Monday, September 26, 2005

Let's See if This Works

It certainly can't hurt, now can it?
Robyn Singleton, Q.C.
County of Lethbridge No. 26
#100, 905 – 4 Ave. South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4E4
CANADA

Re: Invoice #20163

Dear Counsellor Singleton:

I recently received County of Lethbridge invoice number 20163 for $500 (copy enclosed) for dispatching the fire truck to Lethbridge Airport in connection with engine troubles that we were experiencing with our aircraft in July. Fortunately, we landed without incident and no services were required. The documentation attached to the invoice report shows that the truck was dispatched for a total of 11 minutes.

Pursuant to Section E of Schedule A of County of Lethbridge By-Law No. 1267 (which I note does not provide for charges for dispatching the fire truck in the event of an emergency at the airport), I am respectfully requesting that these charges be waived as they were incurred in respect of a matter that reasonably qualifies “as an emergency or of a humanitarian nature.” Your favorable consideration of this matter would be appreciated, and would provide a positive incentive to fellow aviators to err on the side of caution and request assistance in the event of possible emergency. Should a forced landing be necessary, having fire services standing by can only serve to prevent unnecessary, and potentially fatal, injury.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Cordially,

The IFR Pilot
I'll let you know what happens.

2 comments:

clumpinglitter said...

I like it. You sound really reasonable. Good luck.
-C.

Garrett said...

In a similar situation with an automobile, I was similarly billed here in the states.

My insurance company refused to pay the bill, and I did as well. They continued to ask me to pay for several YEARS, but never went so far as to claim I was putting my credit at risk. Eventually, they either gave up or got my insurance company to pay.

I don't necessarily think such services should be "free of charge", but thats a flamebait I don't really need to get into.