[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Coatesville 3-14-1994 as Ord. No. 962-94 (Ch. 19, Art. IV, of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Fire Department is authorized to clean up or abate the effects of any hazardous material deposited upon or into property or facilities of the city; and any person or persons who intentionally or negligently caused such deposits or spills shall be liable for the payment of all costs incurred by the Fire Department as a result of such cleanup or abatement activity. The remedy provided by this section shall be in addition to any other remedies provided by law.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COSTS INCURRED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
- Includes, but shall not be limited to, the following: actual labor costs of city personnel, including workman compensation benefits, fringe benefits, administrative overhead, cost of equipment operation, cost of materials obtained directly by the city, and cost of any contract labor and materials.
- HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
- Any substance or materials in a quantity or form which, in the determination of the Fire Chief or his or her authorized representative, poses an unreasonable and imminent risk to life, health or safety of persons or property or to the ecological balance of the environment, and shall include, but not be limited to, such substances as explosives, radioactive materials, petroleum or petroleum products or gases, poisons, etiological or biological agents and flammable and corrosive agents.
The authority to recover costs under this chapter shall not include fire suppression services which are normally provided by the Fire Department.