[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Muhlenburg 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 334. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Goodwill Fire Company of Hyde Park and Temple Fire Company of the Village of Temple, each organized and existing in the Township of Muhlenberg, Berks County, Pennsylvania, are hereby designated as the officially recognized fire companies for the Township of Muhlenberg.
The Fire Companies recognized by the Township of Muhlenberg are hereby authorized to provide such services to the Township as may be necessary for the protection of property and persons situated therein, which include by way of example and not of limitation the extinguishment and prevention of loss of life and property from fire, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents and other dangerous situations.
Each company may also provide nonemergency and public service functions, such as, again by way of example and not limitation, removing water from property after storms, assisting E.M.S. in medical nonemergencies and assisting in the removal, abatement and prevention of damage or injury to persons or property, whether through natural causes or man-made situations.
Each company may also conduct and participate in such training activities and drills, either within or outside the Township, as may be deemed necessary or appropriate to maintain proficiency in providing service.
Each company may also respond to calls and provide services to municipalities outside the boundaries of the Township as provided for in the Muhlenberg Township/Fire Service Cooperation Agreement so long as the officer in charge of the municipality needing assistance has formally requested assistance.
Editor's Note: Said agreement is on file in the Township offices.
In addition to actually participating in the activities of their Fire Company as authorized above, or in going to or returning from any activity, the members of each said 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 authorized by an officer or officers of the respective Fire Company.
Engage in fund-raising activities for the Fire Company, when authorized by an officer or officers of the respective Fire Company.
Engage in the performance of any other duty or activities authorized by any officer of the recognized respective Fire Company.
The purpose of this chapter is to recognize the Goodwill Fire Company of Hyde Park and Temple Fire Company of the Village of Temple as official Fire Companies of the Township of Muhlenberg and to state additional authorized activities for fire fighters and its junior members for workers' compensation purposes.