[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Shamong 5-5-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-5; amended in its entirety 7-5-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-5. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 8-1-2016.
The Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383) and the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, herein adopted by the Township of Shamong by reference, shall be enforced by the Bureau of Fire Safety in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs with regard to all buildings and locations designated as "life-hazard uses" under the Fire Safety Act.
Purpose. The Township of Shamong, in order to support the Indian Mills Volunteer Fire Company (IMVFC), shall allow IMVFC to charge fees for certain response services, provided that those fees shall be tied to expended resources of IMVFC incurred in response to calls. The Township Administration and IMVFC shall establish appropriate mechanisms for billing for fees. All monies received by IMVFC shall be used by IMVFC to offset costs incurred.
Fees. The fees to be charged hereunder are set forth below and may be amended from time to time by resolution of the governing body of the Township of Shamong. The initial fees are established as follows:
Light rescue: batteries, fluid, stabilization. There shall be a fee of $200 for light rescue operations, such as stabilization, use of hand tools, hazard control and other scene-related light rescue operations.
Medium rescue. There shall be a fee of $400 for medium rescue operations including the use of power tools and hydraulic rescue tools to perform activities such as opening or removing doors to provide access to patients as well as stabilizing vehicles and performing hazardous assessments and control.
Heavy rescue. There shall be a fee of $800 for heavy rescue operations including any technical rescue procedures, including but not limited to water and ice rescue, rope rescue, confined space rescue, high angle rescue, trench rescue or structural collapse rescue. Heavy rescue also includes motor vehicle rescue where the rescue includes the use of power tools and hydraulic equipment to perform operations such as partial or full roof removal, front/dash displacement, third door access, separating vehicles from one another and performing hazardous assessments and control.
Billing. These fees shall be billed to the insurance company of the party receiving the fire response services. In all cases, and to the maximum extent permitted by law, the fire company will accept the insurance company payment as payment in full and will not seek additional payment from any individual to which this service was rendered. Said procedures may include the use of a third-party billing company to invoice and collect the cost incurred. The Township and IMVFC shall ultimately determine whether to pursue collection of fees, and not a third-party billing service. No person requiring services shall be denied services due to lack of insurance or ability to pay.
Accounting. The IMVFC shall provide quarterly accounting to the Township with regard to fees imposed and recovered under this chapter.