[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Providence 5-21-2020 by Ord. No. 669. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Supervisors of Lower Providence Township hereby creates the office of Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator and establishes the right, duties, obligations and conditions as set forth in this chapter.
The Fire Marshal and/or Emergency Management Coordinator shall be appointed by the Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors and shall serve until a successor is duly appointed.
In the absence of the Fire Marshal, a deputy Fire Marshal may be appointed by the Board of Supervisors and shall have the full authority and carry out the responsibilities of the Fire Marshal.
The Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator shall report directly to the Lower Providence Township Chief of Police and/or Township Manager.
Conduct fire cause investigations and other fire-related investigations. Cooperate with law enforcement agencies in the investigation of arson or related crimes.
Coordinate and prepare an emergency operations plan for the Township in accordance with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code and shall establish and maintain a Township emergency operation center for continuous readiness for immediate activation.
Investigate and/or coordinate fire security alarm violations and issue violation notices or citations as required.
Assist in review and approval of plans for new construction and conduct inspections of buildings and property for fire hazards and compliance with the Township's Fire Prevention Code.
Conduct annual business license inspections and assist the Community Development Department with residential resales and other inspections as needed.
Attend meetings with the Township Manager and Board of Supervisors regarding Fire Marshal activities and projects and respond to concerns, inquiries and/or complaints from the general public with respect to fire prevention and/or emergency management.
The Fire Marshal shall provide such reports as are necessary and/or requested by the Board of Supervisors regarding fire prevention and/or emergency management.
Perform such other duties as required or assigned by the Township within the scope of the office.
The Fire Marshal in consultation with the Chief of Police at the scene of a fire or other emergency shall be authorized to make emergency expenditures after consultation with the Township Manager.
Information regarding Fire Department operations and/or emergency operations shall only be released to the news media and the public at large after consultation between the Fire Marshal and the Chief of Police.