[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Roseville 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 895 as Ch. 144 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire Department — See Ch. 7, Sec. 7.10.
There are hereby adopted by the City of Roseville the fire control measures and regulations as herein set forth for the purpose of controlling conditions which could impede or interfere with fire suppression forces.
The Fire Chief or duly authorized representatives, as may be in charge at the scene of a fire or other emergency involving the protection of life and/or property, are empowered to direct such operations as may be necessary to extinguish or control any suspected or reported fires, gas leaks or other hazardous conditions or situations or to take any other action necessary in the reasonable performance of their duty. The Fire Chief may prohibit any person, vehicle or object from approaching the scene and may remove or cause to be removed from the scene any person, vehicle or object which may impede or interfere with the operations of the Fire Department. The Fire Chief may remove or cause to be removed any person, vehicle or object from hazardous areas. All persons ordered to leave a hazardous area shall do so immediately and shall not reenter the area until authorized to do so by the Fire Chief.
It shall be unlawful to interfere with, attempt to interfere with, conspire to interfere with, obstruct or restrict the mobility of or block the path of travel of any Fire Department emergency vehicle in any way, or to interfere with, attempt to interfere with, conspire to interfere with, obstruct or hamper any Fire Department operation.
Any person who, while in the vicinity of any fire, willfully disobeys any reasonable order or rule of the officer commanding any Fire Department at such fire, when such order or rule is given by the commanding officer or a fire fighter there present, is guilty of a misdemeanor (MSA § 28.438).
A vehicle shall not be driven or propelled over any unprotected fire hose of the Fire Department, when laid down on any street, alleyway, private drive or any other vehicular roadway, without the consent of the Fire Chief in command of said operation.
Authorized emergency vehicles shall be restricted to those which are defined and authorized under the laws of the State of Michigan.
Upon the approach of any authorized emergency vehicle giving audible and visual signal, the operator of every other vehicle shall immediately drive the same to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb of the street or roadway, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle or vehicles shall have passed, unless otherwise directed by the Fire Chief or a police officer.
A person shall not, without proper authorization from the Fire Chief in charge of said Fire Department emergency equipment, cling to, attach himself to, climb upon or into, board or swing upon any Fire Department emergency vehicle, whether the same is in motion or at rest, or sound the siren, horn, bell or other sound-producing device thereon or manipulate or tamper with or attempt to manipulate or tamper with any levers, valves, switches, starting devices, brakes, pumps or any equipment or protective clothing on or a part of any Fire Department emergency vehicle.
It shall be unlawful for any person to damage or deface or attempt or conspire to damage or deface any Fire Department emergency vehicle at any time or to injure or attempt to injure or conspire to injure Fire Department personnel while performing departmental duties.
The driver of any emergency vehicle, as defined in § 144-6 of this chapter, shall not sound the siren thereon or have the front red lights on or disobey any existing traffic regulations, except when said vehicle is responding to an emergency call or when responding to, but not upon returning from, a fire. Tactical strategies, such as but not restricted to move-ups, do not constitute an emergency call. The driver of an emergency vehicle may:
Park or stand irrespective of the provisions of existing traffic regulations.
Proceed past a red or stop signal or other sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation.
Exceed the prima facie speed limit so long as he does not endanger life or property.
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
The exemptions herein granted to an emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any such vehicle while in motion sounds audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one lighted lamp displaying a red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of 500 feet to the front of such vehicle.
It shall be unlawful to obscure from view, damage, deface, obstruct or restrict the access to any fire hydrant or any Fire Department connection for the pressurization of fire suppression systems, including fire hydrants and Fire Department connections that are located on public or private streets and access lanes or on private property.
If, upon the expiration of the time mentioned in a notice of violation, obstructions or encroachments are not removed, the Fire Chief shall proceed to remove the same. Cost incurred in the performance of necessary work shall be paid from the municipal treasury on certificate of the Fire Chief and with the approval of the chief administrative official, and the legal authority of the municipality shall institute appropriate action for the recovery of such costs.
Any person, firm or corporation who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.