Fire chiefs want emergency-service fees | VailDaily.com

Fire chiefs want emergency-service fees

Kathy Heicher

EAGLE COUNTY – Fire chiefs in Eagle County say they suspect residential growth is outpacing their ability to put out fires and deal with other emergencies. That’s why they want the county to impose emergency-service fees on new housing complexes and other developments. Eagle and Gypsum already charge so-called “impact fees” for fire and ambulance service.The tax money fire and ambulance crews receive comes up short when agencies need new trucks, stations and other equipment, Gypsum Fire Chief Dave Vroman said. “It would take years to generate the money,” to build a fire station at the Two Rivers neighborhood in Dotsero, Vroman said. Vail, Colorado