Rural Fire Protection Program
Details of the Rural Fire Protection Plan
Residential Contract: $100.00 year for each non-attached property. $500.00 minimum charge for call for service to a maximum of $1,500.00 plus any materials used or damages incurred providing that service.
Commercial Contract: $200.00 year for each non-attached property. $1,000.00 minimum charge for call for service to a maximum of $3,000.00 plus any materials used or damages incurred providing that service.
No Contract: $500.00 minimum charge (residential) or $1,000.00 minimum charge (commercial) for call for service and no maximum limit, plus materials and damages incurred while providing that service.
- Multiple properties, not adjacent or adjoining, require a separate contract for each property an owner or renter wishes to be covered.
- All property owners, where service is provided, will be billed for that service. Historically, only the property owner where the fire originated was billed.
- Billing is based on a set apparatus and personnel fee schedule.
- The Rural Fire Protection Plan is in accordance with Ordinance Number 391, approved by the Perkins City Commission on March 13, 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ #1. A $100 yearly fee for each non-attached property--does that mean my house and all the barns and outbuildings around my house will need a separate $100 contract?
Answer: No, the $100 contract covers a parcel of land (regardless of size) and all structures on that property. All additional properties (structures included) not directly attached to the original property or to each other will need a separate contract.
FAQ #2. I had a fire on my land but it started on my neighbors property. Will I be billed?
Answer: Yes, property owners will be billed for service regardless of fire origin.
FAQ #3. There was a fire on my land, but a neighbor called the fire department. I don't want the fire put out. Can I ask the fire department to leave?
Answer: Yes, unless there is either a county or state burn ban in place, a property owner can deny access to the fire department; however, that property owner could be held liable for damages should that fire grow and cross to a neighboring property.
FAQ #4. If I don't get a contract, will the fire department still respond if I have a fire?
Answer: Absolutely. The fire department will respond regardless of whether you have a contract or not; however, participating Rural Fire Protection Plan will help reduce your cost should you have a fire and require fire services.
Contract, Terms and Conditions
Contracts will be accepted at Perkins City Hall.
A separate contract is required for each property location.
Download the Rural Fire Protection Contract & Terms in pdf form.