State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Murrayville) is pleased to announce that his legislation to help save volunteer rescue squads in rural areas of the state has been signed into law as Public Act 103-0174. The new law became effective immediately on June 30 and now allows rescue squads to fix, charge, and collect fees for rescue squad and ambulance services not exceeding the reasonable cost of the service.
“Our rural areas in Illinois need to have viable emergency services,” said Rep. Davidsmeyer. “This law allows rescue squads who are providing medical services to be able to recoup the reasonable cost of the service, similar to volunteer fire departments. Through this law, we can help to ensure that our rural areas continue to have viable emergency services. A big thank you to the Meredosia-Bluffs Rescue Squad for bringing this issue to my attention.”
This legislation was supported by the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, as well as many other emergency service providers throughout the state.