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The City of Lawrence Fire Department may provide fire protection or services outside the boundaries of the City of Lawrence, only under the following circumstances and upon the following conditions:
(A) If the Board of Public Works and Safety enters into any mutual aid agreement with any existing municipal fire department or with the chief executive officer of any unit of government which maintains or finances an established fire department, wherein the agreement provides for the mutual assistance between the City of Lawrence Fire Department and the other fire departments such that the ranking officer of the respective department may request, when necessary, the assistance without charge to the assisted department. The City of Lawrence Fire Department is authorized to render such assistance as is requested by the ranking officer on duty with the respective department so long as the rendering of that assistance shall not endanger the citizens of the City of Lawrence or threaten the ability of the City of Lawrence Fire Department to render services within the City of Lawrence.
(B) The Board of Public Works and Safety, upon approval of the Mayor, may enter into a contract with any person, business, municipality or other governmental unit which is situated at a place not within the City of Lawrence, but within the county and which is desirous of contracting with the City of Lawrence for regular fire protection involving the use and services of the City of Lawrence Fire Department. The details of the contract shall be specified by the Board of Public Works and Safety, but each contract must provide that the City furnish on a calendar year basis such firefighting service and emergency services as may be reasonably necessary on the request of the contracting person, municipality or other governmental unit, but that obligation to render those services shall not exist at any time that the same would endanger or threaten the services of the City of Lawrence Fire Department to the citizens of the City of Lawrence. The contract shall also provide for a negotiated rate or fees payable as required by the Board of Public Works and Safety for the rendering of such services and may provide for additional charges based on the actual services and apparatus used in the performance of the agreement.
(Ord. 5, 2005, passed 6-6-2005)