[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Manchester 9-29-1988 by Ord. No. 88-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Words and phrases shall be presumed to be used in their ordinary context unless such word or phrase is defined or interpreted differently.
The following words and phrases shall have the particular meanings assigned by this section:
- Bair Community Fire Company No. 1.
- BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OR BOARD
- The Board of Supervisors of West Manchester Township.
- FIRE COMPANY
- Any person, partnership, corporation, nonprofit corporation, agency or department of a municipal corporation or other organization, the primary purpose of which is the preventing and extinguishing of fires and the protection of life and property.
- Lincolnway Fire Company No. 1 of West Manchester Township.
- An individual, partnership, corporation or a nonprofit corporation.
- Shiloh Fire Company.
- West Manchester Township and the elected and appointed officials thereof.
No fire company or other person shall interfere with or participate in any way in fire-fighting activities or respond to an alarm of fire within the confines of West Manchester Township unless such person or fire company is granted authority by the Board of Supervisors to provide fire protection to the inhabitants of West Manchester Township or is a fire company requested to assist a fire company granted such authority by the Board or unless such person is a police officer.
On and after the effective date of this chapter, the Board of Supervisors authorizes and directs Lincolnway Fire Company No. 1 of West Manchester Township and the Shiloh Fire Company to provide fire protection within the confines of West Manchester Township.
The Board of Supervisors shall assign a territorial district to Lincolnway and Shiloh and each fire company shall provide primary fire protection within its territorial district No other fire company or person shall provide fire protection or fight fires within the territorial districts assigned to Lincolnway and Shiloh unless requested to do so by the Board of Supervisors or the Fire Chief of Lincolnway or Shiloh.
The authority of Bair to fight fires or to provide fire protection within the confines of West Manchester Township is revoked upon the effective date of this chapter.
The Board of Supervisors may, out of the General Township Fund, appropriate moneys to any fire company authorized to provide fire protection within the confines of West Manchester Township for the purchase and maintenance of fire apparatus, for the operation and maintenance of the fire company and for the construction, repair and maintenance of fire company houses. An annual report of the expenditure of such appropriated funds shall be made to the Board for each completed fiscal year of the Township by each fire company receiving an appropriation from the Township. The report shall be filed on forms supplied by the Township, shall be verified by an officer of the fire company submitting the report and shall be filed with the Township before any further payments shall be made to the fire company out of appropriations for any current fiscal year.
The Township is authorized to adopt, by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, such rules and regulations as it deems necessary to carry out the intent of this chapter and to govern fire companies and their officers.
[Amended 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 91-09; 5-9-1996 by Ord. No. 96-14; 6-26-1997 by Ord. No. 97-15]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by West Manchester Township, pay a fine not exceeding $600 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by West Manchester Township. West Manchester Township police officers, the appropriate code enforcement officers of West Manchester Township or other appropriate officer or officers of West Manchester Township shall have the power to enforce the provisions of this chapter. The amount of the fine imposed for the violation of this chapter shall be established by the officer who determines that a violation has occurred. Notice of the violation of this chapter and the amount of the fine imposed shall be given by personal delivery or by certified mail to the person violating this chapter. If the person violating this chapter fails or refuses to pay the fine imposed within the period specified in the notice of the violation of this chapter, the Township shall file a civil enforcement proceeding with the District Magistrate to enforce the fine imposed.
In the case of continued violation of the provisions of this chapter, the Board may, in addition to other remedies, institute in the name of the Township any appropriate action or proceeding to prevent, restrain, enjoin, correct or abate continued violations of the provisions of this chapter.