The Fire Prevention Bureau has been and continues to conduct fire safety inspections throughout Newport Township. These inspections are annual and our goal is to visit every business in the Township to insure the safety of the business owners, employees, and patrons. Our thanks goes out to the businesses we have inspected for the great cooperation we have had thus far and look forward to those who we will meet this year. We would like you to understand that our fire inspectors are trying to prevent a fire from ruining your business and of course prevent anyone from injury. A few simple precautions can make the difference. We are pleased at how the businesses in Newport Township are complying with the building and fire codes, keeping them safe for all of us.
PLAN REVIEW / BUILDING INSPECTIONS
Why does the fire department assess a charge on new construction?
The Newport Township Fire Protection District provides Emergency Services to all residents of Newport Township for; Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, Below Ground Rescue, Trench Rescue, Structural Collapse, In-water, High Angle, and all other areas of service not performed by Law Enforcement. In order to perform these functions without increasing the tax burden on all taxpayers, an assessment is charged for those services that their operation may cause a need for.
Aren’t these costs covered by taxes?
Taxes are collected for a structure minimally one full year after a structure is completed and assessed. This means that taxes for the Fire Department services are not available to provide these services for two years after the structures are built. Calls for service are highest when structures are under construction.
What are these funds used for?
Plan Review/Inspection fees are used to provide future inspection services, specialized equipment for trench, below ground, and collapse rescue operations. The costs to provide these services are primarily covered by the assessment of fees for those services to the individuals and businesses that create their need. These funds are also used to help provide Fire/EMS personnel around the clock for all residents of the district.