[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Alfred 3-10-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 105.
This company shall be known as the "Alfred Fire Department" and shall consist of 50 or more persons, as the company shall decide, with the approval of the municipal officers of the Town of Alfred, Maine.
The officers of this company shall be known as “Chief,” “First Assistant Chief,” “Second Assistant Chief,” “Captain of Operations,” “Captain of the Hose,” “Captain of the Ladder,” “Lieutenant of the Hose,” “Lieutenant of the Ladder,” “Clerk” and “Treasurer,” all of whom shall be chosen by ballot at the annual meeting which shall be held on the first Monday in December. Whenever a vacancy may occur, the Chief may fill such vacancy until the next annual meeting.
The company, at its annual meeting or as soon thereafter as possible, shall recommend to the municipal officers for appointment a Chief, First Assistant Chief, Second Assistant Chief, Captain of Operations, Captain of the Hose, Captain of the Ladder, Lieutenant of the Hose, Lieutenant of the Ladder, Clerk and Treasurer.
There shall be a three-member Board of Trustees of the Alfred Fire Department consisting of the Chief, First Assistant Chief and Second Assistant Chief or their successors.
The Chief, in addition to the duties and powers prescribed in the Town ordinances governing the Fire Department, shall preside at all meetings, and strict obedience shall be paid to his orders. He shall appoint the following standing committees to serve during his term: Finance Committee consisting of three members and any other special committee needed from time to time, not otherwise provided for.
The Assistant Chiefs, in addition to the duties and powers prescribed in the Town ordinances governing the Fire Department, shall assist the Chief in the performance of his duties and shall perform such other duties as become necessary.
The Board of Officers, in addition to the duties prescribed in the Town ordinances governing the Fire Department, shall inspect all fire apparatus and see that it is ready to respond to an alarm at all times. It shall inspect all property of the company as often as may be necessary and shall annually report to the municipal officers and to the company the condition of said apparatus and property or whenever requested to do so by the municipal officers or company. The Board of Officers shall have full charge of purchasing necessary supplies and making repairs, additions and alterations.
It shall be the duty of the Captain of the Hose to attend to the hose, to select a pipeman or hoseman in the absence of any and to take charge in the absence of the Chief and Assistants.
It shall be the duty of the Lieutenant of the Hose to assist the Captain in the discharge of his duties, to take charge of hydrants, to look after and attend to the washing and drying of the hose and to take charge in the absence of the Captain of the Hose.
It shall be the duty of the Captain of the Ladder to have charge of the ladders, to select a ladderman in the absence of any and to perform such other duties as may become necessary.
It shall be the duty of the Lieutenant of the Ladder to assist the Captain in the discharge of his duties and, in the absence of the Captain, to take charge of the ladders.
In addition to the duties prescribed in the Town ordinances governing the Fire Department, each member shall, at the alarm of fire, assume his proper position and continue with the company until dismissed by his commanding officer.
Any member wishing to leave a fire or meeting before the company is dismissed shall ask permission of the commanding officer, who may or may not excuse him, at his own discretion.
In addition to the duties prescribed in Town ordinances governing the Fire Department, the Clerk shall have charge of all books and papers not in charge of some other officer. He shall keep an accurate record of all the proceedings of this company in a book provided for that purpose, which shall at all meetings be open for inspection by any member of the company. He shall keep an accurate record of all fires with the amount of fire apparatus used, as reported to him by the officer in charge of the incident, together with the roll calls. He shall call the roll at all meetings and shall keep a true record of all rolls in a book provided for that purpose. The record book shall not leave the station, and it must be kept in the fireproof cabinet when not in use. The Clerk shall make a report to the company annually or whenever requested to do so by them. He shall perform any other duties which may be necessary.
These duties may be performed by any other member of the company in the absence of the Clerk that the Chief may select.
It shall be the duty of the Clerk Pro Tem to make returns to the Clerk as soon as possible after adjournment of said meeting.
It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep a correct account between the members and the company; to collect and hold all money due the company and to pay therefrom all orders drawn by the Clerk, signed by the Finance Committee and ordered paid by the company. He shall submit a true statement of the standing of the company at the annual meeting or whenever requested to do so by the Chief or company.
It shall be the duty of the Captain of Operations to inspect all Fire Department property, equipment and apparatus as to their compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA) and the Fire Department policies and to notify the Fire Chief of any deficiencies found. The Captain of Operations will take charge in the absence of the Chief and Assistants.
A meeting of the company shall be held on the first Monday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. All meetings shall be conducted according to parliamentary rules and the rules and usages of this company. The presiding officer shall be addressed as Chief.
All persons are strictly forbidden to remove any article other than their own from the station without permission from an officer in charge.
The Finance Committee shall examine and approve or disapprove all bills against the company before orders are drawn for payment. They shall audit the accounts of the Treasurer and Clerk and report at the annual meeting or whenever it may become necessary.
All applications for membership, whether it be for regular member or associate member, shall be referred to the Investigating Committee, who shall report favorably or unfavorably before the applicant can be balloted upon. When the Chief announces the action of the Committee, a ballot may be taken, and if 2/3 or more of the members present vote in favor of the applicant, he/she shall be declared elected.
Any person may be placed on the honorary member list by a 2/3 vote of the members present at a regular meeting.
No member shall be allowed to respond to an alarm or training or be on Fire Department property or operate fire apparatus while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any member found to be in violation shall have charges preferred against him and, if found guilty, shall be reprimanded or suspended or could be discharged from the company.
All members of this Fire Department must be residents of or work in the area of the Town of Alfred and may not be less than 18 years of age, and they must be situated so as to respond to alarms day or night. New members will be on probation for not less than six months. They will then be referred to the Investigating Committee for review.
After discussion of a suspension at a regular meeting, a registered letter of notification will be mailed to the member at least 10 days before the next regular meeting. At the next regular meeting, the suspension from membership shall be decided by a two-thirds vote of members present.
Upon suspension of membership from the Department, all property of the Alfred Fire Department shall be returned within 10 days of notification of suspension.
No private members shall undertake to give any orders except under the sanction of his commanding officer, and no subordinate officer shall assume any duty or authority beyond what legally belongs to him, according to this constitution.
All new members voted into the Alfred Fire Department shall take a breathing apparatus course within one year of being voted into the Department. New members must attend all training sessions.
All new members voted into the Alfred Fire Department shall be required to maintain 25 hours of fire service related training per state mandate.
It shall be the duty of each member to see that the above constitution and bylaws are strictly enforced.