[Ord. No. 4-2C §1, 6-15-1998]
There is hereby created the office of Fire Chief of the Fire Department of the City.
[Ord. No. 4-2C §7, 6-15-1998]
The Fire Chief shall have command of the Fire Department and shall exercise a constant supervision over the same, taking care that each member of the department is properly trained and drilled in the manner of discharging the duties that may be assigned to him/her.
The Fire Chief shall make inspections of all the fire hydrants within the City and see that they are, at all times, in good repair and ready for use. He/she shall, in like manner, inspect all engines, pumps, hose carriages, hose, hook and ladder apparatus and trucks and every description of fire apparatus used by the City and see that the same are carefully preserved and kept in good condition for use in case of fire.
The Fire Chief shall have general charge and custody of all fire stations and of all property of the City in the possession of the Fire Department and shall take care that all such property is always kept in good condition and repair and ready for immediate use. All such equipment shall at all times remain the property of the City.
The Fire Chief, Assistant Chief and Captain shall attend all fires in the City as far as practicable, and all orders given by him/her to the Fire Department or any member thereof shall be promptly obeyed by the department or member. He/she may prescribe the limits in the vicinity of a fire within which no person, except those who reside therein, members of the Fire Department and those admitted by order of an officer of the department, shall be permitted; and it shall be the duty of the Chief of Police and of every Policeman of the City to aid him/her in carrying into effect the provisions of this Subsection.
The Fire Chief shall at all fires have the same Police authority that is vested with the Chief of Police and may command such assistance from the inhabitants of the City as may be required for the suppression and extinguishment of fires.
The Fire Chief shall summarily decide all questions, disputes or controversies arising in the Fire Department among either officers or men when the department is on duty.
[Ord. No. 4-2C §2, 6-15-1998]
The Farmington Fire Department shall have a paid Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief and Captain. These persons will serve as shift supervisors for the three (3) shifts of fire personnel. These positions will be paid a set salary which will be determined by the City Council. Their duties shall include responding to all calls during their shift and supervision for personnel, full-time and volunteer, during that shift. They will complete required daily administrative duties and assist fire personnel in daily duties set forth by the Fire Chief or his/her designee. They will respond to all calls for assistance by the Farmington Fire Department or other departments requiring assistance, call outs, meetings and training during scheduled days off, when available. In the absence of any full-time personnel during a scheduled shift, an off-duty supervisor as named above will be required to fill that position until volunteer personnel is found as a replacement or that shift ends.
In addition to the aforementioned shift supervisors, the Farmington Fire Department shall have personnel who will serve with the title of firefighter. The duties of these personnel will be to respond to all calls during their scheduled shift and perform all daily duties set forth by the Fire Chief or his/her designee. They will respond to all structure fires within the City of Farmington during their scheduled days off, when available, with compensation. They will attend all training and meetings during their scheduled days off, when available, without compensation.
The Fire Chief and City Administrator will consult and appoint a number of discreet, competent and able-bodied persons to form a good and sufficient full-time Fire Department. If there are personnel meeting this criteria within the staff of the volunteer personnel, they will be promoted from part-time status to full-time status. If there are no personnel meeting this criteria, applications will be accepted from non-volunteer members and the Fire Chief and City Administrator will consult and appoint a discreet, competent and able-bodied person to the available position(s). The persons so appointed, together with the Fire Chief and volunteer personnel, shall constitute the Farmington Fire Department.
The Farmington Fire Department shall have an adequate number of paid personnel to maintain a minimum of three (3) personnel per shift with a total of three (3) shifts. A minimum of six (6) firefighters and three (3) shift supervisors will be maintained at all times. The Farmington Fire Department shall additionally have a volunteer staff of fire personnel not to exceed thirty (30) persons.
All full-time fire personnel shall be required to work twenty-four (24) hour shifts. These shifts shall follow a rotation set forth by the Fire Chief or his/her designee and will allow for continuous coverage of the City of Farmington. While on shift these personnel will be required to remain in station or with their assigned apparatus at all times. The Farmington Fire Department Operating Guidelines will set forth a daily routine that will be followed by all personnel on shift.
[Ord. No. 4-2C §3, 6-15-1998]
Chief of the Fire Department shall, in the discharge of his/her duties, be subject to the orders of the Mayor and the City Administrator, in his/her capacity as the designee of Mayor, only; all other members of the Fire Department shall be subject to the orders of their superiors in the Fire Department and the Mayor only.
[Ord. No. 4-2C §5, 6-15-1998]
After his/her appointment to the Fire Department, a fireman shall serve an eighteen (18) month probationary period. This probationary period, or working test period, shall be regarded as an integral part of the examination process and the probationary fireman shall not be deemed to be a member of the Fire Department or permanent employee of the City. A review of the fireman's work shall be made before expiration of the probationary period.
[Ord. No. 4-2C §6, 6-15-1998]
All members of the Farmington Fire Department will obey the chain of command set forth by the Farmington Fire Department. The chain of command will be as follows: Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Captain, senior firefighter and firefighter. In the absence of a shift supervisor, a senior firefighter will act as shift supervisor until replaced or relieved by a superior officer. A senior firefighter will be appointed on each shift by the Fire Chief or his/her designee. In the event of the absence of a superior officer and senior firefighter, the firefighter with the most seniority will act as supervisor. Volunteer fire personnel who have been assigned as Fire Department officers may assume the role of shift supervisor, in the supervisor's absence, if they are assigned to work that shift. All fire personnel, paid and volunteer, must follow the operating guidelines set fort by the Farmington Fire Department. These guidelines are prepared by the Fire Chief or his/her designee and will be updated as the situation requires. Failure to follow these guidelines or directives from a superior officer may result in disciplinary action or termination.
[Ord. No. 4-2C §4, 6-15-1998]
The Farmington Fire Department supervisors, Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief and Captain shall work the required amount of hours to complete their duties as set forth by ordinance without any additional compensation above their set salary. Personnel in the position of firefighters will receive a set hourly wage determined by the City Council. They may work one hundred six (106) hours biweekly without overtime compensation, any hours worked above one hundred six (106) bi-weekly will be paid at time and a half. These personnel will be compensated at the rate of time and a half for responding to structure fires within the City of Farmington during scheduled days off. All personnel will be compensated accordingly by the City of Farmington for working on City holidays as set forth by the City Council. Volunteer fire personnel will be paid hourly at the rate of pay set forth by the City Council for responding to calls for assistance or working a shift for an absent full-time employee. No overtime pay or holiday compensation shall be given to volunteer fire personnel.
[Ord. No. 4-2C §8, 6-15-1998]
In the absence of the Fire Chief, or if for any cause he/she is unable to discharge the duties of his/her office, the assistant Fire Chief shall become the Fire Chief, subject to the approval of the City Council. He/she shall perform all the duties and have all powers of the office, pending such absence or other disability of the regularly appointed Fire Chief.
[Ord. No. 4-2C §9, 6-15-1998]
Compensation of Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and all other members of the Fire Department, including those reserve volunteers, shall be determined each year by ordinance by the City Council.
[Ord. No. 4-2D §1, 3-19-2001]
The coverage for said voluntary members shall be:
Payment of four hundred fifty dollars ($450.00) per week for four (4) weeks and up to four hundred fifty dollars ($450.00) per week starting with week five (5).
As an additional rider to the proposed coverage, the employee shall be paid three hundred dollars ($300.00) week if hospitalized in addition to benefits set out in Subsection (1) of this Section.
Annual first (1st) year premium three thousand four hundred seven dollars ($3,407.00).
Editor's Note — Ord. no. 15-1G §1, adopted June 20, 2005, repealed article II "fireworks" section 203.110 — 203.130 in their entirety. At the discretion of the editor article II was reserved as were sections 203.110 — 203.130. Former sections 203.110 — 203.130 derived from CC 1984 §§11-50 — 11-52; ord. no. 4-8A §1, 3-21-1994. New material was enacted and set out in ch. 500 of this code.