[Ord. 247, 5/12/2003, Art. I]
This Part shall be known as the "Dublin Borough Emergency Service Cost Reimbursement Ordinance."
[Ord. 247, 5/12/2003, Art. II]
Authority. Under § 1202 of the Borough Code, 53 P.S. § 46202, and Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act, 35 P.S. § 6022.101 et seq., the Borough has the authority to make rules and regulations for the government of fire companies located within the Borough.
Findings. The Borough recognizes that the duties of volunteer fire companies require specialized emergency rescue tools and equipment, emergency rescue materials, hazardous material abatement equipment, and hazardous abatement materials during emergency responses. The Borough recognizes that such tools and equipment place a financial burden on volunteer fire companies, and the replacement of such materials and specialized training add to the additional financial burden for volunteer fire companies.
Purpose. To grant any fire company operating in Dublin Borough ("fire departments") the authority to seek reimbursement for the reasonable cost of responding to such incidents, either directly or in coordination with the Office of Emergency Management, as provided below.
[Ord. 247, 5/12/2003, Art. III]
The Borough authorizes the fire departments to recover the reasonable cost of emergency rescue tools, equipment, and materials; hazardous material abatement tools, equipment, and materials; and incurred third party expenses involving any hazardous material, environmental, fire safety, and/or rescue incident or operation, including vehicular accidents.
The reasonable costs outlined above may be recovered directly by the fire departments or through a third party billing service as an authorized agent for the collection of such costs.
The fire departments or third party billing service shall only have the authority to recovery the aforementioned costs from the applicable insurance company/carrier.
The reimbursement rates for the aforementioned tools, equipment, and materials shall be set by the fire departments from time to time and shall be only applied to the recovery of costs arising out of incidents that occurred subsequent to the setting of the rates. These rates shall be approved by the Borough and be kept on file in the Borough Building.
In addition to the aforementioned reasonable costs, the fire departments or third party billing service shall be authorized to collect reasonable interest, as well as a reasonable administrative fee for collecting the same, and any and all additional fees as may be authorized by the Hazardous Material and Emergency Planning and Response Act or authorized by any other statute or law.
[Ord. 247, 5/12/2003, Art. IV]
The Borough shall not be responsible for any aspect of the recovery of costs under this Part. The Borough shall not take any steps to assist the fire departments or any third party billing service in recovery of costs under this Part.
[Ord. 247, 5/12/2003, Art. V]
Any attempt by a fire department or third party billing service to recover costs from any individual/entity other than the appropriate insurance company/carrier shall result in the immediate revocation of the authority to recover such costs granted under this Part.