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Ambulance rates may increase in Rapid City

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Rapid City's fire department is seeing a record number of calls, and now they're asking for funds to help handle them all.
 
The legal and finance committee approved a 3% ambulance rate hike Wednesday.  That puts the price of an ambulance with a paramedic at just over $1,000.

Fire chief Mike Maltaverne says the rates are assessed annually to keep up with increased demand and expenditures.

Last year, the fire department dispatched roughly 10,000 ambulances.   "We're up about a 7-8 percent increase in our call volumes so it means more ambulances are running, more ambulance calls, more fuel, tires are wearing out and we just need to keep pace with inflation basically," said Maltaverne.
 
Maltaverne says he expects the 3% increase will generate $95,000 a year for the department.

The city council will have final say on the issue at the next city council meeting.

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