[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Girard 11-16-2009 by Ord. No. 708. Amendments noted where applicable.]311a Billing List
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDER
- The Volunteer Fire Company of A.F. Dobler Hose and Ladder Company, or designee of A.F. Dobler Hose and Ladder Company, providing emergency medical services or providing services pursuant to a dispatch under the E-911 system and any other emergency medical service provider providing emergency medical services under a mutual aid agreement with the Fire Company or its designee.
- FIRE COMPANY
- The Volunteer Fire Company of Girard Borough, A.F. Dobler Hose and Ladder Company, which provides fire protection and related services under agreements with the Borough and shall include, for purposes of authorization to invoice and recover fees for services by designees or contractors of such Company, any fire company of another municipality providing services under any mutual aid agreement or dispatch under the E-911 system.
- Any natural person(s), partnership, corporation, limited-liability partnership or corporation, association, firm, insurance carrier, servicing agent or other legal entity.
The Fire Company or provider is hereby authorized, pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, any agreements between the Borough and the Fire Company and this chapter, to recover the usual, reasonable and customary costs of materials used and expended and to recover a fee for the use of equipment, hazardous situation abatement materials and personnel costs used in or devoted to any fire, safety, rescue and/or hazardous waste abatement incident, these including but not limited to those caused by vehicular accidents and/or fires.
Emergency medical service providers are hereby authorized, pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, agreements between the Borough of Girard and the A.F. Dobler Hose and Ladder Company and any provider pursuant to this chapter, to recover the usual, reasonable and customary costs of materials used and expended, use of equipment, personnel services and transport costs used in or devoted to the providing of emergency medical services and emergency transport.
The Fire Company and emergency medical service providers shall establish schedules of fees and costs for their respective services, which may be amended from time to time. Such schedules of fees and costs shall be posted at the Company's or provider's business offices and shall be made available to persons upon request. The costs and expenses authorized by this chapter shall be submitted at least annually by the emergency medical service provider and the Fire Company to the Borough Council for approval by resolution as needed. Except for extraordinary situations involving charges not regularly incurred by the emergency medical service providers or Fire Company, only charges approved by motion at a public meeting shall be deemed reasonable and eligible for reimbursement.
Costs, expenses and fees authorized in § 311-2C of this chapter shall be charged, collected and recovered directly by A.F. Dobler Hose and Ladder Company, the emergency medical service provider and/or their appointed designee or agent. The person invoiced for such costs, expenses and fees, and/or that person's insurance carrier, servicing agent or other representative, shall remit payment of invoiced costs, expenses and fees directly to A.F. Dobler Hose and Ladder Company or the emergency medical service provider, as is applicable.
In addition to such costs, expenses and fees, the Fire Company and the emergency medical service provider are authorized to impose interest or finance charges upon invoice amounts not paid within 30 days after the invoice date, at such rates as are authorized by the laws of Pennsylvania.
In addition to such costs, expenses and fees, in the event the Fire Company and the emergency medical services provider are compelled to initiate private collection or legal proceedings to collect sums due, such provider, in addition to all costs, expenses, fees and interest or service charges due, shall be entitled to recover in such proceeding all attorneys' fees, collection agency fees, filing fees and litigation expenses reasonably incurred in the proceeding.
Any party invoiced pursuant to this chapter who fails to pay the expenses within 30 days shall be subject to a civil enforcement proceeding resulting in a penalty of $600 per violation and, if not timely paid, additional daily penalties for continuing violations, plus court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Borough.