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There are currently no commercial flights in or out of Great Bend. The closest airports offering commercial flights are Hays, Dodge City, Salina, and Wichita.
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Unfortunately, Medicare does not always cover ambulance charges to the hospital. It is important to remember that Medicare is a benefit, not an insurance plan. Medicare determines whether an ambulance trip is medically necessary by an established set of guidelines. If it is deemed not medically necessary by these guidelines Medicare will not cover the ambulance trip. Many factors contribute to this decision by Medicare. Some of these factors include:
•Did the patient’s condition at the time 911 was called warrant immediate medical attention? Remember, this decision is made by Medicare, not by the EMS staff attending to the patient.
•Could the patient have been taken to the hospital by any other means of transportation other than an ambulance?
•If the patient was being transferred from one hospital to another hospital by ambulance, could the patient receive the same level of care from the transferring hospital? Also, in many cases Medicare will not pay for transport from a greater facility to a lesser facility, which includes being transported from a hospital back to a residence.
If Medicare does not cover your ambulance bill, you have the right to file with Medicare for a Medical Review. This process is explained in the Medicare Remittance Notice that the patient receives from Medicare in the mail.
When filing for a Medical Review, it is recommended that the patient provide the following documents to Medicare:
•A letter from the patient’s family physician explaining why the ambulance transport was medically necessary.
•Copies of the patient’s ambulance transport medical records. The patient may contact the Great Bend Fire/EMS Billing Office at 620-793-4140 to obtain a copy of his/her records.
•Copies of the patient’s medical records from the hospital that the patient was transported to.
•A letter from the patient explaining why 911 was called for medical assistance. Notice: Filing for Medical Review does not guarantee that Medicare will reverse their original decision, but it is an option available to all patients covered through Medicare.
Most patients have insurance coverage secondary to Medicare. However, most of these secondary insurance policies are Medicare Secondary Supplement Policies, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan 65. These secondary insurance coverage plans will only cover balances after Medicare pays their coverage rates. Therefore, if Medicare does not cover the charges, then neither will most of the secondary insurance plans.
If a patient receives a bill for their ambulance transport without insurance being filed, it is most likely because the EMS Billing Office does not have complete insurance information on file for the patient. Please contact the Billing Office at 620-793-4141. This information can also be dropped off at or mailed to:
Great Bend Fire/EMS 1205 Williams Great Bend, KS 67530
Once all insurance information is on file with our billing office, we will gladly file a claim with your insurance provider.
All fire apparatus are Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipped and staffed at a minimum level of an EMT. In the instance that all four ambulances are busy with other medical calls or may be too far away to respond within the average 3 ½ minute response time an engine or fire truck is dispatched to respond.
Police officers may respond to ambulance calls depending on the nature of the call. Police officers often respond to assist with scene safety or to assist if additional manpower is needed.
No, special training is required in order to install child car seats and none of our firefighters are certified.
The Great Bend Police Department does have individuals trained to install car seats. The Police Department can be contacted at 620-793-4120.
A full list of requirements can be found under our Employment page.
Yes, the Great Bend Fire Department has a list of fire safety guidelines and regulations for fireworks stands. Fireworks stands must be inspected and permitted prior to opening and selling fireworks in the City of Great Bend.
Fireworks may be discharged in the City of Great Bend on July 4th of each year from the hours of 10:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight). If July 4th falls on Sunday fireworks may be discharged from 12:00 pm (noon) to 12:00 am (midnight).
The Fire Inspection division is responsible for conducting fire inspections of commercial buildings, industrial buildings, businesses, restaurants, schools, churches and multi-family housing that are open to the public. The majority of these inspections are completed on an annual basis. These inspections are completed to ensure and encourage fire safety, access and proper storage and containment of hazardous materials to protect the building occupants, firefighters and the community.
The Fire Inspector inspects both existing and new businesses under all occupancy types. These inspections cover a variety of items throughout the establishment but some of the more common items checked are exits and locks, clear corridors, fire extinguishers, maximum allowable occupancy and exit lighting. Two of the most common violations found are expired fire extinguishers and inoperative exit signs.
Jack Kilby Square and the band shell can be reserved for special events on a first-come, first-served basis.
The special events form can be found under Departments-Public Lands- Park Department: Events AT LEAST 14 business days in advance, be detailed and specific on location and needs, turn it into City Hall and approval will be made by the Public Lands Director and/or city council if necessary.
Or to have a form sent, you can call (620) 793-4160 or visiting:
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The applicant must also submit a Certificate of Ownership provided by a qualified title company that lists the owners of record within 200 foot radius (for properties in Great Bend) and 1,000 foot radius (for properties in the three-mile radius) around the subject property. This certificate of ownership is used to notify nearby property owners of the proposed change in zoning. The City of Great Bend must abide by state statutes that requires certain public and private notifications which in turn makes it essential for us to have a completed application and certificate of ownership data no less than 22 days in advance of a public hearing which is held during the Planning Commission meeting which regularly falls on the last Tuesday of each month.
The process for a conditional use permit is the same as it is for a zoning request.
The public hearing is held at the Great Bend Planning Commission Meeting which regularly meets the last Tuesday of each month. The Planning Commission will make their recommendation at the meeting. Following the planning commission recommendation there is a required 14 day period in which individuals can file a protest petition against the request.
After the Planning Commission makes their recommendation and the 14 day waiting period expires the item goes to the Great Bend City Council for their decision. Generally the item will be placed on the council agenda for the third Monday of the month following the public hearing. When the Great Bend City Council hears the request they have three choices: approve the recommendation of the Planning Commission, deny the recommendation of the Planning commission, or send the item back to Planning Commission for further discussion or review.
If they send it back for further discussion to the Planning Commission it will be placed on the next Planning Commission agenda and then returned to City Council on the next regular meeting following the return to the Planning Commission. If the City Council approves the item, it becomes official upon both signature and publication of the ordinance or resolution in the official city newspaper.
When looking at these regulations, you will find that most uses can be clearly defined. However, there are sometimes uses that do not fit perfectly into any description. If there is any question as to what category a use fits into contact Building Inspections at (620) 793-4106.