[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Elmsford 9-8-1931; repealed and reenacted in the same form 7-10-2006 by L.L. No. 4-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes one or more persons of either sex, natural person, corporations, partnerships, associations, joint-stock companies, societies and all other entities of any kind capable of being sued.
It shall be unlawful, without authority or the consent of the Fire Chief or his assistant in command, for any person to run, drive or draw or caused to be run, driven or drawn any horse or other animal or motor vehicle over or upon, or willfully to injure or damage or in any manner molest or interfere with, any unprotected hose belonging to the Fire Department of the Village of Elmsford, laid on or in any vacant lot or street, alley or public ground or any other public place at the occurrence of a fire or at any alarm of fire or for any other purpose.
It shall be unlawful for any person in any manner to obstruct the use of any fire hydrant within the village or have or place any material in front thereof, from the curbline to the center of the street and to within 10 feet from either side thereof. Any and all material found as an obstruction as aforesaid may be forthwith removed by the officers or members of the Fire Department and at the risk, cost and expense of the owner and claimant.
It shall be unlawful for any person, unless duly authorized, to unfasten, open or draw water from or otherwise use or interfere with any of the fire hydrants set in any of the public streets, places or grounds, or to break open, unfasten, remove or otherwise willfully injure or interfere with any of the outer boxes, cases, fastenings or other appurtenances of such hydrants.
It shall be unlawful for any person willfully or without proper authority to injure, deface, destroy, remove, take away, keep or conceal any tool, appliance, accessory, apparatus or other property or article belonging to or used in any way by the Fire Department.
It shall be unlawful willfully to hinder or obstruct or offer any hindrance or obstruction to any apparatus of the Fire Department while proceeding to a fire, or willfully to hinder or obstruct any fireman in the performance of his duty.
The Chief of the Fire or Police Department, or any of his assistants having charge of or at any fire, shall have authority whenever in their opinion it shall become necessary so to do to facilitate the extinguishing of such fire, to establish fire lines about the same. It shall be unlawful for any person, unless he be the owner, lessee or one having some property right or interest in the burning property or other property imperiled thereby, to enter the limits fixed by such lines. Nothing herein contained shall operate to exclude from the limits so established any member of the Fire and Police Departments of the village, or any person who shall have obtained and exhibits a written permit from or badge issued by the Chief of the Fire Department so to enter. Such line so established shall be taken charge of by the police or fire police, with full power to make arrests and to prosecute persons violating this section.
[Amended 7-10-2006 by L.L. No. 4-2006]
Any person who, himself or itself, or by his or its agent or employee, shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation, may in pursuance thereof and shall upon conviction thereof be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, or to imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.