Emergency response fee

In the United States, an emergency response fee, also known as fire department chargefire department service chargeaccident response fee,[1][2] accident fee,[3] Traffic Infraction Accident Fee,[4] ambulance fee,[5] etc., and pejoratively as a crash tax[6] is a fee for emergency services such as firefighting, emergency medical services, environmental response, etc., performed by a local fire department, EMTs, police department, etc., at the scene of a structure fire, wildfire, traffic collision, or other emergency, billed afterward to the surviving property owner or owner(s), operator(s) of the vehicle(s) involved, and/or their insurance companies.

Many states and localities have approved these fees. Many states and localities prohibit these fees.[7]

Some fire departments charge small and large fees for firefighting.[8] Some bill the survivors, some bill the insurance companies of the survivors.[9]

Some fire departments charge an advance fire subscription fee for fire protection. They often do not fight fires that are not covered, refusing offers of back payment.[10][11]

The fees are controversial, with multiple arguments for and against.[12]


  1. ^com
  2. ^Accident response fee sparks debate, Toledo Blade
  3. ^Accident fee is not a ‘crash tax’ — FDNY, Queens Chronicle
  4. ^Washington State Courts:Cost Fee Codes – JIS-Link
  5. ^This man’s 2-mile ambulance ride cost $2,700. Is that normal?
  6. ^Accident Victims Increasingly Being Hit Again — With ‘Crash Taxes’, Fox News US
  7. ^Pennsylvania prohibits accident response fees | Search Autoparts
  8. ^Arizona Firefighters Charge Family Nearly $20,000 After Home Burns Down | HuffPost
  9. ^Fire Department Bills for Basic Services Horrify Residents, Insurance Companies – ABC News
  10. ^No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn – US news – Life | NBC News
  11. ^Fire Subscription Services: A Legal and Moral Conundrum – Fire Engineering
  12. ^A Crash. A Call for Help. Then, a Bill. – The New York Times

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