[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Kidder 9-21-2017 by Ord. No. 180. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Emergency Services Fund — See Ch. 13.
Fire, ambulance and rescue services — See Ch. 18.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 21, Fire Commission, adopted 6-19-1990 by Ord. No. 82, as amended.
There is hereby created the Township of Kidder Emergency Services Commission.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish an ongoing commission which focuses on the needs of, functions of, and planning for emergency services in the Township of Kidder.
[Amended 2-15-2018 by Ord. No. 182]
The Township Emergency Services Commission shall consist of a number of voting and nonvoting members as shall be established by resolution, from time to time, by the Board of Supervisors of Kidder Township, not to exceed 11 voting members and 13 total members.
The Township Emergency Services Commission shall consist of the following:
The Fire Chief for each of the volunteer companies within the Township.
The President or Business Manager for each of the volunteer companies within the Township.
The Chief of Operations for the rescue squad/ambulance corps within the Township.
The President or Business Manager of the rescue squad/ambulance corps as a voting member.
The Kidder Township Emergency Management Coordinator.
Two representative citizens from Kidder Township with knowledge of emergency services issues and familiarity with finance or business concepts.
Two members appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Kidder who shall be nonvoting members.
The appointments to be made by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Kidder may be made on an annual basis at the reorganization meeting of the Township each year, and the terms shall be for the remainder of the year unless removed, with or without cause, by the Board of Supervisors during the year for which they are appointed. The terms of office for the Fire Chief members shall be for the term that they are Fire Chiefs of the respective fire companies within the Township. In the event that a Fire Chief from any of the companies shall be unable to attend a meeting of the Township Emergency Services Commission, then the Deputy Chief for that volunteer fire company may sit as an alternate member of the Commission and be enabled to vote and conduct such business as if the Fire Chief were present in person. The term of office for the President or Business Manager members for each volunteer fire company shall be the term that they are President or Business Manager for the respective fire companies within the Township. The term of office for the Chief of Operations of the rescue squad/ambulance corps or President of the rescue squad/ambulance corps shall be for the term that they are Chief of Operations or President of the rescue squad/ambulance corps. The term of office for the representative citizens shall be for one year unless reappointed by the Board of Supervisors at the reorganization meeting of the Township each year. The term of office for the rescue squad/ambulance corps President or Business Manager on the Emergency Services Commission is to be for the term for which they are President or Business Manager of the rescue squad/ambulance corps.
The Commission shall be empowered to conduct business if at least five members are present at a meeting. All decisions of the Commission shall be by a majority of the voting members present and voting at a meeting. All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public. The meetings shall be held as often as deemed necessary to conduct the current business of the Commission but shall, in no case, meet less than quarterly. All meetings shall be announced publically and on the Township website.
The primary functions and duties of the Emergency Services Commission shall be to:
Act as liaison between the Township emergency services companies and the Board of Supervisors.
Promote efficiency and avoid duplication in the selection and purchasing of emergency services equipment.
Act as a fact-finding commission so as to provide sound financial recommendations to the emergency services companies and the Board of Supervisors.
Suggest Township policy and coordinate the activities of the Township emergency services companies.
Do all other things to promote better emergency preparedness and such services within the Township of Kidder.
Make recommendations for and provide time-phased planning for the acquisition of emergency services vehicles within Kidder Township.
Provide suggested updates on compliance with any emergency preparedness planning documents required by the Township and assist in periodic reviews, but at least annually, of those documents of accuracy, currency, and completeness.
Provide recommendations on the distribution of funds in the Kidder Township Emergency Services Fund once a company requests financial aid for capital equipment purchases from the Township of Kidder in accordance with Ordinance No. 162.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed as a lessening, elimination or removal of any of the duties laid upon the fire companies or the rescue squad/ambulance corps by active assembly, nor as delegation of authority of any of the duties or powers of the Board of Supervisors. All emergency services organizations will continue to be a separate legal entity from the Township and not considered an arm of the Township itself.
The Emergency Services Commission shall organize among itself and elect officers from its members annually in January of each year after the reorganization meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township, keep minutes and report, in writing, its findings and recommendations at least quarterly to the Board of Supervisors.