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Omaha City Council passes lift assist fee

Posted at 6:59 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 08:00:59-04

The Omaha Fire Department will soon be charging a $400 fee when called out to lift someone who has fallen at a nursing home or assisted living facility. 

The City Council approved the measure in a unanimous vote Tuesday afternoon. 

The Omaha Fire Department says they get about 350 calls a year to help lift a person who is not injured and it is taking them away from emergencies. 

The fee only applies if the patient is not injured after falling or did not suffer from a medical condition before falling. The fee would not be charged to anyone who needs help at a private residence or while in hospice care.