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A. A regional emergency services advisory committee is created with the chair and one member to be appointed from the membership of the assembly by the presiding officer. The chair shall preside over all meetings of the regional emergency services advisory committee, setting its agenda, and organizing such procedures as are necessary to meet annual goals. Goals shall be set annually by the chair after consultation with the mayor.

1. Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, additional members of the regional emergency services advisory committee shall include (a) two representatives designated annually in January by the five fire service area commission chairs to represent their collective interests and (b) the following members to be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the presiding officer: two residents that have demonstrated knowledge in fire and emergency medical services; two persons that can adequately represent the interests of rural residents; and one person that can adequately represent residents in urban areas. No member shall be appointed who is a current fire or emergency medical services contractor for the borough. The borough mayor and emergency operations director shall be ex officio members of the committee, but are not entitled to vote and are not members for purposes of establishing a quorum.

2. The committee shall meet quarterly or at the call of the chair. A majority of the committee members shall constitute a quorum.

3. The chair may invite other emergency service providers in the borough to provide input on specific committee items if they have an interest different from that of the general public.

B. The purpose of the regional emergency services advisory committee shall be to review and monitor the provision of fire, emergency medical, and other emergency services in the borough, and make recommendations to the assembly. The committee shall have the following powers and duties:

1. Review risk and service demand, revenue and expenses, and make recommendations for the implementation of service levels and delivery provided by the borough, to include assisting with the development of a standards of response coverage document for all borough fire and emergency medical services and recommending location of fire stations and the distribution of apparatus and personnel;

2. Review the facilities, capital equipment, human and financial resources, response data, and any plans for the delivery of fire and emergency medical services in the borough;

3. Conduct public meetings to elicit input from residents concerning desired levels of service and cost of providing services;

4. Make recommendations for long-term solutions that ensure equitable delivery of services in the borough, including consideration of annexations, differential tax zones, or other legally available options. (Ord. 2019-12 § 2, 2019.)