[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen (now Town Council) of the Town of North Branford 4-27-1938. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This purpose of this chapter is to organize a Fire Department in the Town of North Branford.
There shall be in the Town of North Branford a Department of Fire Services to be managed, controlled and directed as the law requires.
[Amended 7-9-1974 by Ord. No. 119; 10-10-1995 by Ord. No. 189]
The Board of Fire Commissioners shall consist of five (5) members appointed in accordance with Article 5 of the Charter. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Council in accordance with § C5-4 the Charter. At the first meeting of the Board following each biennial election, the Board shall elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary to serve as officers of the Board for a term of two (2) years. In the event of removal or resignation of any such officer after the vacancy thus created has been filled by the Council, the Board shall hold a special election to replace the vacated officer. The Board may adopt bylaws for the orderly transaction of its business not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 7-9-1974 by Ord. No. 119]
Before engaging in any activities of the Board, each duly elected Commissioner shall be sworn to the faithful performance of duty as a Fire Commissioner by the Town Clerk. The Board shall make an annual report to the Council, the substance of which shall be published in the annual report of the Town of North Branford. The Board shall, not less than one hundred twenty (120) days before the end of the fiscal year, file with the Town Manager, on forms prescribed and provided by the Manager, detailed estimates of proposed expenditures to be made on behalf of the Department of Fire Services for the ensuing fiscal year. Members of the Board of Fire Commissioners shall serve without compensation, except that actual expenditures of any member incurred while on official business may, with the approval of the Board, be reimbursed to the member from funds budgeted for such expenses.
[Amended 7-9-1974 by Ord. No. 119; 6-16-1981 by Ord. No. 140]
The Board of Fire Commissioners shall have the control of all equipment, apparatus, buildings, land and supplies purchased by or donated to the Town of North Branford for fire protection services. The Board is authorized, subject to approval of the Council, to enter into written agreements with any volunteer fire company or companies within the town for the protection thereof from fire. Such agreements may provide for financial assistance between the town and the volunteer companies, loans to such companies of town-owned equipment and fire-fighting apparatus, institution of supervised training and preventive maintenance programs and any other reasonable rules and regulations agreed upon by the parties, designed to provide effective and efficient fire service for the Town of North Branford. The Board shall also have the power to enact rules and regulations to govern, supervise and discipline all firemen.
[Amended 7-9-1974 by Ord. No. 119]
By a majority vote of its members, the Board shall appoint a Chief of Fire Services to serve in this capacity for a term of three (3) years, except that the first officer so appointed shall serve until December 31, 1977. All appointments to this office shall be made not later than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the term of office of the incumbent officer. The effective dates of the appointee's term of office shall be recited in the resolution of the appointing Board and recorded in its minutes. Before assuming office, each appointed Chief of Fire Services shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his duties by the Town Clerk.
[Added 7-9-1974 by Ord. No. 119; amended 6-16-1981 by Ord. No. 140]
The Chief of Fire Services shall be responsible for the supervision of the education, training and preparedness of all firemen and volunteer firemen performing fire services in the Town of North Branford. He shall be responsible for the preparation and supervision of preventive maintenance programs for the care and protection of fire apparatus, buildings and equipment owned by the town. He shall assist the Board of Fire Commissioners in the preparation of its annual report and budget. He shall attend the meetings of the Board of Fire Commissioners and provide the Board with monthly reports of all fire services performed in the town, including the number of firemen or volunteers available, equipment condition, injuries and any other information requested by the Board. He shall perform any other similar and related duties assigned to him by the Board, including but not limited to responsibility for the enforcement of any rules and regulations as enacted by the Board and to the extent the Board so prescribes.
[Added 7-9-1974 by Ord. No. 119]
A Chief of Fire Services appointed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall not be dismissed during his term of office unless he has been given notice in writing of the specific grounds for such dismissal and has been given an opportunity to be heard in his own defense, personally or by counsel, at a public hearing before the Board of Fire Commissioners. Such public hearing shall be held not less than five (5) nor more than ten (10) days after such notice. In all such hearings, a verbatim transcript shall be recorded. Any person so dismissed may take an appeal therefrom in accordance with the provisions of Section 7-302, Connecticut General Statutes.