[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Donegal as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 10-15-1984 by Ord. No. 40-1984; amended in its entirety 10-15-1984 by Ord. No. 47-1984 as Ch. 1, Part 3, of the 1984 Code of Ordinances]
The Rheem's Fire Company Fireman's Relief Association of West Donegal Township is recognized as an organization formed for the purpose of maintaining an association for beneficial and protective purposes for its members and their families in case of death, sickness, temporary or permanent disability or accident from the funds collected therein.
The Rheem's Fire Company Fireman's Relief Association of West Donegal Township is designated the proper association to receive such funds as are due and payable to the Township Treasurer by the Treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania from the tax on premiums from foreign fire insurance companies.
There is annually appropriated from the Township treasury all such sums of money that may hereafter be paid into the Township treasury by the Treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania on account of taxes paid on premiums of foreign fire insurance companies in pursuance of 72 P.S. § 2262 (1982) as hereafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.
Editor's Note: 72 P.S. § 2262 was repealed 1984, Dec. 18, P.L. 1005, No. 205, § 801. See now 53 P.S. § 895.703 et seq.
[Adopted 8-10-2015 by Ord. No. 218-2015]
Rheems Fire Company is hereby designated as the officially recognized volunteer fire and rescue company to provide first due response for such portions of West Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, as the Board of Supervisors may establish from time to time.
The Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the Rheems Fire Company to perform the following activities and services:
To provide such services as may be necessary for the protection of property and persons situate in the Township, which include, by way of example and not of limitation, the extinguishment of fires and the prevention of loss of life and property from fire, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents, and other dangerous situations.
To provide nonemergency and public services, such as, by way of example and not of limitation, removing water from property after storms; assisting in the removal, abatement and prevention of damage or injury to persons or property, whether through natural causes or man-made situations; and directing traffic and parking at local events as requested as and when authorized by the Fire Chief or the Board of Supervisors.
To conduct and participate in such training activities and drills, either within or outside of the Township, as may be deemed necessary by the Fire Chief to maintain proficiency in providing services.
To respond to calls and provide services to municipalities outside the Township when so requested by such municipality or another fire company or when directed to so respond by Lancaster County Communications.
To request aid and services from the Northwest Regional Lancaster County Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, other police departments, other fire companies and/or other emergency service providers when responding to emergencies within the Township.
The Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the members of Rheems Fire Company to perform the following activities and services when so requested or authorized by the Fire Chief or Board of Supervisors:
To engage in any type of drill, training, ceremony, practice, test or parade as the Rheems Fire Company, in its sole discretion, shall deem appropriate.
To engage in fund-raising activities for Rheems Fire Company as the Rheems Fire Company, in its sole discretion, shall deem appropriate. Such fund-raising activities may include, but are not limited to, auctions, festivals, bingo, banquets, carnivals, barbecues, breakfasts, dinners, sub and sandwich sales, and sale of refreshments at auctions or other events.
To engage in the performance of any other duty or activity which contributes to its mission of Rheems Fire Company as expressly authorized by Rheems Fire Company.
If any members of Rheems Fire Company engage in such activities without the express permission or authorization of the Rheems Fire Company, their activities will be considered outside the scope of the members' authorization and in direct violation of the members' defined scope of duties.
The purpose of this article is to recognize Rheems Fire Company as an official first due response fire company within the Township and to state additional authorized activities for members of Rheems Fire Company for workers' compensation and governmental immunity purposes. It is the additional purpose of this article to enable the families of members of Rheems Fire Company to be eligible for benefits under the Act of June 24, 1976, P.L. 424, No. 101, as amended, 53 P.S. § 891 et seq., commonly known as the "Pennsylvania State Death Benefit Act," and the Police Officer, Firefighter, Correction Employee and National Guard Member Child Beneficiary Education Act, Act 129 of 1998, to the extent allowed by law.
The Board of Supervisors recognizes that other volunteer fire companies and other emergency responders, including but not limited to ambulance services and EMS, may provide assistance to Rheems Fire Company in responding to emergencies within the Township. The Board of Supervisors additionally recognizes that in certain instances a volunteer fire company other than Rheems Fire Company may arrive first at an emergency scene because Rheems Fire Company is responding to other emergencies, encountering traffic problems, or as a result of geography. To the extent required or permitted by law, the Township acknowledges the assistance of all other volunteer fire companies and other emergency responders, including but not limited to ambulance services and EMS, within Lancaster County and authorizes such other volunteer fire companies and other emergency responders, including but not limited to ambulance services and EMS, within Lancaster County to provide such services within the Township and to Rheems Fire Company.