BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - The Broken Arrow Fire Department is starting a new program to help offset the cost of its services.
Right now, people living within the fire line, but outside of city limits, need to pay out of pocket if the fire department responds to their home.
It costs $700 per hour per truck that responds, so people can get hit with thousands of dollars in bills on top of the fire they’ve had to deal with.
People who live within Broken Arrow city limits are not charged those fees because the fees are already covered by taxes.
A new fire subscription program will allow people to pay a $90 fee per year to cover any expenses they would otherwise be expected to pay for fire services.
The program is similar to the LifeRide program already established for people to subscribe to emergency medical services.
People who subscribe to both programs can pay a discounted $150 for both.
About 4,500 people live in the unincorporated areas of the department's fire line. They will receive letters in the mail about the new service in a few weeks, and can enroll later this year.
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