House Bill No. 211

Introduced By Rose, Hayne, Kitzenberg, Ahner, Stang, Hertel

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act allowing third-class cities or towns to contract for fire protection services; allowing third-class cities or towns to consolidate fire protection services; and amending section

7-33-4101, MCA."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

Section 1.  Section 7-33-4101, MCA, is amended to read:

"7-33-4101.   Fire department protection services DEPARTMENT authorized and required. In every city and town of this state there shall be a fire department, which shall be Each city and town of this state shall provide fire protection services, IN EVERY CITY AND TOWN OF THIS STATE THERE MUST BE A FIRE DEPARTMENT, WHICH MUST BE organized, managed, and controlled as provided in this part EXCEPT THAT A THIRD-CLASS CITY OR TOWN MAY CONTRACT FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES OR CONSOLIDATE ITS FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH ANOTHER FIRE PROTECTION PROVIDER CREATED UNDER THIS PART. To provide these services, a third-class city or town may contract for the services or may consolidate its fire protection services with another fire protection provider created under this part."