[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Schodack 12-10-1981 as L.L. No. 1-1981. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to § 91-a of the General Municipal Law and at the request of the Town of Schodack Fire Chiefs Association, this chapter is enacted for the purpose of establishing a Fire Investigation Unit for the Town of Schodack.
The Supervisor of the Town of Schodack is hereby empowered to formulate a Fire Investigation Unit comprised of volunteer firemen and a member or members of the Schodack Police Department, all with experience and training in fire and arson investigation.
The operational objectives of such Unit shall be:
To enter and remain at a fire scene within the boundaries of the Town of Schodack for the purpose of determining the cause and origin of any fire of suspicious, incendiary or undetermined origin.
To interview persons who may have knowledge or information which would aid in the determination of the fire cause or origin.
To search for and remove materials from a fire scene which might aid in the determination of the cause of the fire. This includes the collection of any evidence to be forwarded to a forensic laboratory for examination.
To assist the Town of Schodack Police Department (upon request by the Department) in an investigation which results from any determination that the cause of the fire is arson. This includes rendering technical assistance to a Police Department member while engaged in an interview or other specific instances.
The Fire Investigation Unit shall be under the direct supervision of the member of the Schodack Police Department assigned to such unit.
In the exercise of the powers granted by this chapter, the Supervisor may, from time to time, designate as Fire Investigator any one or more of the officers of the several fire districts, fire protection districts, fire departments or fire companies in the Town of Schodack, or any fireman thereof, and may employ necessary assistants therefor. Such Fire Investigators shall serve at the pleasure of the Supervisor. The Town Board may fix the compensation of all Fire Investigators and any assistants employed under the provisions of this chapter, and all expenses incurred under the provisions of this chapter, shall be a charge upon and paid by the town.