SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town will issue a $500 fee for each individual that has to be freed from a vehicle with the hydraulic rescue tool known as the Jaws of Life.

The tool costs thousands of dollars but is hailed as a life-saving instrument when it is used to free individuals from smashed vehicles and fallen buildings. The Portsmouth Herald reports the Seabrook Town Select Board voted unanimously to approve the new fee Monday.

Seabrook Fire Chief Bill Edwards says he doesn’t know of any local communities that charge such a fee, but says it is done in other communities around the country.

Edwards say he believes his department can bill victim’s insurance companies for use of the Jaws of Life, and the fee will help maintain the tool.

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  1. The Mayor states he will committ insurance fraud and only charge the $500 to people with insurance and no fee will be charged to those without it. If a private entity i.e. did the same the insurance company would demand the same be charged to it that is charged to a non insured entity and if not , then the Mayor Council and Fire cheif would be guilty of insurance fraud . The case history of Dentists and other health care providers and Gyms and health clubs that have done the same have found the loaws levied against them and the court cases as well. If one takes otu a years membership at a gym and is reimbusred by the health care program, then the gym must charg non covered people the same and not less or they are guilty of insurance fraud. ——- Here in this article above the mayor states he will do this to get people to vote in favor and pass it. Then when he is stopped from doing as he stated in not charging his residents evenly , he will turn tail and say sorry we must charge folks — and as of then he will have his service fee law used on all and those voting for it if it would not be usd on them will find that it will be and they will pay to —

  2. The Mayor states he will committ insurance fraud and only charge the $500 to people with insurance and no fee will be charged to those without it. If a private entity i.e. did the same the insurance company would demand the same be charged to it that is charged to a non insured entity and if not , then the Mayor Council and Fire cheif would be guilty of insurance fraud . The case history of Dentists and other health care providers and Gyms and health clubs that have done the same have found the laws levied against them and the court cases as well. If one takes out a years membership at a gym and is reimbusred by the health care program, then the gym must charge non covered people the same and not less or they are guilty of insurance fraud. ——- Here in this article above the mayor states he will do this to get people to vote in favor and pass it. Then when he is stopped from doing as he stated in not charging his residents evenly , he will turn tail and say sorry we must charge folks — and as of then he will have his service fee law used on all and those voting for it if it would not be usd on them will find that it will be and they will pay to —

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