[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Baldwin 4-28-2004 as Sec. 5-2-1 of the 2004 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Towns of Baldwin, Eau Galle, Emerald, Erin Prairie, Hammond, Pleasant Valley, Rush River and Springfield and the Villages of Baldwin, Hammond, Wilson and Woodville Joint Fire Protection District (hereinafter "JFPD" or "Department") is officially recognized as the entity which shall provide firefighting and fire-prevention services for the Village of Baldwin. The Joint Fire Protection District may also be known as the "United Fire and Rescue District."
During the time the Village of Baldwin is a member of JFPD, the Village shall appropriate funds pursuant to the formula set forth in the Joint Powers Agreement of JFPD to fulfill its contractual obligations to JFPD for funding the operations and long-term debt expenses of the JFPD.
Individual property owners within the Village receiving firefighting and fire-protection services may be charged a fee according to the schedule established by JFPD for actual firefighting and protection services provided to their individual property.
The primary objective of the fire defense program is to serve all citizens, without prejudice or favoritism, by safeguarding, collectively and individually, their lives against the effects of fires and explosions.
The second objective of the fire defense program is to safeguard the general economy and welfare of the community by preventing major conflagrations and the destruction by fire of industries and businesses.
The third objective of the fire defense program is to protect the property of all citizens against the effects of fire and explosions. All property deserves equal protection regardless of location or monetary value.