City of Springfield, MA
Hampden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Springfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 27, Art. IV.
Fire Department — See Ch. 27, Art. XI.
Fire Commissioner — See Ch. 67, Art. XII.
Police Commissioner — See Ch. 67, Art. XIII.
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 208.
[Adopted as Title 7, Ch. 7.04, of the 1986 Code]
[Amended 10-3-1990]
There is created and established within the City a department known as the "Springfield Office of Emergency Preparedness" for the purpose of performing civil defense functions and local emergencies and other powers in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 or any act in substitution or amendment thereof.
A. 
The Department established by § 34-1 shall be under the direction of a Director who shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve during the pleasure of the Mayor.
B. 
He may be removed at any time with or without cause and his successor shall be appointed in the same manner as the original appointment.
C. 
The Director shall devote his full time to his duties under this article, shall not hold any other public office, and shall receive, subject to appropriation, such compensation as the Mayor and City Council may determine.
D. 
The Director shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operation of the Department, subject to the direction and control of the Mayor.
[Amended 10-3-1990]
A. 
The Director shall utilize and coordinate the services, equipment, supplies and facilities of existing departments, offices and agencies of the City for the purpose of performing local civil defense functions and other local emergencies.
B. 
The Director may, within limits of the amount appropriated therefor, appoint deputy directors and such experts, clerks, employees and assistants as the work of the Department may require.
C. 
The Director is authorized and directed to issue rules and regulations, to make executive orders, expend funds and do all things necessary and proper to carry out the provisions of Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 or any act in substitution or amendment thereof, and for the preservation of the public safety, health, morals and general welfare, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing:
(1) 
Measures appropriate to defense against air raids, including the regulations of lights and lighting and the distribution of lighting, electricity, gas and power of every kind throughout the City, the formulation, execution and enforcement of blackout plans, and the ordering of test or practice blackouts as well as blackouts in time of actual need;
(2) 
Measures appropriate to the mobilization of regular, special, and volunteer facilities for fire fighting, for the preservation of order, of lives, of property and of health and sanitation, and to these ends he may cause the demolition of buildings and other structures;
(3) 
Measures appropriate to the regulation of traffic, the prevention of sabotage, and the protection of public and private facilities of every kind, the control of firearms and explosives, the provision of ambulance service and of first aid and other medical care, and of relief;
(4) 
Measures appropriate to the preparation, execution and enforcement of disaster plans and the organization of all transportation and communication facilities, and of emergency services of every kind;
(5) 
Measures appropriate to the preservation of public morals; and measures appropriate to all other subjects designed to further the accomplishment of the purposes of this article, whether or not such subjects be of the same or a similar kind with the subjects listed in this article.
D. 
Whenever he deems it appropriate the Director may require drills and practice exercises.
E. 
Whenever it is necessary in specific emergencies, he may cause to be commandeered for the public use automobiles, trucks, and other equipment, materials, food, clothing, medical and other supplies.
[Amended 10-3-1990]
A. 
There is established an Office of Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council.
B. 
Such Council shall serve without pay and shall consist of the Director of Emergency Preparedness, such other department heads and such other persons as the Mayor, after consultation with the Director, may deem necessary.
C. 
Such member of the Council as the Mayor shall designate shall serve as Chairman of the Council.
D. 
The Council shall serve subject to the direction and control of the Mayor and shall advise the Mayor and the Director on matters pertaining to civil defense and local emergencies.
The Mayor is authorized to accept and receive on behalf of the City any offer by the federal government or agency or officer thereof or any person, firm or corporation of services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds by way of gift, grant, or loan for purposes of civil defense, subject to the terms of the offer and the rules and regulations, if any, of the agency making the offer.
A. 
The Board of Police Commissioners and the Board of Fire Commissioners shall act for the City in carrying out the provisions of Section 11 of Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950, as amended, relative to auxiliary firemen and auxiliary policemen.
B. 
The Chief of Police, subject to the rules and order of the Board of Police Commissioners and upon the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to go to the aid of any city or town at the request of the city or town in the suppression of riots or other forms of violence in accordance with the provisions of Section 11B of Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950.
This article shall remain in force during the effective period of Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 or any act in substitution, amendment or continuation thereof.
[Adopted as Title 7, Ch. 7.08, of the 1986 Code]
The purpose of the Emergency Medical Services Commission is to facilitate the coordination of the provision of emergency medical services between the public safety departments of the City and the providers of emergency medical services.
A. 
An Emergency Medical Services Commission is established.
B. 
Such Commission shall consist of five members:
(1) 
One of whom shall be the Chairman of the Police Commission or his designee;
(2) 
One of whom shall be the Chairman of the Fire Commission or his designee;
(3) 
Two of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor, one of which shall be a physician on the nomination of the executive of hospitals located within the City receiving ambulance service, who shall not be subject to the provisions of Chapter 73, Personnel, § 73-11; and
(4) 
The fifth member shall be appointed by the Mayor.
A. 
The original members of the Emergency Medical Services Commission, aside from the Chairmen of the Police and Fire Commissions, shall be appointed in the following manner:
(1) 
One of the Commissioners shall be appointed for a term ending one year from the effective date of this article;
(2) 
One shall be appointed for a term of two years from said date; and
(3) 
One shall be appointed for a term of three years from said date.
B. 
Thereafter, all appointments shall be for a term ending three years from the end of the prior term established by this section, notwithstanding that any Commissioner appointed shall serve until a successor has been appointed.
A. 
The Emergency Medical Services Commission shall exercise on behalf of the City, subject to appropriation, all powers granted by MGL c. 40, § 5(21A).
B. 
The Emergency Medical Services Commission may enter into contracts subject to appropriation and approval of the Mayor, upon such terms and conditions as it deems proper, for response to calls for ambulance services received or initiated by the City, its officers or employees. If such contracts require the cooperation or assistance of any municipal departments, the Commission shall obtain the consent of the department head of such department.
C. 
The Emergency Medical Services Commission may organize or undertake, subject to appropriation, such planning or other activities to improve ambulance and related services within the City as it may deem proper.
D. 
The Emergency Medical Services Commission may, with the consent of the Director of Civil Defense of the City, collaborate with said Director to prepare a medical disaster response plan for the City.