Municipality of Murrysville, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Municipality of Murrysville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration of government — See Ch. 3.
Personnel policies — See Ch. 47.
Article I Emergency Ambulance Equipment

§ 49-1 Medic No. 1 Committee.

§ 49-2 Definitions.

§ 49-3 Committee meetings and recommendations.

§ 49-4 Appropriation by Municipality.

§ 49-5 Plan for purchase of equipment.

§ 49-6 Five-year schedule.

§ 49-7 Specifications for purchase.

§ 49-8 Replacement ambulance purchase.

§ 49-9 Purchase and sale to be in accordance with municipal procedure.

§ 49-10 Insurance coverage.

§ 49-11 Instruction program to ensure proper maintenance.

§ 49-12 Company responsibility for operation and maintenance.

§ 49-13 Schedule of equipment.

§ 49-14 Five-year plan updates.

§ 49-15 Volunteer staffing.

§ 49-16 Amendment or termination of provisions.

§ 49-17 Withdrawal from participation.

§ 49-18 Funding to terminate with Article.

Article II Fire Equipment

§ 49-19 Fire Companies Committee.

§ 49-20 Definitions.

§ 49-21 Committee meetings and recommendations.

§ 49-22 Appropriation by Municipality.

§ 49-23 Plan for purchase of equipment.

§ 49-24 Five-year schedule.

§ 49-25 Specifications for purchase.

§ 49-26 Replacement truck purchases.

§ 49-27 Purchase and sale to be in accordance with municipal procedure.

§ 49-28 Insurance coverage.

§ 49-29 Instruction program to ensure proper maintenance.

§ 49-30 Company responsibility for operation and maintenance.

§ 49-31 Schedule of equipment

§ 49-32 Five-year plan updates.

§ 49-33 Volunteer staffing.

§ 49-34 Amendment or termination of provisions.

§ 49-35 Withdrawal from participation.

§ 49-36 Funding to terminate with Article.

[Adopted 12-16-1991 by Ord. No. 305-91]

§ 49-1 Medic No. 1 Committee.

The Murrysville Medic No. 1 Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Committee") shall consist of three representatives of the company, one of whom shall be a senior line officer, one a trustee and one the President of the company, and shall be the duly designated and recognized representatives of the company in dealing with the Municipality in furtherance of the provisions of this article, and the Municipality shall recognize the Committee for such purpose.

§ 49-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AMBULANCES
Includes modular units, vans and medical response vehicles, but shall not include fire trucks, as defined in Article II of this chapter.

§ 49-3 Committee meetings and recommendations.

The Committee shall meet with the designated representatives of the Municipality, who shall be the Mayor and three Council members appointed by the President of Council with the advice and consent of Council, in dealing with the Municipality under this article. The Committee will also serve as the representative of the company in all other appropriate transactions and relationships with the Municipality. Recommendations of the Committee to the Municipality can occur only upon the affirmative vote of three members of the Committee. The company shall inform the Municipality, in writing annually within two weeks of its designation, which individuals are its designated representatives.

§ 49-4 Appropriation by Municipality.

The Municipality shall annually appropriate, through its lawful means, to a special fund, a total sum the equivalent of 0.1 mill of real estate tax per year. This fund shall be used for the purchase of ambulances and major equipment for the company in accordance with the plan outlined in § 49-5 and which shall be allocated as agreed upon by the Committee and the Municipality. In addition, the Municipality may annually allocate to the fund moneys to be used by the company for maintenance and operation costs, provided that appropriate receipts are provided to the Municipality by the company. This supplemental allocation shall be determined pursuant to the Municipality's budget process.

§ 49-5 Plan for purchase of equipment.

The Committee and the Municipality shall formulate a plan for the purchase and replacement of the ambulances and major equipment, including but not limited to the following:
A. 
Capital ambulance purchase (other than those designated as replacement) shall be based on ratings of service level in accord with a recognized outside agency standard, if applicable.
B. 
Replacement of ambulances or major equipment shall be based upon rated condition and standard service tests. Age, serviceability and value to the community may serve as additional considerations. The resulting data and information shall be used as a basis for guiding the Committee and the Municipality in the development of the long-range purchasing plan.

§ 49-6 Five-year schedule.

The plan shall include a five-year schedule for the purchase and replacement of such ambulances and major equipment. The schedule to be revised annually after consideration of the Committee and the Municipality and the subsequent adoption of an appropriate capital improvements program resolution of the Municipality, subject to the funding established in § 49-4 of this article.

§ 49-7 Specifications for purchase.

Ambulances shall be purchased on the basis of standard specifications to be approved by the Committee and the Municipality and to adequately conform to recognized certifying agencies such as federal KKK-1822-A standards. Additionally, all specifications outside of the standard listing shall have special provision status and explanation of need and use. All equipment specified shall be for the equipping of said ambulance and shall not be predelivered or taken from said ambulance without the formal consent of the Committee and the Municipality.

§ 49-8 Replacement ambulance purchase.

Replacement ambulance purchases under this article will be by trade-in or immediate sale of old ambulances upon delivery of the replacement with no retention of said ambulance; provided, however, that, upon approval of the Committee and formal motion of the Council of the Municipality, retention may occur for the best interest of the community and the desired service level.

§ 49-9 Purchase and sale to be in accordance with municipal procedure.

The purchase and sale of ambulances and equipment under the provisions of this article shall be in accord with the bidding or other procedures mandated by the then-current law for the Municipality. Any purchase or sale made under this article shall be subject to final approval of the Committee and the formal motion of the Council of the Municipality for contract award in accord with then-current law, and all ambulances and major equipment shall be titled in the Municipality's name. The municipal emergency organization(s) shall not participate in bidding for the purpose of retention of the equipment within the Municipality.

§ 49-10 Insurance coverage.

The Municipality shall provide all applicable insurance coverage in accordance with its usual insurance practices on ambulances or major equipment purchased pursuant to this article.

§ 49-11 Instruction program to ensure proper maintenance.

The company shall develop and institute a program of instruction on all ambulances for its members to help assure proper maintenance and operation of the same and to meet any minimum standard imposed on the Municipality by its insurance carriers.

§ 49-12 Company responsibility for operation and maintenance.

The company shall have the sole responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the ambulances and all equipment.

§ 49-13 Schedule of equipment.

A schedule of all ambulances and major equipment, including the type, year, condition, five-year replacement and acquisition schedule and estimated cost, is attached hereto as Exhibit A.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is on file in the municipal offices.

§ 49-14 Five-year plan updates.

The five-year plan shall be updated annually by the Committee and the Municipality and the plan's scheduled purchases included as part of the Municipality's five-year capital improvements program.

§ 49-15 Volunteer staffing.

The company shall provide continued reasonable staffing of the ambulances with volunteer company personnel.

§ 49-16 Amendment or termination of provisions.

The Municipality reserves the right to terminate or amend all or any part of this article upon enacting appropriate legislation, a copy of which shall be forwarded to the company. This article shall be considered terminated or amended upon the effective date of the terminating or amending legislation, but any financial obligation incurred during the term and under the provisions of this article shall be honored by the Municipality.

§ 49-17 Withdrawal from participation.

The company may withdraw from participation under this article by providing written notice to the Municipality.

§ 49-18 Funding to terminate with Article.

The company shall not be deemed to have any right, title, interest, claim or demand in or to the special fund during the term of or after the termination of this article. It is the intention of this Municipality that the fund shall remain intact for the heretofore stated uses and purposes only for so long as this article remains in force and effect.
[Adopted 12-14-1977 by Ord. No. 167-77]

§ 49-19 Fire Companies Committee.

The Murrysville Fire Companies Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Committee") shall consist of two representatives from each fire company within the Municipality and shall be the duly designated and recognized representative of the companies in dealing with the Municipality in furtherance of the provisions of this article, and the Municipality shall recognize the Committee for such purpose.

§ 49-20 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIRE TRUCKS
Includes tankers, pumpers, engines and auxiliary emergency trucks, but shall not include ambulances.

§ 49-21 Committee meetings and recommendations.

The Committee shall meet with the designated representatives of the Municipality, who shall be the Mayor and two Council members appointed by the President of Council with the advice and consent of Council, in dealing with the Municipality under this article. The Committee will also serve as the representative of the companies in all other appropriate transactions and relationships with the Municipality. Recommendations of the Committee to the Municipality can occur only upon the affirmative vote of five of the Committee's duly designated members. Each company shall inform the Municipality, in writing on the first Monday of January of each year, which individuals are its designated representatives on the Committee.

§ 49-22 Appropriation by Municipality.

[Amended 12-16-1991 by Ord. No. 305-91]
The Municipality shall annually appropriate, through its lawful means, to a special fund, a total sum the equivalent of 2/10 mill of real estate tax per year. This fund shall be used for the purchase of fire trucks and major fire equipment for the companies in accordance with the plan outlined in § 49-23 and which shall be allocated as agreed upon by the Committee and the Municipality. In addition, the Municipality may allocate to the fund $2,500 per year per company to be used for maintenance and operation costs, provided that appropriate receipts are provided to the Municipality by the companies.

§ 49-23 Plan for purchase of equipment.

The Committee and the Municipality shall formulate a plan for the purchase and replacement of the trucks and major equipment, including but not limited to the following:
A. 
Capital fire truck purchases (other than those designated to replace existing trucks) shall be based on rating in accord with the Grading Schedule for Municipal Fire Protection conducted by a recognized outside agency, such as the Insurance Services Office of Pennsylvania.
B. 
Replacement of capital trucks or major equipment shall be based upon rated condition and standard service tests conducted on a biannual basis for trucks and major equipment over 10 years of age and prior to major repairs. Age, serviceability and value to the community may serve as additional information. The resulting data and information shall be used as a basis for guiding the Committee and the Municipality in the development of the five-year purchasing plan.

§ 49-24 Five-year schedule.

The plan shall include a five-year schedule for the purchase and replacement of such trucks and major equipment. The schedule may be revised after consideration thereof by the Committee and the Municipality and the subsequent adoption of an appropriate resolution by the Municipality. The five-year plan shall be designed by the Committee and the Municipality to function within the parameters of the fund established in § 49-22 of this article.

§ 49-25 Specifications for purchase.

Fire trucks shall be purchased on the basis of standard specifications to be approved by the Committee and the Municipality and to adequately conform to NFPA Standard No. 1901, Automotive Fire Apparatus 1975, or equivalent updates. Additionally, all specifications outside of the standard listing shall have special provision status and explanation of need and use. All equipment specified shall be for the equipping of said truck and shall not be predelivered or taken from said truck without the formal consent of the Committee and the Municipality.

§ 49-26 Replacement truck purchases.

Replacement truck purchases under this article will be by trade-in of old trucks with no retention or separate sale of old trucks; provided, however, that a truck may be sold and the proceeds applied to a new truck upon approval of the Committee and the Municipality where such transaction will result in a net saving to the Municipality.

§ 49-27 Purchase and sale to be in accordance with municipal procedure.

The purchase and sale of trucks and equipment shall be in accord with the bidding or other procedures mandated by the then-current law for the Municipality. Any purchase or sale made under this article shall be subject to final approval of the Committee and the Municipality by resolution for contract award in accord with then-current law, and all trucks purchased shall be titled in the Municipality's name. The Municipal Fire Companies shall not participate in bidding for the purpose of retention of the equipment within the Municipality.

§ 49-28 Insurance coverage.

The Municipality shall provide all applicable insurance coverage in accordance with its usual insurance practices on trucks purchased pursuant to this article.

§ 49-29 Instruction program to ensure proper maintenance.

The companies shall develop and institute a program of instruction on all trucks for its members to help assure proper maintenance and operation of the trucks and equipment and to meet any minimum standard imposed on the Municipality by its insurance carriers.

§ 49-30 Company responsibility for operation and maintenance.

The companies shall have the sole responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the trucks.

§ 49-31 Schedule of equipment

A schedule of all fire trucks, including the type, year, operating company, rated condition, five-year replacement and acquisition schedule and estimated costs, is attached hereto as Exhibit A. Exhibit A shall be the original five-year purchase plan implemented under this article and is made a part hereof.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is on file in the municipal offices.

§ 49-32 Five-year plan updates.

The five-year plan shall be updated annually by the Committee and the Municipality and the plan's scheduled purchases included as part of the Municipality's five-year capital improvements program.

§ 49-33 Volunteer staffing.

The companies shall provide continued reasonable staffing of the trucks with volunteer fire company personnel.

§ 49-34 Amendment or termination of provisions.

The Municipality reserves the right to terminate or amend all or any part of this article upon enacting appropriate legislation, a copy of which shall be forwarded to the companies. This article shall be considered terminated or amended upon the effective date of the terminating or amending legislation, but any financial obligation incurred during the term and under the provisions of this article shall be honored by the Municipality.

§ 49-35 Withdrawal from participation.

The companies collectively or individually may withdraw from participation under this article by providing written notice to the Municipality.

§ 49-36 Funding to terminate with Article.

The companies, collectively or individually, shall not be deemed to have any right, title, interest, claim or demand in or to the special fund during the term of or after the termination of this article. It is the intention of this Municipality that the fund shall remain intact for the heretofore stated uses and purposes only for so long as this article remains in force and effect.