[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Salford 6-2-1993 by Ord. No. 93-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Harleysville Community Fire Company, organized and existing in the Township of Lower Salford, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is hereby designated as the officially recognized fire company for the Township.
The Fire Company recognized by the Township is hereby authorized to provide such services to the Township as may be necessary for the protection of property and persons situate therein, which include, by way of example and not of limitation, the extinguishment of and prevention of loss of life and property from fire, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents and other dangerous situations.
The Fire Company may also provide nonemergency and public service functions, such as, again by way of example and not of limitation, removing water from property after storms and assisting in the removal, abatement and prevention of damage or injury to persons or property, whether through natural causes or man-made situations.
The Fire Company may also conduct and participate in such training activities and drills, either within or outside of the Township, as may be deemed necessary by the calls and provide services to municipalities outside of the Township.
In addition to actually participating in the activities of the Fire Company as authorized above, or in going to or returning from any activity, the members of the Fire Company recognized by the Township are also authorized to do the following things:
Engage in any type of drill, training, ceremony, practice, test or parade when duly called for or authorized by an officer or officers of the Fire Company.
Engage in fundraising activities for the Fire Company, when authorized by an officer or officers of the Fire Company.
Engage in the performance of any other duty or activity authorized by any officer of the recognized Fire Company.
The purpose of this chapter is to recognize the Fire Company as the official fire company of the Township and to state additional authorized activities for firefighters for workmens' compensation purposes.
[Added 6-4-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-7]
This section shall be known as the "Lower Salford Township Emergency Services Cost Reimbursement Ordinance."
Recovery of costs.
The Township hereby authorizes the Harleysville Community Fire Company to recover the reasonable cost of emergency rescue tools, equipment, and materials; hazardous material 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 said Fire Company or through a third party billing service as an authorized agent for the recovery of such costs.
The Fire Company 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 Company 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 applicable rates shall be maintained by the Fire Company and on file with the Township.
In addition to the aforementioned costs, the Fire Company 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 Materials and Emergency Planning and Response Act, or any other applicable statute.
Responsibility of the Township. The Township shall not be responsible for any aspect of the recovery of costs under this section. The Township shall not take any steps to assist the Fire Department or any third party billing service in recovery of costs under this section.