[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Franconia as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-18-2018 by Ord. No. 397]
This article, as amended, shall be known as the "Franconia Township Emergency Services Cost Reimbursement Ordinance."
[Amended 8-20-2018 by Ord. No. 399]
Franconia Township hereby updates the recognized and designated fire companies (collectively, "fire companies") as the designated fire service providers for Franconia Township as follows:
Franconia Township hereby authorizes the fire companies to recover the reasonable cost of emergency rescue tools, equipment, and materials; hazardous materials abatement tools, equipment, and materials; and incurred third-party expenses arising from environmental incidents, firefighting incidents, safety and rescue incidents, and vehicular accidents.
The reasonable costs described herein may be recovered directly by the said fire companies or through a third-party billing service as an authorized agent for the recovery of such costs.
The fire companies or third-party billing service shall have authority to recover the aforementioned costs only from the applicable insurance company or carrier.
The reimbursement rates for the aforementioned tools, equipment, and materials shall be set by the fire companies, individually, from time to time and shall only be applied to the recovery of costs arising out of incidents occurring after the setting of the applicable rates. A current schedule of rates shall be maintained by the fire companies and on file with Franconia Township.
In addition to the aforementioned costs, the fire companies or third-party billing service is authorized to collect reasonable interest and a reasonable administrative fee, and any and all other fees and costs as may be authorized by the Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act, or any other applicable statute.
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 6022.101 et seq.
The Township shall not be responsible for any aspect of the recovery of costs under this article. The Township shall not take any steps to assist the fire companies or any third-party billing service in recovery of costs under this article.
Should any section, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase in this article be declared unconstitutional or invalid for any reason, the remainder of the article shall not be unaffected thereby and shall remain in full force and effect, and for this reason the provisions of this article shall be severable.