NJ firefighters may start charging for services

Some fire departments in the Garden State are considering charging for their services to make up for their high costs.Green Brook Fire Chief Richard Connolly

WATCHUNG - Some fire departments in the Garden State are considering charging for their services to make up for their high costs.

Green Brook Fire Chief Richard Connolly says that every call costs money. He says that the money goes to "the equipment, wear and tear, purchases and maintenance for protective clothing."

Chief Connolly says this year it's getting harder to pay for it all. He also says he wants to go after insurance companies to replace expensive materials they use at hazmat calls. Watchung Fire Chief Skip Bell tells News 12 New Jersey that his department is looking into billing residents for certain services when they are at fault. He has been asked by borough administrators to create an ordinance to be submitted to councilmembers. As of now, no hearing dates have been set.

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