[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Islesboro 6-6-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Association exemption from certain licensing requirements — See Ch. 257, Arts. II and III.
This chapter is enacted in accordance with 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 3001 and 3151 et seq.
This chapter shall be titled "Town of Islesboro Fire Department Ordinance" and shall be cited herein as "this chapter."
The purpose of this chapter is to establish and organize a municipal Fire Department pursuant to 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3151 et seq., as amended.
The Fire Department shall be established as a department of the Town of Islesboro. The Town Manager shall appoint, subject to confirmation by the Board of Selectmen, a Fire Chief who shall be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Fire Department.
The Fire Chief shall be responsible for the immediate supervision and operation of the Fire Department and the conduct of the Fire Department membership as generally defined in 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3153, as amended.
The Fire Chief shall:
Supervise members of the Fire Department in their duties;
Maintain a roster of members of the Fire Department and recruit new members, as necessary, to fulfill the mission of the Fire Department;
Provide for training of members of the Fire Department;
Be responsible for the maintenance of all vehicles, equipment, and turn-out gear in a safe and fire-fighting readiness mode;
Assist the Town Manager in the preparation of an annual operational budget and capital equipment budget;
Prepare and maintain standard operating guidelines for the Fire Department;
Be responsible for the preparation and maintenance of records of the Fire Department, including but not limited to duty hours and training hours of the members of the Fire Department, personnel files and such other records as directed by the Town Manager;
Be responsible for the issuance of burning permits in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Maine State Forest Service and the Town of Islesboro;
Provide the public with fire safety programs and fire safety materials from time to time; and
Perform such other related Fire Department duties as the Town Manager may direct.
The Fire Chief shall appoint Deputy Chiefs and supervisors as needed.
Establishment. The municipal firefighters of the Fire Department may establish an independent association pursuant to 13 M.R.S.A. § 901 et seq. or Title 13-B.
An association formed by municipal firefighters may include non-firefighters.
Such an association may raise funds from the public on behalf of the Fire Department for training, education, equipment, vehicles, facilities and other Fire-Department-related purposes.
Funds raised by such an association shall remain the property of the association but shall revert to the Town of Islesboro to be used for Fire Department purposes in the event the association disbands.
Equipment, vehicles, or facilities purchased by the association shall remain property of the association unless donated to and accepted by the Town of Islesboro by a vote of the Board of Selectmen.
Equipment, vehicles, or facilities owned by an association shall be clearly marked as association property.
This association is not a department or part of a department of the Town of Islesboro, but is recognized as an association.
Gifts, donations, and bequests.
Gifts, donations, and bequests made to the Fire Department, whether conditional or unconditional, shall be treated as public funds and are only to be accepted and used in accordance with the provisions established in 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 5652 to 5654.
Gifts, donations, and bequests made to independent organizations or associations associated with the Fire Department, but not part of the Department, may be treated as private funds, to be disposed of as determined by the independent organization or association.
The Fire Department shall provide mutual aid fire protection to those municipalities with which the Town has approved agreements. All mutual aid agreements shall be in writing and shall be subject to review and approval by the Board of Selectmen.
This chapter supersedes and replaces any or all like or comparable ordinances, policies or decisions previously enacted or adopted by the Town of Islesboro. This chapter shall remain in effect unless or until it is revoked or superseded in accordance with 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3002.
This chapter may be amended from time to time in accordance with the provisions of 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3002.