[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Millersville 2-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 84.
Open burning — See Ch. 136.
Fire insurance proceeds — See Ch. 212.
Blue Rock Fire Rescue is here by designated as the officially recognized volunteer fire and rescue company to provide first due response for Millersville Borough, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Borough Council hereby authorizes the Blue Rock Fire Rescue to perform the following activities and services:
To provide such services as may be necessary for the protection of property and persons situate in the Borough, which include, by way of example and not of limitation, the extinguishment of fires and the prevention of loss of life and property from fire, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents, and other dangerous situations.
To provide nonemergency and public services such as, by way of example and not of limitation, removing water from property after storms; assisting in the removal, abatement and prevention of damage or injury to persons or property, whether through natural causes or man-made situations; and directing traffic and parking at local events as requested as and when authorized by Blue Rock Fire Commission.
To conduct and participate in such training activities and drills, either within or outside of the Borough, as may be deemed necessary by the Blue Rock Fire Commission to maintain proficiency in providing services.
To respond to calls and provide services to municipalities outside the Borough when so requested by such municipality or another fire company or when directed to so respond by Lancaster County Communications.
To request aid and services from the Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, other police departments, other fire companies and/or other emergency service providers when responding to emergencies within the Borough.
Borough Council hereby authorizes the members of Blue Rock Fire Rescue to perform the following activities and services when so requested or authorized by Blue Rock Fire Commission:
To engage in any type of drill, training, ceremony, practice, test or parade as the Blue Rock Fire Commission in its sole discretion shall deem appropriate.
To engage in fundraising activities for Blue Rock Fire Rescue as the Blue Rock Fire Commission in its sole discretion shall deem appropriate. Such fundraising activities may include, but are not limited to, auctions, festivals, bingo, banquets, carnivals, barbecues, breakfasts, dinners, sub and sandwich sales, and sale of refreshments at auctions or other events.
To engage in the performance of any other duty or activity which contributes to the mission of Blue Rock Fire Rescue as expressly authorized by Blue Rock Fire Commission.
If any members of Blue Rock Fire Rescue engage in such activities without the express permission or authorization of the Blue Rock Fire Commission, their activities will be considered outside the scope of the members' authorization and in direct violation of the members' defined scope of duties.
The purpose of this article is to recognize Blue Rock Fire Rescue as official first due response fire company within the Borough and to state additional authorized activities for members of Blue Rock Fire Rescue for workers' compensation and governmental immunity purposes. It is the additional purpose of this article to enable the families of members of Blue Rock Fire Rescue to be eligible for benefits under the Act of June 24, 1976, P.L. 424, No. 101, as amended, 53 P.S. § 891 et seq., commonly known as the "Pennsylvania State Death Benefit Act," and the Police Officer, Firefighter, Correction Employee and National Guard Member Child Beneficiary Education Act, Act 129 of 1998, to the extent allowed by law.
Editor's Note: See 24 P.S. § 7201 et seq.
Borough Council recognizes that other volunteer fire companies and other emergency responders, including but not limited to ambulance services and EMS, may provide assistance to Blue Rock Fire Rescue in responding to emergencies within the Borough. Borough Council additionally recognizes that in certain instances a volunteer fire company other than Blue Rock Fire Rescue may arrive first at an emergency scene because Blue Rock Fire Rescue is responding to other emergencies, encountering traffic problems, or as a result of geography. To the extent required or permitted by law, the Borough acknowledges the assistance of all other volunteer fire companies and other emergency responders, including but not limited to ambulance services and EMS, within Lancaster County and authorizes such other volunteer fire companies and other emergency responders, including but not limited to ambulance services and EMS, within Lancaster County to provide such services within the Borough and to Blue Rock Fire Rescue.
The following association is hereby recognized as actively engaged in providing fire protection and/or emergency services in the Borough: Blue Rock Fire Rescue.
Blue Rock Fire Rescue Relief Association will be or has been formed for the benefit of members and families of members of Blue Rock Fire Rescue in case of death, sickness, temporary or permanent disability or accident suffered in the line of duty.
The Blue Rock Fire Rescue Relief Association is designated as the proper association to receive such funds as are due and payable to the Borough Treasurer by the Treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania from the tax on premiums from foreign fire insurance companies.
The Borough Council shall annually certify to the Auditor General of the Commonwealth the name of the active association(s) and the percentage of service such active association(s) contribute(s) to the protection of the Borough. Such certification shall be on forms prescribed by the Auditor General.
There is annually appropriated from the Borough Treasury all such sums of money that may hereafter be paid into the Borough Treasury by the Treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania on account of taxes paid on premiums of foreign fire insurance companies in pursuance of the Act of December 18, 1984, No. 205, § 701 et seq., as hereafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. Such monies received by the Borough Treasurer from the State Treasurer shall be distributed to the duly recognized association(s) within 60 days of receipt. The funds shall be distributed on the basis of the percentage of service established in the certification to the Auditor General and with other provisions of the Act.