Fire Company — See Ch. 15.
§ 76-1Protection and emergency fees.
§ 76-2Collection of fees.
§ 76-3Fees authorized.
The Middlesex Township Supervisors find that increasing costs of providing adequate emergency and protection services, including services resulting from extraordinary and dangerous occurrences and hazardous material incidents and vehicle accidents and extrication, seriously impairs the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Company's ability to provide all necessary emergency and protection services.
In order to better protect the public health, safety and welfare and to protect and preserve public funds and tax dollars, the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Middlesex, in keeping with Section 1803 of the Second Class Township Code (53 P.S. § 66803), hereby establishes that the Middlesex Township Volunteer Fire Company adopt a policy of reimbursement of expenses and costs incurred by the Volunteer Fire Company in providing the services which they offer. The schedule of reimbursement shall adequately reflect all emergency and protection costs and expenses incurred and in no case shall be less than the schedule set forth in § 76-3 below.
An officer designated by the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Company rendering emergency and protection services shall collect all fees for emergency and protection services and for other public safety. Such fees may include and encompass all equipment, materials, maintenance and overhead expenses and costs which shall constitute full reimbursement to the Volunteer Fire Company for such services actually rendered and as hereinafter authorized.
Within 30 days of the date of providing emergency protection services or other public safety services as enumerated in § 76-3, the officer designated by the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Company rendering the service shall submit a bill for all costs, fees, charges and expenses related to the provisions of such services to the owner or the property owner's designated agent or representative, or manager of the fixed facility or vehicle which caused the need for emergency and protection services. All such bills shall be paid in full within 60 days of the receipt thereof, and interest shall accumulate thereafter on any unpaid balances at the rate of 10% per annum until paid.
In addition, any bills, fines or penalties, including but not limited to cleanup costs, fees or expenses that are imposed upon the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Company by local, state and federal agencies and related to the same situation or occurrence for which the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Company responded, may be in the billing or may be billed separately within 30 days of receipt and shall be paid as provided in Subsection B above.
The following fees are hereby authorized:
Standby response for utility service interruptions: $150.
Vehicle, airplane or rail service accident response, including extrication: $150 per hour, per vehicle extrication fee; $250 per hour, per victim.
Hazardous material spill response: $150 per hour, per vehicle; plus any materials or supplies used.
The Township may enforce the provisions of this chapter by civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for the collection of any amounts due hereunder, plus attorney fees, or for any relief that may be appropriate.