Millheim Fire Company
All opinions on my website are my own opinion(s) and not the opinion(s) of the Millheim Fire Company.
Cooperative agreement, 2008-07-08.pdf (Haines Township and Millheim Borough)
Draft Cooperative Agreement, 2015-11-12.docx (rejected by Municipalities, I wasted a lot of my time writing this)
In 2016 the municipalities proposed an alternate cooperative agreement.
Here is that signed document. Cooperative Agreement, signed by all 2016-11-03.pdf
Pennsylvania House Bill 1683
An Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.
HB1683P4128.DOC (presented to Governor on 14 Nov 16 for signature)
This legislation was signed into law and would allow volunteer ambulance and fire personnel to receive a up to a 20% rebate on their local earned income tax and their personal residence real estate tax. This rebate would not be applicable ot schools, county, state or federal taxes although technically schools are now a municipality unto themselves in accordance with decisions of the state supreme court.
At an October 2017 informational meeting held at the Penns Valley EMS building with representatives of every Penns Valley municipality represented not a single municipality has passed an enabling ordinance (Townships) or resolution (Boroughs), nor did any of them indicate that they intended to even consider it, let alone adopt. January 1, 2018 all fire and ambulance personnel will be officially retired and the individual municipalities will assume all emergency response duties. So get ready for a 40 fold tax increase to pay for replacing your/our volunteers emergency responders.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Legal Opinion
As there were public allegations made that I was violating Pennsylvania State law or Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regulation by posting membership applications in the Millheim Fireman's Club on the Millheim Fire Company website I researched and could find no reference which would substantiate that allegation. I followed up with an inquiry to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board legal department and they have made the determination that confirms that the allegation was unsubstantiated. See the legal opinion by clicking on the link below.
PA Report on the Volunteer Emergency Services, Fire, Rescue and EMS
95-page legislative study report released Wednesday November 28,2018 warns that Pennsylvania's fire and rescue services face a crisis, saying the number of volunteers continues to fall amid funding needs and training challenges. The report said there were about 300,000 volunteer firefighters in the state in the 1970s, a number that's fallen to about 38,000 currently.
The report also discusses re-instituting laws requiring home sprinkler system in new homes as a way to save lives and property. The law was shelved because builders claimed that the requirement was cost prohibitive to new home owners and that the builders would lose money.