BILLING SERVICES ORDINANCE MODEL
Ordinance No: _____________

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AND IMPLEMENTING A PROGRAM TO CHARGE USER FEES FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES RENDERED BY THE __________________ OF ________________ FOR _____________________________.
Whereas, the Emergency Services response activity to incidents on the highways continues to increase each year; Environmental Protection requirements involving equipment and training, and Homeland Security regulations involving equipment and training, creating additional demands on all operational aspects of Fire and Rescue Services; and
Whereas, the Fire and Rescue Services have investigated different methods to maintain a high level of quality and emergency service capability throughout times of constantly increasing service demands, where maintaining an effective response by the Fire and Rescue Services decreases the costs of incidents to insurance carriers through timely and effective management of emergency situations, saving lives and reducing property damage; and
Whereas, raising real property taxes to meet the increase in service demands would not be fair to property owners, when a majority of the Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) involve individuals not owning property or paying taxes in the jurisdiction; and the ability of Fire and Rescue Services to effectively respond decreases the liability of insurance companies by saving lives and minimizing vehicle damage; and
Whereas, the _______________ _______________ desires to implement a fair and equitable procedure by which to collect said MVA fees and shall establish a billing system in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and guidelines; Now, therefore
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE (governing body) OF THE (Municipality):
SECTION 1: The (municipality)’s Fire and Rescue Services shall initiate user fees for the delivery of Fire and Rescue Services, personnel, supplies and equipment to the scene of motor vehicle accidents and other incidents on the highways.  The rate of user fees shall be that which is usual, customary and reasonable (UCR), which may include any services, personnel, supplies and equipment and with baselines established by addendum to this document.
SECTION 2: The user fee shall be filed with the motor vehicle insurance carrier, representing an added-on cost of the claim for damages of the vehicles, property and/or injuries.  In the event services are required relating to utilities causing safety problems to highway areas, and if the area is deemed unsafe by emergency responders, the same billing process shall apply to said utility, whose equipment related problems cause an emergency services response.  The claim’s costs shall be filed with the insurance carrier of the owner of a vehicle, property or other responsible party.
SECTION 3: The Fire and Rescue Services’ ________________ may make rules or gregulations and from time to time may amend, revoke or add rules and regulations, not consistent with this Section, as they may deem necessary or expedient in respect to billing for these fees or the collection thereof.
SECTION 4:  All amounts collected as a result of this Ordinance shall be placed into a fund as established by the ______________ Fire and Rescue Services’ to be used exclusively for personnel, supplies and equipment of Fire and Rescue Services.
SECTION 5: It is found and determined that all formal actions of this (governing body) concerning and relating to the adoption of this Ordinance were adopted in open meetings of this (governing body), and that all deliberations of this (governing body) and any of its committees that resulted in such formal actions were in accordance with all legal requirements and the Codified Ordinances of the (governing body).
SECTION 6:  This Ordinance shall take effect at the earliest time permitted by law.
Passed: _____________________________ ____________________________
Signature
Approved ___________________________                         ____________________________
Signature

VOTE ON PASSAGE    ____Yea   ____Nay  ____Abstain
Attest: _________________________
Clerk

I, ________________, Clerk of the (governing body), do hereby certify that the foregoing Ordinance No.____ was duly published in the _______________________, a newspaper of general circulation in the (Municipality) on this ______, day of _______, 20___; and I further certify the compliance of the Ordinance with the Codified Ordinances of the (municipality) and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pertaining to the PA State Sunshine Law.

Fire and Rescue Services Billing Fees

(non-hazardous materials incidents)

LEVEL 1 $125
Service Charge Includes:

  • Basic Response
  • No complicated or lengthy service performed
  • Basic Fire Police Services

LEVEL 2        $250
Service charges include all of the above items, plus:

  • Traffic control
  • Apply absorbent
  • Incident Scene clean-up
  • Vehicle removal assistance

LEVEL 3 $500
Service charges include all of the above, plus:

  • Victim extrication(including multiple victims)
  • Above average use of power/hand tools
  • Traffic control in excess of 2 hours
  • Incident scene reconstruction assistance to Police Department
  • Excessive manpower, time or services related to complicated or serious incident

In all cases, these fees are based upon a single vehicle rate, meaning the rate can be charged for each vehicle involved in an incident.

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8 hours ago

PFESI

Thank You - Chief Dave Nelson from Whitehall Township for advocating at the local level. One Vision, One Voice we can make a difference! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank You - Chief Dave Nelson from Whitehall Township for advocating at the local level. One Vision, One Voice we can make a difference!

15 hours ago

PFESI

Thank you to Jerry Brant from Cambria County for engaging at the local level! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to Jerry Brant from Cambria County for engaging at the local level!

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Fourteen companies needed to respond....and even if all this legislation tied to SR6 passes, you will still need fourteen companies to provide sufficient fire protection in Tyrone!

The sad truth is, it will get a lot worse before serious efforts take place to reverse the current situation. For example you call 911and no one responds. The customers (community) will finally realize what has happened.

2 days ago

PFESI

16 & 17 Year Olds and Interior FF - Survey Results - Over 1,400 responses were received - Thank You!

It is important to remember at this time, this is NOT a law or policy.

PFESI provides independent advice to members and staff of the General Assembly, the Administration, county and local government officials, and other statewide organizations.

Pennsylvania is at a critical time and out of the box thinking will be needed at all level to ensure essential community fire and emergency response.

The complete survey can be downloaded at this link: pfesi.org/pfesi-initiatives/
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The way that some programs move in this state, when an individual (16/7) start an Essentials or FF1/FF2 program, they dont finish until after they're 18. I personally am for allowing them to complete the training, but maybe the programs themselves need to be looked at.

Wow reading all these negative comments about it is shocking. When I went through the process 30 years ago as long as my parents and Cheif sign off I could participate in only a training environment. That allowed me to get into other classes. Today, I can sign off on my child in junior year in high school to enlist in the military but everyone is flipping shit about Mod 4 training....a controlled environment training. 16 year and 6 months we trust these kids with a drivers license to drive a car by themselves, but can't send them to a 56 hour course? And people wonder why young kids are losing interest! I trust my instructors locally that I would have signed off on my 3 sons and step son at 16 to obtain their Mod 4. And I hope this passes soon. My step son will be leaving for college at 17. Meaning at it may be 4 years before he can do Mod 4. How much will change in the fire service that would he be allowed in Mod 4 in 4 years?

Okay so I am going to go against the grain here a little. Allowing 16/17 year olds to complete all modules of the essentials program and or Firefighter I&II is not a bad idea and is already successful in other states, ie Ohio in their high school programs. This allows these individuals upon graduation and or turning 18 to become interior firefighters or even better gain employment as a firefighter. Their training would be no different at 16/17 or 40 meeting the same standards requirements and NFPA guidelines. It would be a mechanism to train them at an early age and foster their experience getting them ready with experience when they are old enough to take that line in the door.

Thank you. On it.

How about we tackle the issue instead of coming up with asinine ideas that won’t fix anything (and we all know it, but until egos are gone nothing will change). Consolidate fire stations and hire firefighters. Problem solved.

So, you cant buy Tobacco until you're 21 in Pa but they think being an interior firefighter is ok at 16? So, if that doesnt work we go to 12 or 10? I would imagine proper fire department funding would do more good.

There are basics in surveying - you can get the result you want based on who you poll. Here’s the reality: underdeveloped decision making in high pressure conditions will lead to thin decision making. This leads to life risk of both actors and support. As much as I want the problem to go away this is NOT the way to make it go away.

How about we try a real solution like supplemental paid staffing that is trained and experienced rather than using inexperienced children?

Lowering the standard because volunteer numbers are down Nd peopleare struggling.. id rather struggle than sit in court when a 16-17 year old kills someone or gets killed...if

37.9% of firefighters polled are delusional

I would not have 16 years I would even up it 20/21 of age

Jordan Isaac Zachary Bilder

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THIS IS STUPID. AT 16/17 I PROMISE YOU THEY ARE NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO DO THIS.

Mark Kirchgasser

So apparently Paul R. Tate couldn't handle the truth

37.9% of firefighters polled are junior members

Wow, at least you weeded out 537 morons

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2 days ago

PFESI

Thank you Assistant Chief Allen Clark, Fellow's Club Volunteer Fire Company (Crawford County) for engaging and advocating with members of the General Assembly! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Assistant Chief Allen Clark, Fellows Club Volunteer Fire Company (Crawford County) for engaging and advocating with members of the General Assembly!

3 days ago

PFESI

Advocating for your fire service organization is critically important! PFESI would like to recognize Captain Ellen Yarborough from South Media Fire Company (Delaware County) for meeting with Senator Tim Kearney and Chief of Staff Sara McCullough from the 26th Senatorial District. Thank you Ellen! ... See MoreSee Less

Advocating for your fire service organization is critically important! PFESI would like to recognize Captain Ellen Yarborough from South Media Fire Company (Delaware County) for meeting with Senator Tim Kearney and Chief of Staff Sara McCullough from the 26th Senatorial District. Thank you Ellen!
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