[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Alfred 3-9-2002 by Art. 4; amended in its entirety 10-10-2018 STM by Art. 7. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Alfred Fire and Rescue Department Ordinance."
The purposes of this chapter are to establish in the manner provided by law a municipal fire and rescue department, and to define the powers and duties of Chief of the department. The further purpose of this chapter is to provide the maximum legal protection available to the department chief and municipal fire and rescue personnel, and to best protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Alfred.
This chapter is enacted pursuant to 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 3001 and 3152.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MUNICIPAL FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT
- An organized fire and rescue department established pursuant to this chapter.
- MUNICIPAL FIRE AND RESCUE PERSONNEL
- An active member, whether full-time, part-time or on call, of a municipal fire and rescue department, who aids in providing first aid, emergency treatment, fire prevention and protection and fire and rescue assistance and is qualified to render such aid under current Department of Health and Human Services regulations governing fire and rescue and ambulance personnel.
There shall be a Municipal Fire and Rescue Department which is hereby established by this chapter.
The Municipal Fire and Rescue Department shall provide first aid emergency treatment, fire prevention and protection and fire and rescue assistance to persons in need of such assistance within the Town of Alfred and elsewhere as provided by mutual aid or other contractual agreement approved by the municipal officers.
Appointment. The head of the Municipal Fire and Rescue Department shall be the Fire and Rescue Chief, who shall be appointed by the Selectmen, consistent with policies established by the Board of Selectmen.
Term, compensation. The Fire and Rescue Chief shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for a three-year term with a review to continue another three-year term or be relieved. The compensation of the Fire and Rescue Chief shall be established by the Board of Selectmen.
Powers and duties. In addition to those powers and duties set forth in 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3153, the Fire and Rescue Chief shall have the following powers and duties:
To control the Municipal Fire and Rescue Department and all related apparatus belonging to the Town of Alfred;
To see to the maintenance of technical proficiency of fire and rescue personnel;
To establish standard operating guidelines and regulations concerning the discipline, good order, proper conduct, care and management of the Municipal Fire and Rescue Department. Such rules or regulations shall not become effective until approved by a motion of the Board of Selectmen.
To submit a monthly written report on the activities of the Department, and discharge other duties as may be required by the Selectmen;
To prepare and submit to the Board of Selectmen a budget relating to the operation of the Municipal Fire and Rescue Department; and
To formulate details, assignments, and duties necessary for the efficient performance of the Municipal Fire and Rescue Department.
Members of the Municipal Fire and Rescue Department shall enjoy the privileges and immunities provided by the Maine Tort Claims Act.
Editor's Note: See 14 M.R.S.A. § 8101 et seq.
The invalidity of any portion of this chapter shall not invalidate any other part thereof.
This chapter may be amended at any Annual or Special Town Meeting.
This chapter shall be effective on its adoption at Town Meeting.