AFR about this method of raising money – they did not have a comment. 


On May 21, after a budget was passed, AFR released the following statement:

The intent of the cost recovery proposal is to bill the insurance company when AFR spends a significant amount of time addressing hazardous materials at an accident site. AFR would not pursue collections against individuals. Cost recovery is common among other cities and counties, and we will ensure that AFR’s policies are narrowly targeted to recover costs from insurance companies for significant work related to a specific accident that is currently being subsidized by taxpayers. 


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