[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Upper Chichester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Civil Service Commission — See Ch. 18.
Fire Department — See Ch. 34.
Firemen's Relief Association — See Ch. 39.
Pensions and retirement — See Ch. 71.
Police Department — See Ch. 82.
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 105.
Fire insurance proceeds — See Ch. 302.
Fire prevention and protection — See Ch. 307.
Article I Manager
Article II Fire Marshal
[Adopted 6-11-1964 by Ord. No. 219 (Ch. 1, Part 1B, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances)]
The Office of Township Manager is hereby created, subject to the right of the Township, by ordinance, at any time to abolish said Office.
The appointment to said Office of Township Manager shall be by a majority vote of the Board of Commissioners.
[Amended 8-13-1987 by Ord. No. 453]
The Board of Commissioners may enter into a contract of employment with the appointed Township Manager. Said contract may be for a period of up to 3 1/2 years and shall set forth the salary and terms of employment, one of which will be that either party may terminate the contract prior to its expiration.
Before entering upon his duties, the Township Manager shall give a bond to the Township of Upper Chichester, with a surety company, approved by the Township Solicitor, in the sum of $10,000, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties.
[Amended 8-13-1987 by Ord. No. 453]
The Township Manager shall receive such compensation as is fixed by the employment contract entered into between the Township and the Township Manager.
The Township Manager shall perform the following duties and shall have the following responsibilities:
The Township Manager shall see that all laws and ordinances are enforced.
The Township Manager shall make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners concerning the affairs of the Township, and shall make reports of the activities of all departments of government to the Township Commissioners.
The Township Manager shall prepare and submit a proposed annual budget to the Board of Commissioners.
The Township Manager shall be responsible for the general management of all Township business not expressly, by statute or ordinance, imposed or conferred upon other Township officers or employees.
The Township Manager in preparation of the proposed annual budget and in preparation of any financial reports or financial recommendations, shall confer with the various Commissioners about the committees of which they are Chairman, and the Township Manager shall base his reports on the conferences held with the various Commissioners concerning their committees and departments.
The Township Manager shall attend all meetings of the Board of Commissioners and shall attend, as far as possible, all meetings held by any governmental group in the Township of Upper Chichester.
The Township Manager shall have and perform such other duties as the Board of Commissioners may, from time to time, assign to him.
[Adopted 11-17-1987 by Ord. No. 456 (Ch. 1, Part 5B, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances)]
The Township Fire Marshal shall be appointed by the Township Fire Commissioner at a regular monthly meeting. The Township Fire Marshal shall serve a six-year term. At the end of the term, he may then be reinstated or a new person will be elected to fill the position for a six-year term.
The Township Fire Marshal shall be picked by the Fire and Police Board Committee. He or she will hold this position for the full term unless voted out by the Fire and Police Board Committee and Township Chiefs by a four-to-two vote. This panel shall consist of the Chief of each company and the three Commissioners who serve as the Fire and Police Board.
The following minimum education and experience shall be necessary to qualify for appointment to the office of Township Fire Marshal:
Shall have a valid high school diploma.
Shall be able to speak and read English.
Shall have completed the Basic Fire Fighting School.
Shall have completed the Advanced Fire Fighting School.
Shall have completed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Arson Detection School.
Shall have completed an approved course in hazardous materials.
The Board of Commissioners shall decide on a yearly operating budget for the Fire Marshal to work with.
The budget shall be used for equipment, office supplies, schooling, vehicle mileage, and for fire prevention material, and other supplies and material deemed necessary to carry out the duties of Township Fire Marshal.
The Code of the Township of Upper Chichester and the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, as amended from time to time, shall serve as the authoritative guides for the Township Fire Marshal.
The Township Fire Marshal shall have the following power and duties:
Fire suppression. The Township Fire Chief will be in command of all fire suppression in the Township. After the fire is declared under control, the fire scene will then be turned over to the Township Fire Marshal. If there is no Chief Officer on the fire scene, the Fire Marshal will be in command until the first Chief Officer arrives on the scene.
Investigation of fires.
To investigate all fires which occur within the Township in order to determine the cause thereof.
To provide a copy of the investigation to the Township Fire Chief and/or Police Chief when requested.
To work with and provide the necessary support and assistance to local and state police on fire investigations.
Enforcement of codes.
To inspect all buildings and all properties and to enforce the State and Township Fire Code.
To assist firefighting units by surveying buildings and recording their construction, occupancy, hazards, and fire protection systems. The Township Fire Marshal shall advise the area fire companies of this information, and shall arrange tours if requested.
Insurance rating authorities. To consult with the insurance companies and to convey to the Board of Commissioners the requirements for fire protection which are acceptable to the insurance ratings authorities.
Public education. To develop and conduct public education programs on fire safety.
Records and evidence.
The Fire Marshal shall keep records of all inspections, fires, and hazardous material incidents, and shall inform the Township Fire Chief and Fire Commissioner of all inspections.
To maintain a record(s) on file at the Township Municipal Building of any and all investigations and/or reports relating to the duties of his office.
If, in the opinion of the Fire Marshal, photographs of a scene are required, he shall take such pictures or, if necessary, request the Township Police or other agents to provide the necessary photographs.
The Township Fire Marshal shall also serve as the Assistant State Fire Marshal.
In the absence of the duly appointed Fire Marshal, the Township Fire Chief shall assume the duties of the Township Fire Marshal.
The Township Fire Chief and his assistants shall assist the Township Fire Marshal in the enforcement of the administrative codes.