Township of Muhlenberg, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Muhlenberg 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 505. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Companies — See Ch. 11.
Fire Department Advisory Board — See Ch. 12.
Fire lanes — See Ch. 67.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 69.
The officers and members, including volunteer members, of the Temple Fire Company and the Goodwill Fire Company of Hyde Park (herein referred to, collectively, as the "Fire Companies"), organized and existing in the Township and designated as officially recognized Fire Companies for the Township of Muhlenberg, Berks County, Pennsylvania (herein referred to as the "Township") for the purpose of providing fire-fighting services, are generally provided with workers' compensation insurance coverage for any injuries that may occur while providing services for the benefit of the Township as officers and members of the Fire Companies. The Township recognizes that the officers and members engage in activities other than fire-fighting services incident to their positions in the Fire Companies, such as removing water from properties following storms, training activities and fund-raising activities. It is the intent of the Township, through this chapter, to clarify when workers' compensation insurance coverage applies to such activities.
A. 
The Fire Companies provide such services to the Township as may be necessary for the protection of property and persons situate 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. For these types of activities, all members and officers shall be provided workers' compensation insurance coverage.
B. 
The Fire Companies also provide nonemergency and public service functions, such as, again by way of example and not of limitation, removing water from property after storms, and assisting in the removal, abatement and prevention of damage or injury to persons or property, whether through natural causes or man-made situations. For these types of activities, members and officers specifically authorized by the Chief or officer in charge of his/her Fire Company to participate in any such activities shall be provided workers' compensation insurance coverage.
C. 
The Fire Companies also conduct and participate in training activities and drills, as may be deemed necessary by the officers of the Fire Companies to maintain proficiency in providing service. For these types of activities, members and officers specifically authorized by the chief or officer in charge of his/her Fire Company to participate in any such activities shall be provided workers' compensation insurance coverage.
D. 
The Fire Companies also conduct and participate in drills, training, ceremonies, practices, tests, parades and similar activities. For these types of activities, members and officers specifically authorized by the Chief or officer in charge of his/her Fire Company to participate in any such activities shall be provided workers' compensation insurance coverage.
E. 
The Fire Companies also conduct and participate in lawful fund-raising activities for the Fire Companies. For these types of activities, members and officers specifically authorized by the Chief or officer in charge of his/her Fire Company to participate in any such activities shall be provided workers' compensation insurance coverage.