[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Scott Township as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Recovery of Fire Department Costs and Expenses
[Adopted 10-21-2015 by Ord. No. 10-21-2015]
The volunteer fire companies are authorized and directed by and through their officers and authorized representatives to ascertain what insurance coverage may be applicable and available under any given circumstance and to take all necessary and affirmative steps to apply for and receive reimbursement from any insurance carrier where an individual, property owner or business owner is or may be insured to reimburse the volunteer fire companies for any costs and/or expenses incurred for materials, supplies and/or equipment used for or provided to the individual, property owner or business owner by the volunteer fire companies.
Scott Township further authorizes the volunteer fire companies to recover the reasonable response costs involved in any and all hazardous material abatement incidents as are recoverable under the Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act. (See 35 P.S. § 6022.101 et seq.)
With the exception of response costs recoverable under the Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act, under no circumstances shall any individual, property owner or business owner receive a bill from the volunteer fire companies for fire protection or other emergency services provided by the volunteer fire companies.
This article shall be liberally construed to accomplish its purposes to compensate and/or reimburse the volunteer fire companies from insurance proceeds or costs and/or expenses incurred while providing services pursuant to their duties for the volunteer fire companies.
The costs and fees shall be recovered directly by the volunteer fire companies by direct billing or by an attorney, collection service or agency contracted by the volunteer fire companies. In addition to the costs and fees, the volunteer fire companies or any attorney or collection service or agency contracted by the volunteer fire companies shall be authorized to collect any reasonable interest and administration fees for collecting the costs and fees.
In the event that any insurance carrier or person fails to pay any bill or invoice within 30 days of the mailing or delivery of such notice of charges, the volunteer fire companies or any attorney or agency contracted by the volunteer fire companies who mailed or delivered the bill or invoice may enforce the provisions of this article by filing a civil action at law in a court of competent jurisdiction for the collection of any amounts due to the volunteer fire companies, together with statutory interest, court costs, collection fees and reasonable attorneys' fees.
The remedies provided herein shall be in addition to any other relief, remedies or penalties that may be appropriate or provided by law.