Section 45-21-242.09Eligible fire departments and rescue squads - Use of funds.
Funds paid to eligible fire departments and rescue squads shall only be expended for fire protection and emergency medical and rescue services including training, supplies, and equipment. The funds may also be expended to purchase liability insurance to insure coverage of acts or omissions which are directly related to the functions of a fire department or rescue squad which are committed by a fire department or rescue squad or the personnel of a fire department or rescue squad. The funds may not be expended for food, drink, social activities, fund-raising activities, or salaries. After receiving funds, the fire departments and rescue squads shall keep accurate records to verify that the funds were properly expended. By September 15 of each year, the fire departments and rescue squads shall file a financial statement with the Crenshaw County Commission detailing the expenditure of all funds received from this part during the previous 12 months. The filing shall also account for all unspent funds and whether the unspent funds have been obligated. The Crenshaw County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments shall supply the accounting forms to each eligible fire department and rescue squad. No new fire departments shall be funded within Crenshaw County without the prior approval of the Crenshaw County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments and the Crenshaw County Commission and without first being certified according to the Alabama Forestry Commission guidelines. New departments shall attain an ISO Class 9 rating within one year of receiving fire tax funds to remain eligible. No new rescue squads shall be funded within Crenshaw County without prior approval of the Crenshaw County Commission.
(Act 96-604, p. 947, §10.)