In addition to recommending Washington County institute a countywide fire tax, a report by Carroll Buracker and Associates Inc. of Harrisonburg, Va., suggests:
* Residents not be billed for fire service because the number of billable services are limited and because some residents might not call for help if they thought they would be billed.
* Substations be paid at least 50 percent of the amount the county gives primary fire stations. Boonsboro Captain Jay Brandenburg recently asked the County Commissioners to treat a substation, Company 8 of Rohrersville, as they would any other fire company and give it a share of Washington County gaming funds. The commissioners said they wanted to read the report before acting on the request.
n One ambulance be placed at each of five fire stations, including Funkstown, Leitersburg, Mount Aetna, Fairplay and Potomac Valley, thereby reducing response times while avoiding the need to build new ambulance company stations. The result would be improved ambulance service at a minimal cost, the consultant said.