[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Upper Allen 1-7-2002 by Ord. No. 558. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Upper Allen Township Board of Commissioners shall appoint the Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer from time to time by resolution. When the Board of Commissioners has not appointed a Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer and/or in the absence of a Board-appointed Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer, the Director of Community Development shall hereby be appointed to serve as such until such time as the Board appoints a Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer.
The duties and responsibilities of the Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall be divided into three prime areas:
The qualifications of the Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall be set forth by the Board of Commissioners from time to time.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall serve as a member of the Public Safety/Fire Committee of the Board of Commissioners in an advisory capacity only. He shall report his activities directly to the Public Safety/Fire Committee and/or the full Board of Commissioners. The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall act as a liaison between the Public Safety/Fire Committee or Board, and the Upper Allen Township Fire Department, Fire Company, Volunteer Firemen's Association and Township ambulance company or companies, if any.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention officer shall serve as an advisor to the Public Safety/Fire Committee, and/or the Board, to develop a coordinated Township-wide management plan for the operation of fire services. Included, but not limited to, will be: financial and personnel management, assisting in equipment selection, fire protection engineering, fire prevention, fire safety education, research and planning, maintenance, training, community relations, safety and health and other related activities.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall act in an advisory capacity in relation to all activities of the Upper Allen Township Fire Department relating to training. Specifically, the Fire Prevention Officer shall:
Assist the Department in establishing and maintaining a training and education program with a goal of preventing occupational accidents, deaths, injuries and illnesses.
Assist the Department in providing a written training program indicating the areas in which training will occur and the frequency of training.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall act in an advisory capacity at the scene of any fire or emergency situation. When responding on the initial alarm, and no designated area officer is responding, the Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer may take the appropriate action to provide the level of protection needed. He shall offer advice to or respond to requests for advice from the Fire Chief or line officer of the Fire Department or other company or companies in attendance. The Fire Prevention Officer shall have no authority to require or mandate a Chief, line officer or company to act in any specific manner at the scene of a fire or emergency situation unless he becomes aware of a decision or observes an action that is clearly inappropriate and puts at risk lives or property.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall investigate, in conjunction with officials of the Fire Department, injuries to Fire Department personnel which may result in a workman's compensation claim and shall assist the individual involved in properly making the appropriate claim.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall act as a liaison between the property owners of the Township and the Fire Department and other fire companies serving them in relation to securing plans of the premises to be utilized by fire companies in firefighting and emergency situations, to recommend actions to be taken at the property to facilitate fighting of fires or providing of emergency service, as well as related matters.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall review with the Fire Department Chief the emergency response system (fire boxes) established with the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency to ensure that the Township has appropriate coverage and response and that the Township is properly covered when fire equipment is dispatched on a mutual aid basis outside the Township.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall use his best efforts to keep the Fire Department informed on pertinent data relating to fighting of fires and providing of other emergency services. The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall not be required to give the Fire Department advice on financial matters or the internal operations or running of it not otherwise provided for in this chapter.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall supply to and receive from the Fire Department a copy of all of its fire and incident reports.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall investigate or cause to be investigated every fire or explosion occurring within Upper Allen Township that is of a suspicious nature or which involves the loss of life or serious injury or causes destruction or damage to property, in accordance with the 2000 International Fire Prevention Code Chapter on Administration and Enforcement as adopted by the Township under the provisions of the 2000 International Fire Prevention Code or its subsequent equivalent code. The authority to investigate under this section shall be secondary to any authority or jurisdiction of the State Fire Marshal, State Police or Township Police to conduct investigations.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall prepare reports of investigations and submit them to authorized agencies.
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall enforce the provisions of the 2009 International Fire Prevention Code, including the provisions of Appendix C, Fire Hydrant Locations and Distribution, Appendix D, Fire Apparatus Access Roads, and Appendix J, Emergency Responder Radio Coverage, of the 2009 International Fire Code, or its subsequent equivalent code and appendices, pursuant to the authority of Chapter 105 of the Upper Allen Township Code.
[Amended 4-3-2013 by Ord. No. 708]
The Fire Marshal/Fire Prevention Officer shall carry out the aforesaid enforcement provisions in cooperation with any and all other Township departments, including, but not limited to, Administration, Buildings and Code Enforcement, Fire Department and Police Department.