City of Lebanon, PA
Lebanon County
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[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
The Bureau of Fire shall consist of two Divisions: Career and Volunteer. The Career Division shall consist of firefighters regularly employed for operating fire apparatus, controlling fires, and other Fire Department duties. The Volunteer Division shall consist of firefighters who are trained in fire suppression and the handling of emergencies who respond to such emergencies on their own initiative.
[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
The Bureau of Fire shall consist of a number of career firefighters that are necessary to maintain an effective fire suppression force for the protection of lives and property within the City. It shall also consist of the nine volunteer fire companies which have been designated by ordinance as City fire companies and such other companies as may be admitted from time to time by authority of Council. No company shall receive such recognition unless authorized by an ordinance of Council.
[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
The Bureau of Fire shall be under the direct control of the Director of Public Safety. Supervision of the Bureau shall lie with the Fire Commissioner who shall report to the Director. Operation of the Volunteer Division shall be governed by rules and regulations adopted by Council. The Fire Commissioner shall be responsible for enforcing such rules and regulations and maintaining discipline and efficiency among the companies. The operation of the Career Division shall be governed by standard operating procedures, policies and a negotiated contract, supervised by the Fire Commissioner. The Fire Commissioner shall also have charge of all fire extinguishing equipment owned or controlled by the City. He shall from time to time visit and inspect the companies and apparatus and shall keep an inventory of all fire extinguishing equipment belonging to the City.
[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
There is hereby established within the Bureau of Fire the following Table of Organization:
(a) 
Director of Public Safety;
(b) 
Fire Commissioner;
(c) 
Fire Chief;
(d) 
Two Assistant Chiefs;
(e) 
Company Line Officers;
(f) 
Career personnel; and
(g) 
Volunteer personnel.
[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
The senior line officer of the Bureau of Fire shall be the Chief, who shall be subject to the ordinances of the City, the rules and regulations of the Department, and any orders as may be issued to him by the Fire Commissioner and/or Director of Public Safety.
[Ord. 52-2002, 03 § 3, passed 5-24-2003]
The City shall own and be responsible for the repair, maintenance and replacement of all structures housing the fire-fighting apparatus of the City companies. The City shall also be responsible for providing and maintaining fire-fighting equipment, excluding trucks and uniforms. Should the structure be leased, the terms and conditions of the maintenance of the structure shall be governed by the lease agreement.
[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
Council shall make a yearly appropriation in an equal amount in the name of each company to be regulated and controlled by the Fire Commissioner, such funds to provide the level of fire protection deemed necessary by Council.
[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
The City shall reimburse fire companies for the purchase of fire trucks and such amount not exceeding 25% of the expenses incurred in purchasing the same. No such reimbursement shall be made unless the Fire Commissioner and a representative of Council was present at the specification developments, negotiations and approved the purchase of the fire apparatus. The moneys required for reimbursement as set forth in this article shall be paid out of the Emergency Apparatus Fund.
[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
(a) 
Pursuant to the Firemen's Civil Service Act of May 31, 1933 (P.L. 1108) (53 P.S. § 39861 et seq.), as amended by Act 10 of January 26, 1968, (53 P.S. Sec. 39861.1), a Civil Service Board consisting of three residents of the City is hereby established for the examination of applicants for appointments to and promotions in the paid Fire Bureau of the City or to otherwise administer the provisions of the aforesaid Act.
(b) 
The term of office for the members of the Board shall be four years. However, in the case of the appointment of the first members to the Board after the effective date of this section (Ordinance 55-1970, 71, passed November 8, 1971), one member shall serve for four years, one member shall serve for three years and one member shall serve for two years. The above-mentioned members shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified.
(c) 
The members of the Board shall take and subscribe to the oath of office prescribed by the Third Class City Code, Act of June 23, 1931 (P.L. 932) as amended (53 P.S. Sec. 35905).
(d) 
The Board is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to establish such procedures, standards and rules as it may deem necessary to insure that the City paid fire drivers shall be the highest caliber and most competent individuals it is possible to obtain.
(e) 
Any rules, standards or procedures established under this section by the Board shall be approved by Council by resolution as a prerequisite to their taking effect.
[Ord. 26-1990, 91 § 1, passed 8-27-1990]
(a) 
Whoever violates any of the provisions of this article or the rules and regulations of the Bureau of Fire, as adopted and amended from time to time, shall be fined not more than $300 and/or be imprisoned for not more than 90 days.
(b) 
Any company which violates any of the provisions of this article or the rules and regulations of the Bureau of Fire, Volunteer Division, as adopted and amended from time to time, shall be fined not more than $300.
(c) 
The Mayor shall have the power to collect such fines from any company by deducting the same from the yearly appropriation. In addition, the Mayor shall have the power to direct the company of any member convicted of violating this article or the rules and regulations to immediately expel such member from membership.