[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paxtang 3-30-1929 by Ord. No. 83 (Part 10, Ch. 1, Art. B1, of the 1994 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Paxtang Fire Company No. 1 is recognized as the fire department and the official fire protection unit for the Borough of Paxtang. The fire department shall be under the supervision of the Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief, which offices are hereby created, and hereafter the Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief shall be officers of the Borough.
The Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief shall be appointed by Council, and each shall serve for and during a term of three years, and until their respective successors shall be appointed by Council.
The Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief may be removed from office by Council at any time for what, in Council's opinion, constitutes incompetency or misfeasance in office.
The Fire Chief shall at all times have full control of the fire trucks and other fire apparatus, and the fire equipment generally, and he shall give general instructions how, when and where to use them in case of fires. He shall direct the attachment of the hose, placing of the engines, the direction of streams and the order of hose to the engines and shall have general supervision of the fire apparatus. He shall have free access thereto at all times for the purpose of inspection, and shall weekly inspect the same and report to Council the condition thereof at the end of every three months, and more often whenever the Council shall so direct by resolution. He shall have full power and authority to have the apparatus repaired when necessary, and to purchase such material as he may deem necessary to keep the department in proper condition for service during the intervals between regular meetings of the Council and recess of the Council, provided that any repairs that require the expenditure of more than $50 he shall report to the Public Safety Committee for approval before the contract is let. He shall render an account every month to Council of the expenditures for the department. He shall submit to Council for its approval, rules and regulations, with proper penalties, for the government of said department.
The Deputy Fire Chief shall assist the Fire Chief in the performance of his duties and shall act for him in his absence or incapacitation by reason of sickness or otherwise.
[Amended 12-20-1988 by Ord. No. 509]
Compensation of the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief shall be in such sums as shall be established by resolution of the Borough Council.
In addition to actually fighting fires or while engaged in going to or returning from any fire, the members of the Fire Company recognized by the Borough are authorized to do the following things:
Answer any type of fire alarm or call, whether general alarm, private call or investigation of fire report, or emergency call of any type, inside or without the Borough;
Engage in any type of drill, training, ceremony, practice, test or parade when duly called or authorized by a proper officer or officers of the Fire Company;
Engage in fund-raising activities for the Fire Company, when authorized by a proper officer or officers of the Fire Company; and
Engage in the performance of any other duty or activity authorized by any officer of the recognized Fire Company.