[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of New Lisbon 4-2-2001 as Secs. 5-2-1, 5-2-2, 5-2-4 and 5-2-6 of the 2001 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Fire Department of the City of New Lisbon shall consist of a Chief, Assistant Chief, and all other persons belonging to the Fire Department, and all persons who may be organized or appointed with the approval of the Police and Fire Commission for extinguishing fires or preserving life and property.
Members of the Fire Department shall receive no set salary but shall be paid for each answer to a call and for two fire drills a month, as determined by the Police and Fire Commission.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
The primary objective of the fire defense program is to serve all citizens, without prejudice or favoritism, by safeguarding, collectively and individually, their lives against the effects of fires and explosions.
The second objective of the fire defense program is to safeguard the general economy and welfare of the community by preventing major conflagrations and the destruction by fire of industries and businesses.
The third objective of the fire defense program is to protect the property of all citizens against the effects of fire and explosions. All property deserves equal protection, regardless of location or monetary value.
The Common Council shall appropriate funds to provide for personnel, operation and for such apparatus and equipment for the use of the Fire Department as it may deem expedient and necessary to maintain efficiency and properly protect life and property from fire.
General supervision. The Chief shall have the general supervision of the Department under the general administration of the Police and Fire Commission. He/she shall be responsible for the personnel and general efficiency of the Department.
Department budget. Not later than October 1 of each year, the Chief shall file with the City Clerk-Treasurer a detailed estimate of the appropriations needed for the conduct of the Department during the ensuing fiscal year.
Enforcement of fire prevention ordinances. The Fire Chief shall enforce all fire prevention ordinances of the City and state laws and regulations pertaining to fire prevention and shall keep citizens informed on fire prevention methods and on the activities of the Department.
Reports. The Fire Chief shall keep a report of every fire to which the Department was called and shall enter in such report the locality of the fire, time alarm was received, cause of fire, where fire started, cause of delay (if any) in responding, method of extinguishment and equipment used, estimated fire loss, time fire was extinguished, names of firefighters responding and general remarks.
The Fire Chief of the New Lisbon Fire Department and assistants or officers in command at any fire are hereby vested with full and complete police authority at fires. Any officer of the Department may cause the arrest of any person failing to give the right-of-way to the Fire Department in responding to a fire.
The Fire Chief of the New Lisbon Fire Department may prescribe certain limits in the vicinity of any fire within which no persons, except firefighters and law enforcement officers and those admitted by order of any officer of the Department, shall be permitted to come.
The Fire Chief of the New Lisbon Fire Department shall have the power to cause the removal of any property whenever it shall become necessary for the preservation of such property from fire or to prevent the spreading of fire or to protect the adjoining property, and during the progress of any fire he/she shall have the power to cause the removal of all wires or other facilities and the turning off of all electricity or other services where the same impedes the work of the Department during the progress of a fire.
During the progress of any fire, the Fire Chief or his/her assistant shall have the power to order the removal or destruction of any property necessary to prevent the further spread of fire, provided that it is inevitable that, unless such property is removed, other property is in danger of being destroyed by fire.
The Fire Chief of the New Lisbon Fire Department shall be the Fire Inspector of the City of New Lisbon and shall have the power to appoint one or more Deputy Fire Inspectors and shall perform all duties required of fire inspectors by the laws of the state and rules of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, particularly § 101.14, Wis. Stats.
While acting as Fire Inspector pursuant to § 101.14(2), Wis. Stats., the Fire Chief, or any officer of the Fire Department designated by the Fire Chief of the New Lisbon Fire Department, shall have the right and authority to enter any building or upon any premises in the City of New Lisbon at all reasonable hours for the purpose of making inspections or investigations which, under the provisions of this Code of Ordinances, he/she may deem necessary. Should the Fire Inspector find that any provisions of this Code relating to fire hazards and prevention of fires are being violated, or that a fire hazard exists which should be eliminated, it shall be his/her duty to give such directions for the abatement of such conditions as he/she shall deem necessary.
The Chief of the New Lisbon Fire Department is required, by himself/herself or by officers or members of the Fire Department designated by him/her as fire inspectors, to inspect all buildings, premises and public thoroughfares, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, or any violations of any law or ordinance relating to fire hazards or to the prevention of fires. Such inspections shall be made at least once in six months in all of the territory served by the New Lisbon Fire Department and more often as the Chief orders. Each six-month period shall begin on January 1 and July 1 of each year. Repairs or alterations necessary to remove the hazardous condition shall be made within a reasonable time at the expense of the owner. The Inspector shall also investigate the storage and handling of explosives and inflammable liquids within the City.
Written reports of inspections shall be made and kept on file in the office of the Chief of the New Lisbon Fire Department in the manner and form required by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
It shall be lawful for any firefighter while acting under the direction of the Fire Chief or any other officer in command to enter upon the premises adjacent to or in the vicinity of a building or other property then on fire for the purpose of extinguishing such fire, and in case any person shall hinder, resist or obstruct any firefighter in the discharge of his/her duty as is hereinbefore provided, the person so offending shall be deemed guilty of resisting firefighters in the discharge of their duty.