[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Glenwood City 12-1-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-02 as §§ 5-2-2 to 5-2-9 of the 2003 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall impede the progress of a fire engine, fire truck or other fire apparatus of the Glenwood City Volunteer Fire Department along the streets or alleys of such City at the time of a fire or when the City Volunteer Fire Department of the City is using such streets or alleys in response to a fire alarm or for practice.
Police authority at fires.
The Fire Chief 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 City Volunteer Fire Department in responding to a fire.
The Fire Chief may prescribe certain limits in the vicinity of any fire within which no persons, excepting firefighters and police officers and those admitted by order of any officer of the Department, shall be permitted to come.
The Chief 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 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.
Fire inspection duties.
The Fire Chief shall be the Fire Inspector of the City of Glenwood City 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 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 City Volunteer Fire Department designated by the Fire Chief, shall have the right and authority to enter any building or upon any premises in the City of Glenwood City at all reasonable hours for the purpose of making inspections or investigations which, under the provisions of this Code of Ordinances, he 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 duty to give such directions for the abatement of such conditions as he shall deem necessary.
The Chief of the City Volunteer Fire Department is required, by himself or by officers or members of the City Volunteer Fire Department designated by him 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 City Volunteer Fire Department and oftener as the Chief of the City Volunteer Fire Department orders. Each six-month period shall begin on January 1 and July 1 of each year.
Written reports of inspections shall be made and kept on file in the office of the Chief of the City Volunteer Fire Department in the manner and form required by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Driving over fire hose. No person shall willfully injure in any manner any hose, hydrant or fire apparatus belonging to the City, and no vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of the City Volunteer Fire Department when laid down on any street, private driveway or other place, to be used at any fire or alarm or fire, without the consent of the City Volunteer Fire Department official in command.
Parking vehicles near hydrants. It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle or leave any object within 10 feet of any fire hydrant at any time.
No parking near fire. It shall be unlawful for any person, in case of fire, to drive or park any vehicle within one block from the place of fire without the consent and authority of the Fire Chief or any police officer.
Entering adjacent property. 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 duty as is hereinbefore provided, the person so offending shall be deemed guilty of resisting firefighters in the discharge of their duty.
Destruction of property to prevent the spread of fire. During the progress of any fire, the Fire Chief or his 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.
Every person who shall be present at a fire shall be subject to the orders of the Fire Chief or officer in command and may be required to render assistance in fighting the fire or in removing or guarding property. Such officer shall have the power to cause the arrest of any person or persons refusing to obey said orders.
Whenever there shall be a fire or fire alarm or the City Volunteer Fire Department shall be out for practice, every person driving or riding in a motorized or other vehicle shall move and remain to the side of the street until the fire engine and fire truck and other fire apparatus have passed.
No person shall occupy any portion of such streets or alleys with a motorized or other vehicle between such fire engine or fire truck or other fire apparatus and any hydrant to which a fire hose may be, or may be about to be, attached.
Prohibitions; definition. "Open burning" as used herein shall mean burning done outside of a building.
Open burning is prohibited in the City of Glenwood City without first obtaining a permit, with the following exceptions:
Small outdoor fires used for cooking or used as part of a public ceremony.
Small open fires for welding, acetylene torches, safety flares, heating tar, or similar applications.
Charcoal or gas grills used for noncommercial outdoor cooking.
Woodburning portable outdoor fireplaces that are fully screened and covered.
Special City, school or church events involving outdoor cooking devices and bonfires as recommended by the Fire Chief and approved by the Common Council.
In-ground fire pits no more than three feet in diameter (interior measurement of the ring) which are surrounded with an enclosure of rock, brick, cement block or a similar material. Such pits shall be located no less than 15 feet from a property line. Any fire built in such a pit will be completely within the enclosed area, and no combustible material shall extend onto or outside of the enclosure.
No burning shall be allowed on or immediately adjacent to the surface of any blacktop street.
All leaf, grass or weed burning is prohibited in any area within the City.
At no time shall the smoke or heat created by such burning be an annoyance or discomfort to the neighborhood or the traveling public.
Substances which may be burned. The following open burning may be conducted provided that a burning permit is first obtained:
Fires set for practice and instruction of firefighters or the testing of fire-fighting equipment.
The burning of trees, wood, limbs, stumps or brush; provided, however, that such materials may be burned only when approved by the Common Council. Leaves are compost items only and shall not be burned.
Open burning procedures.
Before setting or starting any fire, a permit authorizing the setting or starting of such fire shall first be obtained from the City Clerk-Treasurer or from such other person designated by the Common Council. All open burning conducted pursuant to such duly issued permit shall be performed in a safe, pollution-free manner, when wind and weather conditions are such as to minimize adverse affects, and in conformance with local and state fire protection regulations.
The size of the pile of material to be burned shall not exceed four feet in any direction measured horizontally or three feet measured vertically.
The pile of material being burned shall be at least 100 feet away from any structure, wood or lumber pile, wooden fence, trees, or bushes. Provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 10 feet of such items or the fire shall otherwise be contained in an approved incinerator or burner device which is located at least 15 feet from any structure, wood or lumber pile, wooden fence, trees, or bush(es).
Any ashes created by burning such material as is lawful under this section are to be disposed of in a manner authorized by law.
Open burning shall be constantly attended and supervised by a competent person of at least 16 years of age until such fire is extinguished. This person shall have readily available for use such fire-extinguishing equipment as may be necessary for the total control of the fire while burning and/or extinguishing such fire.
Application for permit.
Procedure for issuance of burning permit. Before the setting or starting of any open burning permitted under this section, a permit authorizing the burn shall be first obtained by the owner, operator, or agent from the City Clerk-Treasurer or from such other person as may be authorized or designated by the Common Council to issue such permits. Application for a burning permit shall be made in writing upon a form furnished by the City Clerk-Treasurer. The permit may establish conditions including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
Hours when burning is allowed.
Day(s) when burning is allowed.
Material which may or may not be burned.
Whether open burning is allowed or whether burning is only allowed with an approved incinerator or burning device.
The length of time the permit is valid.
What constitutes an approved burning device or incinerator.
The size of the material pile burned by open burning.
The distance or distances to be maintained between the material being burned and other flammable material.
Supervision required for burning, including minimum age of supervisors and type of fire-extinguishing equipment which must be present at the burn site.
The manner in which ashes created by burning under the permit are to be disposed of.
Issuance of permit. If the City Clerk-Treasurer, or other person authorized or designated by the Common Council to issue such permits, finds that the proposed burning complies with all City ordinances and the regulations of the Department of Natural Resources as set forth in Wisconsin Administrative Code, he shall officially approve the application, and a burning permit shall be subsequently issued to the applicant. A copy of any burning permit, and the application therefor, shall be kept on file with the City Clerk-Treasurer. No burning permit issued shall be valid for more than 30 days from the date when issued.
The following regulations set forth in the Wisconsin Administrative Code are incorporated herein by reference and adopted as part of this chapter. Any future amendments, revisions and modifications of said regulations incorporated herein are intended to be made part of this chapter.
Chapter ATCP 93, Flammable, Combustible and Hazardous Liquids.
Chapter SPS 307, Explosives and Fireworks.
Chapter SPS 314, Fire Prevention.
Chapter SPS 316, Electrical.
Chapters SPS 320 to SPS 325, Uniform Dwelling Code.
Chapter SPS 328, Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
Chapter SPS 330, Fire Department Safety and Health Standards.
Chapter SPS 340, Gas Systems.
Chapter SPS 341, Boilers and Pressure Vessels.
Chapter SPS 343, Anhydrous Ammonia.
Chapters SPS 361 to SPS 366, Commercial Building Code
Chapters SPS 375 to SPS 379, Buildings Constructed Prior to 1914.