[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Butler 11-3-1988 as Ord. No. 1313. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created the office of Fire Marshal who shall be appointed by the Mayor by and with the advice and consent of the City Council biannually.
The Fire Marshal shall have at least three (3) years experience in building and fire protection inspections, formal training in fire science or engineering and shall generally be informed on the basic principles of fire prevention, building and zoning requirements, the accepted requirements for means of egress and the installation of elevators and other service equipment necessary for the health, safety and general welfare of the occupants. A valid Pennsylvania driver's license is required. The Fire Marshal should have the ability to understand and tactfully enforce the ordinances, the ability to do field inspections, the ability to establish and maintain effective communications and a working relationship with city departments, as well as the county, state and federal offices involved, the ability to, upon inquiry, explain the BOCA Codes and should be available to attend evening meetings and be available to attend regional training meetings.
The Fire Marshal shall inspect all construction or buildings within the city or upon property owned or controlled by the city or a municipal authority of the city within the commonwealth, whether public, private or business, and shall enforce all laws of the commonwealth and ordinances of the city relating to such construction or buildings for the prevention, containment or investigation of fire and fire hazards, both as to the construction or buildings and as to the contents or occupancies thereof.
The Fire Marshal shall report to the Director or Public Safety, or to Council, any faulty or dangerous construction or building or like condition in any building that may constitute a fire hazard or any proposed use or occupation of any construction, building or premises, which would create or increase the hazard of fire. He shall investigate and review the permanent record of the cause, origin and circumstances of every fire and the damage resulting therefrom as prepared by the Chief of the Bureau of Fire occurring within his jurisdiction immediately after the occurrence of such fire. The said records shall be open to public inspection. The Fire Marshal shall submit to Council an annual report consolidating the information contained in said records at the first stated meeting in March of each year. He shall in cooperation with the Chief of the Bureau of Fire investigate the origin of any fire he deems suspicious and shall be equally subject to appointment and removal and to all powers and duties under the Act, approved the 27th day of April, 1927, (P.L. 450, No. 291), as amended, as is the Chief of the Bureau of Fire.
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 1181 et seq.