Borough of Columbia, PA
Lancaster County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia 11-9-1964 by Ord. No. 381 (Ch. 34 of the 1971 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 24.
Fire Police — See Ch. 31.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 112.
The office of Fire Inspector is hereby created in the Borough of Columbia, such officer to be appointed by the Council of the Borough. Said Fire Inspector shall report to the Committee on Public Safety, except on those matters of which he is required by law to report directly to the Council.
A. 
Appointments shall be made on the first Monday of January of each even-numbered year, such appointee to serve until his respective successors have been duly appointed and qualified. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made, for the unexpired portion of the term.
[Amended 12-16-2003 by Ord. No. 726]
B. 
The compensation of the Fire Inspector shall be fixed from time to time by the Council by resolution.
A. 
The Fire Inspector shall inspect all constructions or buildings within the Borough or upon property owned or controlled by the Borough or a municipal authority of the Borough within the commonwealth, whether public or business, and private property by complaint, and shall enforce all ordinances of the Borough relating to such constructions or buildings for the prevention, containment or investigation of fire and fire hazards, both as to the constructions or buildings and as to the contents or occupancies thereof.
[Amended 10-10-1983 by Ord. No. 582]
(1) 
Fire safety inspections will be performed on all commercial businesses in Columbia Borough. In-home businesses where the business owner lives in the same building are exempt from the fire safety inspections.
[Added 7-23-2019 by Ord. No. 915]
B. 
The Fire Inspector shall report to the Committee on Public Safety any faulty or dangerous construction or building or like condition in any building that may constitute a fire hazard and any proposed use or occupation of any construction, building or premises which would create or increase a hazard of fire.
C. 
The records of the Fire Inspector relating to his inspections of constructions, buildings and property within the Borough shall be open to public inspection.
[Amended 10-10-1983 by Ord. No. 582]
D. 
The Fire Inspector shall submit to the Council an annual report consolidating the information contained in said records at the first stated meeting in March of each year.
E. 
The Fire Inspector, in the discharge of his official duties and upon proper identification, shall have authority to enter any building, structure or premises at any reasonable hour.
F. 
Fire safety inspections will be conducted on a biannual basis.
[Added 7-23-2019 by Ord. No. 915]
A. 
No person shall, in any way, obstruct or prevent or attempt to obstruct or prevent the Fire Inspector in the discharge of his duties by denying or attempting to deny him access to any premises owned or occupied by him or by failing or refusing to furnish correct information requested by him in the investigation into the cause, origin or circumstances of any fire.
B. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.
C. 
Subsections A and B shall not apply to the State Police Fire Marshal, his authorized assistants, deputies, designates, agents, servants and employees, nor shall it apply to the Borough Fire Chief in the discharge of his public duties.
[Added 10-10-1983 by Ord. No. 582]