Township of North Versailles, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of North Versailles 8-21-2014 by Ord. No. 1090. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Firemen's Relief Association — See Ch. 20.
North Versailles Township Board of Commissioners will recognize three fire companies, Sta. 211 (West Wilmerding); Sta. 212 (Crestas); Sta. 213 (Fire Department of North Versailles).
The President and Fire Chief shall reside in the Township of North Versailles.
A. 
All North Versailles Township fire departments are to maintain a complete list of active firemen personnel records. All records are expected to be copied and placed on file at the North Versailles Municipal Building.
(1) 
Personnel records are to include the following:
(a) 
First and last name.
(b) 
Home address.
(c) 
Home phone/cell phone.
(d) 
Emergency contact numbers of family and/or friends.
(e) 
Classification and/or title among their corresponding department.
(f) 
Driver's license number.
(g) 
Work permit if the personnel is a minor.
(2) 
Any changes in personnel records should be given to the Township Manager within 30 days of the change.
B. 
All North Versailles Township fire departments shall be subject to background checks completed by the Chief of Police for all active firemen and personnel. Background checks are required for all current and new fire personnel who are considered active members who respond to emergency calls including Department Chief, Assistant Chief, and/or any other management positions. Background checks on all personnel are to be turned into the Township upon completion. An active firefighter is defined as a member of the fire department in good standing and is qualified to respond to and extinguish fires or perform other fire department emergency services and has actively participated in such activities during the past year.
(1) 
Act 151 PA criminal history check. Any persons found to have a criminal record which includes a felony going back five years shall not be recognized and shall not be permitted to be a member of any North Versailles Township fire department. See § 21-6A below.
(2) 
Act 34 child abuse records. Any persons found to have a child abuse record will not be recognized and shall not be permitted to be a member of any North Versailles Township fire department. See § 21-6B below.
(3) 
Driving record status. Any persons having a suspended license shall not be permitted to drive any fire equipment or municipally owned equipment.
(4) 
Personnel identification cards shall be issued to all designated drivers of emergency vehicles. Section 75 Pa. C.S. 1606(a) states that "No person, except those specifically exempted in subsection (b), shall drive a commercial motor vehicle unless the person has been issued and is in immediate possession of a valid commercial driver's license and applicable endorsements valid for the vehicle he is driving." Subsection b(3), (4) exempt persons who are volunteer firefighters and members of rescue or emergency squads with Class C licenses and who have a certificate of authorization from their fire chief while operating a fire or emergency vehicle registered to the fire departments or municipality.
(a) 
No North Versailles Township firefighting personnel shall be permitted to operate a commercial motor vehicle unless they have completed an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course or have a Pennsylvania commercial driver's license or a certificate of authorization from their Fire Chief.
(b) 
Certification of completion of an emergency vehicle operations course shall be submitted to the Township Manager to be kept in the personnel file.
(5) 
Maintaining records. Two copies of all records are to be made. One copy must be filed at the North Versailles Municipal Building, and one copy must be filed at the corresponding department to which fire personnel are listed and recognized. Any changes to these records are to be given to the Township Manager within 30 days of the change.
C. 
North Versailles Township fire departments will supply to the Township Manager all training and certification records for each of their firemen who are recognized as active firefighters and/or any person who responds to emergency calls. This list will specify all certifications, training courses and hours completed. All records will include the following:
(1) 
Name of firefighter and/or emergency personnel.
(2) 
Certifications and training received and/or completed.
(3) 
Classification and/or title of personnel within their corresponding department.
(4) 
Dates on which certification and/or training was acquired.
(5) 
All firefighting personnel are to complete and abide by North Versailles Township Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters as recognized by their given classifications and duties within their corresponding fire department.
(6) 
All firefighting personnel must provide a signed statement that they have reviewed and understand the North Versailles Safety and Fire Protection Policies. Said statement shall be submitted to the Township to be kept in the individual's personnel file. The home department of the personnel is required to keep a copy of the signed statement on file.
A. 
Firefighting safety equipment status checks.
(1) 
All firefighting equipment is to be checked regularly by the department Chief or qualified personnel; said qualified person may be an outside entity or in-house personnel. All manufacturers' suggested inspections and maintenance should be followed along with state inspection, air packs flow test, all air breathing systems, ladders, hoses, and pump test. State and/or federally mandated documentation shall be provided to the Township Manager upon demand.
The following will serve as the minimum training standards for all fire departments in North Versailles Township. All training courses, classes, certifications and attendance documentation must be provided by a state, county or nationally accredited, certified and recognized instructor. If a question exists as to the propriety of an instructional course, the Township shall determine if such course is acceptable.
A. 
Active firefighter.
(1) 
Essentials of Firefighting (all four modules) or Fundamentals of Firefighting.
(2) 
Structural Burn Session (final module of essentials).
(3) 
Hazardous Materials Operations Level.
(4) 
Yearly: A refresher course is required.
Note: New and current firefighters and emergency personnel shall have one year to enroll and two years to complete the listed training standards. The time period shall be automatically tolled if a firefighter is serving in active military duty. A firefighter shall make their best effort to complete the required training in the time required. If a firefighter is unable to comply with the stated timeframe for completion of training because of illness or work or school studies, said firefighter may make a request to the Township for an extension of the required time period.
A. 
No individual with a criminal record which includes a felony offense or higher shall be eligible to apply for any position within the North Versailles Township Volunteer Fire system until a period of at least five years has passed from the last date associated with the last crime committed, e.g., the day of the dismissal, the day of disposition or the last day of probation.
B. 
No individual convicted of a sex crime or child-related crime shall be eligible to apply for any position within the North Versailles Township Volunteer Fire system regardless of the time-period lapsed. Said crimes include but are not limited to the following: rape (including spousal, date and statutory), sexual assault or abuse, sexual battery, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, child abuse, possession or manufacture of child pornography or sex with a minor.
A. 
All Township fire departments shall be dispatched for the following:
(1) 
Structure fires from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(2) 
School alarms.
(3) 
Senior citizen buildings.
(4) 
Nursing homes.
B. 
All Township equipment shall be utilized before calling for mutual aide unless equipment is needed that is not available through Township fire companies.
C. 
Township fire departments shall respond to all emergency calls when dispatched regardless of the nature (public service) unless they cannot crew.
D. 
In the event that a Township fire department does not respond to a 911 call out within the Township, the next available Township fire department shall be dispatched.
E. 
No Township fire department officers shall respond to an emergency call outside their fire district with their own vehicles in emergency status (lights on).
A. 
There shall be zero tolerance for alcohol use, drug use, or theft within North Versailles Township's volunteer firefighters or emergency personnel. Any persons found stealing or using alcohol or drugs during emergency calls; when the tones are activated; when acting as or performing the duties of a firefighter; and when covered by the Township's Workers Compensation Insurance Policy shall be suspended immediately pending further investigation. Any fire department personnel who fail to report such action may also be subject to suspension.
B. 
A police report is required to be filed immediately when there is an accident involving an emergency vehicle.
A. 
Fire tax monies can be used for the following subject to final approval by the Board of Commissioners:
(1) 
New equipment.
(a) 
New equipment shall only be for the use and aid of fire and rescue operations.
(2) 
Fire department utility bills. The Township may approve the use of tax monies to pay the utility and fuel bills, provided that original documentation, i.e., bills, invoices, receipts, are supplied to the Township Manager. The use of tax monies for utility bills shall be subject to the following:
(a) 
Approved utilities include the following: gas, water, ground phone line, sewage and electric.
(b) 
Nonapproved utilities include but are not limited to the following: cellular phones and cable services.
(c) 
Fire halls that contain a social club cannot submit 100% of their utility bills. These fire halls will be evaluated by the Board of Commissioners who will determine what portion of the utility bills are for firefighting purposes.
(3) 
Emergency vehicles.
(a) 
Approved expenditures for emergency vehicles include the following: purchase, maintenance and fuel.
(4) 
Training and certification.
(a) 
Approved training and certification costs include the following: reasonable meal and lodging costs, cost of the class, and vehicle mileage. Mileage shall be reimbursed at the current rate set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These costs will only be paid upon successful completion of the training and/or certification.
(b) 
Nonapproved costs relating to training and certification include but are not limited to the following: entertainment, per diem monies, extracurricular activities, and all other expenditures deemed inappropriate by the Township.
(5) 
National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and Pennsylvania Fire Incident Reporting System (PennFIRS).
(6) 
Background checks.
B. 
It is mandatory that all monies spent are to be used to better the firefighting services supplied to the citizens of North Versailles. Firefighting purposes include:
(1) 
Training.
(2) 
Personal protective equipment and fire safety protection.
(3) 
Fire department utilities.
(4) 
Emergency vehicles, purchase and maintenance.
(5) 
Building costs (i.e., mortgage or loans for fire halls). One hundred percent of the mortgage or loan payment will not be approved if the building contains a social hall. The Board of Commissioners will determine what portion of this mortgage or loan payment is for firefighting purposes.
(6) 
Fire hall maintenance. Bills for buildings that are used for social clubs or storage buildings will not be approved.
(7) 
Radio and communication devices.
(8) 
Required hand tools.
(9) 
Background checks.
(10) 
Audits.
C. 
It is prohibited to use tax funds for social or recreational halls.
D. 
It is prohibited to use tax funds for any type of personal use.
E. 
It is prohibited to use tax funds to secure additional loans. Money acquired from the fire tax is not a guaranteed income. The decision to impose a fire tax is a decision made by the Board of Commissioners on a year-to-year basis.
F. 
At the end of each fiscal year an audit may be required of the fire tax money disbursed to and received by the North Versailles Township's fire departments. Any mishandling of funds may result in the forfeit of funds for future years. Additionally, the Township of North Versailles may pursue legal action if the Board of Commissioners deems it necessary.
At the discretion of the Board of Commissioners, any noncompliance and/or violation of this document, North Versailles Safety and Fire Protection Policies, shall be viewed as grounds for any of the following actions:
A. 
Probation periods.
B. 
Withholding of fire tax funding.
C. 
Partial forfeit of fire tax.
D. 
Complete forfeit of fire tax.
E. 
Discontinuation from dispatch.
F. 
Discontinuation of being recognized by North Versailles Township.