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DIVISION 12. FIRES AND FIRE PROTECTION [13000 - 14960]

  ( Division 12 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

PART 2.7. FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT LAW OF 1987 [13800 - 13970]

  ( Heading of Part 2.7 renumbered from Part 3 (as added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1013) by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1360, Sec. 91. )

CHAPTER 1. General Provisions [13800 - 13806]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1013, Sec. 11. )

13800.
  

This part shall be known and may be cited as the Fire Protection District Law of 1987 or as the Bergeson Fire District Law.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 1195, Sec. 20.5. Effective January 1, 1994.)

13801.
  

The Legislature finds and declares that the local provision of fire protection services, rescue services, emergency medical services, hazardous material emergency response services, ambulance services, and other services relating to the protection of lives and property is critical to the public peace, health, and safety of the state. Among the ways that local communities have provided for those services has been the creation of fire protection districts. Local control over the types, levels, and availability of these services is a long-standing tradition in California which the Legislature intends to retain. Recognizing that the state’s communities have diverse needs and resources, it is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this part to provide a broad statutory authority for local officials. The Legislature encourages local communities and their officials to adapt the powers and procedures in this part to meet their own circumstances and responsibilities.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1013, Sec. 11.)

13802.
  

As used in this part:

(a)  “City” means any city whether general law or charter, including a city and county, and including any city the name of which includes the word “town.”

(b)  “Day” means a calendar day.

(c)  “District” means a fire protection district created pursuant to this part or created pursuant to any law which this part supersedes.

(d)  “District board,” means the board of directors of a district.

(e)  “Employee” means any personnel of a district, including any regular or call firefighter hired and paid on a full-time or part-time basis, or any volunteer firefighter. “Employee” also includes any person who assists in the provision of any authorized emergency duty or service at the request of a person who has been authorized by the district board to request this assistance from other persons.

(f)  “Principal county” means the county having all or the greater portion of the entire assessed value, as shown on the last equalized assessment roll of the county or counties, of all taxable property within a district.

(g)  “Zone” means a service zone formed pursuant to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 13950).

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1013, Sec. 11.)

13803.
  

(a)  This part provides the authority for the organization and powers of fire protection districts. This part succeeds the Fire Protection District Law of 1961 and all of its statutory predecessors. Any fire protection district organized or reorganized pursuant to the Fire Protection District Law of 1961 or any of its statutory predecessors which was in existence on January 1, 1988, shall remain in existence as if it had been organized pursuant to this part, except that when the district board is a county board of supervisors the number and method of selection of its board of directors shall continue to be governed by the provisions of Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 13831) of the Fire Protection District Law of 1961 in effect on December 31, 1987, as if that chapter had not been repealed. Any special fire protection zone formed pursuant to Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 13991) of the Fire Protection District Law of 1961 or any of its statutory predecessors which was in existence on January 1, 1988, shall remain in existence as a service zone as if it has been formed pursuant to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 13950).

(b)  This part does not apply to any reorganization which was filed pursuant to the Fire Protection District Law of 1961 and which is pending on January 1, 1988. Those pending reorganizations may be continued and completed under, and in accordance with, the Fire Protection District Law of 1961. The repeals, amendments, and additions made by the act enacting this part shall not apply to any of those pending reorganizations, and the laws existing prior to January 1, 1988, shall continue in full force and effect as applied to those pending reorganizations.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1013, Sec. 11.)

13804.
  

This part is necessary for the public health, safety, and welfare, and shall be liberally construed to effectuate its purposes.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1013, Sec. 11.)

13805.
  

If any provision of this part or the application of any provision of this part in any circumstance or to any person, city, county, district, the state, or any agency or subdivision of the state is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this part which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application of the invalid provision, and to this end the provisions of this part are severable.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1013, Sec. 11.)

13806.
  

Any action to determine the validity of the organization or of any action of a district shall be brought pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 860) of Title 10 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1013, Sec. 11.)

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