Township of Washington, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Washington 9-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-03. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish and recognize the Eastern Berks Fire Department ("Fire Department") as an official fire organization of the Township; to provide for governance of the Fire Department; to set forth rules, regulations and authorized activities of the Fire Department, its members and employees; and to recognize the Eastern Berks Fire Department Relief Association.
Eastern Berks Fire Department is hereby recognized as an official volunteer fire department of Washington Township.
The Fire Department shall be governed pursuant to its adopted bylaws, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit "A" and incorporated herein by reference.[1] The bylaws may be amended from time to time by the Fire Department, in accordance with the bylaws, without the consent or approval of the Township.
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit "A" is on file in the Township offices.
The Fire Department is hereby authorized to provide the following; provided, however, the Township shall have no liability therefor:
A. 
Such services to the Township as may be reasonably necessary for the protection of property and persons situate therein, which include but are not limited to: extinguishment and prevention of personal injury and death from fire, protection of property from damage or destruction by fire, and response to motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents and other dangerous situations.
B. 
Nonemergency and public service functions, including but not limited to water removal from properties after storms and assistance in the removal, and abatement and/or prevention of damage or injury to persons or property, whether due to natural causes or man-made situations.
C. 
Conducting and participating in such training activities or drills, either within the Township or outside of the Township, as may be deemed necessary by the Fire Department to maintain proficiency in providing service.
D. 
Any other activities or services as permitted by the bylaws and local, state and federal law.
Members of the Fire Department are authorized to do the following in addition to actually participating in the activities of the Fire Department as authorized above, or in going to or returning from any activity:
A. 
Engage in any type of drill, training, ceremony, practice, test or parade when duly called for by the Fire Department.
B. 
Engage in the performance of any other duty or lawful activity authorized by the Fire Department.
C. 
Any other activities or services as permitted by the bylaws and local, state and federal law.
The Eastern Berks Fire Department Relief Association is hereby recognized as the relief association for the Eastern Berks Fire Department. The Eastern Berks Fire Department Relief Association is designated as the proper association to receive the appropriate portion of the relief funds distributed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pursuant to its bylaws, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit "A" and made a part hereof.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit "A" is on file in the Township offices.