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(1) Applicability. Subject to the provisions of this section, the city may impose fire and EMS response fees when fire or EMS personnel respond to incidents involving out-of-area persons who are not members of FireMed or a reciprocating FireMed program. As used in this section, “out-of-area person” means persons residing outside of the cities of Eugene and Springfield and any special district which contracts with the cities of Eugene or Springfield to provide their fire service.

(2) Vehicular Accidents. When fire or EMS personnel respond to an incident involving a vehicular accident, a response fee not to exceed $450.00 may be charged to any out-of-area person.

(3) Adoption of Fees. The response fees shall be established by the city manager pursuant to section 2.020 of this code as provided in subsection (2) of this section.

(4) Collection. A statement for payment of the response fee shall be sent to the out-of-area person(s) involved in the incident. The amount shall constitute a debt due to the city from the recipient, may be collected in any manner authorized by law, and is recoverable in a civil action brought in the name of the city in a court of competent jurisdiction for recovery of the amount plus reasonable attorney fees.

(5) Appeal. A person who is issued a statement under subsection (4) of this section and believes that the statement, or the amount of the response fee in the statement, is not authorized by this code, may appeal in the manner provided by section 2.021 of this code. The appeal shall be heard and determined by a hearings officer in the manner set forth in section 2.021 of this code.

(Section 2.610 added by Ordinance No. 20478, enacted September 26, 2011, effective October 29, 2011.)