[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Upper Moreland Township as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as Title 2, Ch. 2, Art. 2, of the 1977 Code]
Editor's Note: This article was adopted 11-10-1964 by Ord. No. 526 and amended 7-6-1981 by Ord. No. 946; 1-3-1983 by Ord. No. 1007; 5-1-1989 by Ord. No. 1186; 3-6-1995 by Ord. No. 1332; 2-7-2000 by Ord. No. 1410; and 10-13-2003 by Ord. No. 1473.
The Upper Moreland Township Department of Fire shall consist of the Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company, such other additional fire companies hereafter organized as the Board of Commissioners may from time to time by ordinance or resolution receive into the Department, Fire Marshal and Assistant Fire Marshals, full- and part-time firefighters employed by Upper Moreland Township, and other full-time Township employees who may be assigned to fire-fighting duties as a secondary responsibility. Each Fire Department member in good standing shall be furnished with a badge by the Board of Commissioners as a mark of recognition of his or her duties.
The fire company(ies) shall elect or appoint a Chief and a President for a period of at least one year. Members of the Board of Directors and other officers shall be at least 21 years of age. The Chief and President shall give their services gratuitously and shall take and subscribe to the oath required of Township officials.
Appointment of career firefighters to supervisory rank will be done in accordance with adopted civil service regulations.
The Director of Emergency Services shall recommend to the Board of Commissioners minimum qualifications for line officers in chain of command at the Fire Department.
The Director shall develop an organizational structure and chain of command consistent with recognized practices and procedures.
Each fire company and all personnel comprising the Fire Department of the Township of Upper Moreland shall be subject to the jurisdiction and control of the Board of Township Commissioners and shall at all times conform to any and all rules and regulations as adopted by said Board, anything in the constitution and bylaws of the company notwithstanding.
In case the company or the officers or the members of the Department shall be charged with the violation of any rules or duties herein imposed by the Director of Emergency Services and/or the Board of Commissioners, the Director of Emergency Services shall have the authority to suspend from the Department those charged with the infraction. The said suspension shall not exceed 30 days unless sustained by the Board of Commissioners. The Director shall report the cause and circumstances of the action to the Board of Commissioners. The accused shall have the right of appeal to the Township Board of Commissioners, which may sustain, modify or overturn the disciplinary action.
A company must submit, within 30 days after admission to the Department, a certified copy of its constitution and bylaws for approval by said Board.
The Director of Emergency Services shall submit annually to the Township Board of Commissioners an annual report of activities, operations and financial condition for the calendar year preceding.
The Fire Department and its membership are authorized by the Township Board of Commissioners to perform the following in addition to the normal fire-fighting, rescue and emergency medical duties:
Participation in drills, practices, training sessions and pre-fire planning activities authorized by the Fire Department and supervised by a qualified instructor or a Fire Department officer.
Participation in community celebrations, ceremonial observances and funerals for deceased firefighters or other public figures, where such attendance is deemed appropriate by the Fire Department. Participation outside the borders of the Township must have prior approval of the Director of Emergency Services.
While performing duties necessary to prepare the fire station or other municipal buildings for use as a distribution center or a polling place for the primary and general elections.
Preparation for and responsible participation in parades, providing that attendance has the prior approval of the Fire Department. Out-of-town participation greater than 35 miles from the Township border must have prior approval of the Township Board of Commissioners.
Any public service functions performed for the welfare of the community, including recovery of animals, as long as these activities are responsibly supervised and are sanctioned by the Fire Department.
Any and all public safety activities undertaken by Fire Department members to render care to the injured, prevent loss of life, provide comfort and security to victims, and limit or prevent damage to or loss of property as circumstances may dictate.
While rendering assistance to police officers where such aid is specifically requested or is done without request to protect the public welfare from imminent danger, including fire police duties.
Participation in fire prevention activities, post-fire investigations, bomb searches, evacuation drills and fire lane enforcement.
While participating in public programs to promote health and safety, to enlist new members, or solicit community support, or conduct fund-raising activities, subject to the restrictions that:
While safely and responsibly performing maintenance and remodeling work on the Fire Department vehicles, buildings, grounds or equipment.
Such other duties necessary for the efficient operation of the Fire Department as may, from time to time, be assigned by the Township Manager, Board of Commissioners, Director of Emergency Services and the officers of the Fire Department, as may be defined within the constitution and bylaws of the volunteer fire departments.
While participating in hazardous materials incident responses when acting within the scope of their training certification.
While performing their duties as sworn fire police officers at any function, event or parade, both within and outside the municipal borders when prior approval has been authorized by the Chief of Police or the Director of Emergency Services.
When performing public service functions such as, by way of example and not limitation, removing water from property after storms and assisting in the removal, abatement and prevention of damage or injury to persons or property, whether through natural causes or man-made situations.
While responding to calls and providing services to municipalities outside the Township.
Fire companies will provide for adequate training for all firefighters and shall certify to the Township (through the Director of Emergency Services) annually that all firefighters responding to an incident will have received the appropriate training for duties undertaken by the firefighters.
All personnel who may respond to a potential hazardous materials incident shall be certified at the "fire responder awareness" level of training.
All fire personnel who respond to hazardous materials incidents and engage in defensive action to contain or direct a leak or spill shall be certified at the "fire responder operations" level of training.
Personnel responding to and engaging in aggressive action to contain a leak or spill shall be certified at a "hazardous materials technician" level of training.
Upon receipt of written documentation of certification by appropriate training authorities, the Township will confirm certification of individual personnel for the above levels of training.
[Adopted as Title 2, Ch. 3, of the 1977 Code]
Editor's Note: This article was adopted 11-24-1953 by Ord. No. 287 and amended 10-9-1973 by Ord. No. 781 and 3-6-1995 by Ord. No. 1333.
The Director of Fire and Emergency Services shall be the chief fire officer of the Township and shall have the power and responsibility of carrying out the provisions of this chapter. The Director shall also fulfill all duties and responsibilities of the Fire Marshal outlined below.
The Director shall be answerable to the Board of Commissioners and the Township Manager for the efficient and effective operation of the Department. The Director will develop and enforce standard operating guidelines based on recognized practices and procedures.
The Director will respond to and assume command of large-scale or complex emergencies when such action is necessary to protect life and property. The Director or other officer in charge of the scene shall have authority to close streets, initiate evacuations and exclude the public from the immediate vicinity of the emergency or place of danger.
The Fire Marshal shall have the power and responsibility of enforcing all laws, ordinances and regulations with respect to:
The prevention of fires.
The storage and use of explosives, flammables and hazardous materials.
The installation and maintenance of automatic and other fire alarm systems and fire-extinguishing equipment.
The maintenance and regulation of fire escapes and the means and adequacy of exits, in case of fire, from factories, schools, apartments, hotels, lodging houses, mental and other hospitals, churches, halls, theaters and all other places in which numbers of persons work, live or congregate from time to time for any purpose.
The investigation of the cause, origin and circumstances of fires and explosions.
Where the words "Fire Marshal" are used in this article, they shall be taken to mean as well "Assistant Fire Marshal" where one has been appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
The Fire Marshal may, at all reasonable hours, enter any building or premises within his jurisdiction for the purpose of making any inspection or investigation which he may deem necessary in the performance of his duties.
The Fire Marshal shall inspect, as often as necessary, all especially hazardous manufacturing processes, storage or installation of gases, chemicals, oils, explosive and flammable materials, all interior fire alarms and automatic suppression systems and other similar appliances and shall issue such orders as may be necessary for the enforcement of the laws and ordinances governing the same and for the safeguarding of life and property from fire.
The current National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards shall be considered the standard for the installation, use, storage and transportation of liquefied gases, fuel oils and gas appliances.
The Pennsylvania state laws governing flammable liquids and the current edition of the National Fire Protection Association Standard 30 are to be considered part of this article.
All buildings shall be subject to regulations for protection from fire and panic and for public safety, as provided for by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the ordinances of the Township of Upper Moreland, which shall have the same effect as if stated in this article.
The Department of Emergency Services shall be responsible for the emergency management function required by Public Law 1331, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Act. The Director shall serve as the coordinator and be responsible for the following:
Develop an emergency management staff using existing governmental services, public agencies and volunteers.
Prepare and maintain an emergency management plan, standard operating procedures and a resource list to address potential major emergencies.
Provide direction and coordination for the planning, organization and operation of the emergency management program.
Provide for the unmet needs of the Township's departments and service units and coordinate the activities of all on-scene response agencies.
Editor's Note: See 35 Pa.C.S.A. § 7101 et seq., the Emergency Management Services Act.