[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Monroe 1-27-1977 (Ch. 11 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Council does hereby establish and create a corps of fire police within and for the Town of Monroe as hereinafter set forth.
Said fire police shall be empowered and authorized to preserve the public peace, including traffic control and regulation, during fires, fire drills, fire calls and/or other related fire company activity to which a volunteer fire company of and within the Town of Monroe is called upon to respond.
The fire police of the Town of Monroe shall act under and be subject to the direction of the chief of the volunteer fire company to which the fire policemen belong or any member serving in the capacity of fire officer in charge of directing activities at such fire or other emergency to which the fire policemen's company responds.
Each such fire police person, while in the performance of fire police duties, shall wear the badge of office in plain view of any observer. Each such fire police person, while directing traffic in performance of the duties of fire police, shall wear a white helmet with the words "Fire Police" in red letters on the front thereof or regulation fire police dress uniform cap and, after dark or in inclement weather, a traffic safety vest, orange or lime green raincoat or any reflectorized orange or lime green outer clothing that meets national, state and local traffic safety standards; carry a flashlight, which shall have a red or orange wand and be capable of projecting a clear light for the purpose of illumination at nighttime; and utilize hand-held or portable traffic control devices appropriate for the time of day, weather and traffic flow. Such helmet, cap, vest, raincoat or outer clothing, badge, traffic control equipment and flashlight may be supplied by the appointing municipality or district.
The Town Council shall appoint fire police persons from a list of fire company personnel recommended by the volunteer fire companies of the Town. The fire police persons shall be citizens of the State of Connecticut, bona fide members of a volunteer fire company of and within the Town of Monroe and at least 18 years of age. Fire police persons shall submit to the same criminal record check as required for auxiliary police officers of the Town of Monroe. The Town Council may refuse to appoint any person who has been convicted of the crime of moral turpitude. Said fire police persons shall serve without compensation. The number of fire police persons to be appointed by the Town Council shall be determined each year upon recommendation by the volunteer fire companies.
[Added 7-18-1979; amended 7-27-1998]
No person shall be appointed as a fire police person unless he/she shall have successfully completed a training course in the requirements and duties of such position of at least four hours in length given by the Monroe Police Department in cooperation with the volunteer fire companies. No person shall be reappointed as a fire police person unless he/she shall have successfully completed a refresher training course of at least two hours given by the Monroe Police Department in cooperation with the volunteer fire companies.
The Town Council may, upon recommendation of a volunteer fire company, remove for cause any fire police person appointed hereunder.
The term of each fire police person shall be one year or until a successor is duly appointed.