[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Uwchlan as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-14-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-09]
The Board of Supervisors of Uwchlan Township finds that the continuing use of the personnel and equipment of the Uwchlan Ambulance Corps and other ambulance services for nonemergency purposes consumes excessive levels of ambulance service which deprives others requiring emergency services from receiving prompt responses from said services, thereby potentially endangering the life and safety of individuals served by emergency ambulance services in the Township. Every location that consumes emergency ambulance service in nonemergency situations places an unfairly disproportionate burden for the funding of the ambulance services on taxpayers of Uwchlan Township and other funding sources of the ambulance services. The following provisions and the fee imposed hereby are authorized in order to provide revenue to help defray the costs of ambulance services covered by the fees. The fee imposed hereby is not a penalty or fine.
There is hereby imposed a response fee upon every unit of real property within the service territory of the Uwchlan Ambulance Corps for the consumption of ambulances and ambulance services in nonemergency circumstances.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- INCIDENT OF SERVICE
- Each time one or more ambulance personnel, vehicles and equipment commences and completes a response to an identifiable unit of real property as recorded by the Chester County Department of Emergency Services dispatch system and which sets forth the time the personnel were present upon the property.
- An incident of service not involving a life-threatening medical condition or serious bodily injury. Examples of nonemergencies include cause to transport individuals to hospitals for treatment and sicknesses and illnesses which are non-life-threatening.
- SERVICE TERRITORY
- The geographic area served by the Uwchlan Ambulance Corps as designated from time to time by the Chester County Department of Emergency Services.
- UNIT OF REAL PROPERTY
- A single residential dwelling, business offices, retail establishments, group homes, nursing homes, convalescence homes, assisted-living facilities, continuing-care facilities and all other residential, commercial and industrial properties located within the service territory.
The response fee imposed herein shall be as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors for each nonemergency incident of service. The amount of the response fee represents a portion of the cost of equipment, personnel and overhead for one incident of service.
The Uwchlan Ambulance Corps shall identify each nonemergency incident of service and report the identity of the unit of real property and the time of the response to the Chief of the Corps. The president or his designee shall mail an invoice to the owner of the unit of real property as appears in the most recent tax assessment records. Each invoice shall be paid in full within 30 days of its date.
If such invoice is not paid in full within 30 days, the Uwchlan Ambulance Corps may commence appropriate legal action to collect amounts owed.
All amounts collected for violation of this article shall be paid to the Uwchlan Ambulance Corps to help defray the costs of providing ambulance services.