[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Breckenridge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 92.
[Adopted 1-8-1973 as Secs. 1 through 8 of Art. I of Ord. No. 274]
The presently established Volunteer Fire Department shall continue to function and serve as the Fire Department for the City of Breckenridge.
The members of the Volunteer Fire Department shall continue to elect annually a Chief, Assistant Chief and such other officers as they deem advisable, subject to approval and confirmation by the City Council.
The members of the Volunteer Fire Department shall continue to be governed by their Constitution and bylaws and any amendments which may be made thereto, which are not inconsistent with the laws of the State of Minnesota, Charter provisions of the City of Breckenridge and ordinances of the City of Breckenridge.
The members and officers of the Volunteer Fire Department shall receive such compensation as the City Council may, from time to time, provide for by resolution.
[Amended 2-7-2002 by Ord. No. 440; 5-7-2018 by Ord. No. 499]
Members of the Breckenridge Fire Department shall be paid through the City's normal payroll system. Officers shall be paid their salaries once per month. All other payments to fire fighters shall occur once every two months or six times per year. The officers of the Fire Department shall prepare a listing of required payments to the City Administrator or his/her designee at least three days prior to the payment date.
The total membership of the Volunteer Fire Department shall not at any time exceed that number which is sufficient to efficiently operate the Fire Department taking into consideration the number of members who normally will be absent from a fire. The limit on the membership shall be set by the Fire Department subject to the approval of the City Council.
The Mayor of the City shall have authority to direct the Fire Department to send its personnel and equipment outside the City for the relief of any other community or individual when property or life is being endangered by fire or other emergency.
While engaged in combating of fire or dealing with an emergency, the Mayor, Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief shall have full police powers and may regulate traffic, remove and keep away from the vicinity of the fire or emergency all persons whose presence is not essential in combating the fire or dealing with the emergency and perform any reasonable act or make any reasonable order necessary to protect the public or safeguard property.
[Amended 2-7-2002 by Ord. No. 440]
The Codes Administrator, Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief shall have the authority to enter and inspect at reasonable times all buildings, structures and premises within the City of Breckenridge for the purpose of determining whether a fire hazard exists or the provisions of any ordinance pertaining to the prevention of fire are being violated.
[Adopted 3-6-2017 by Ord. No. 493]
This article is adopted for the purpose of authorizing the City of Breckenridge to charge for fire service as authorized by M.S.A. §§ 366.011, 366.012, and 415.01.
- FIRE SERVICE
- Any deployment of firefighting personnel and/or equipment to extinguish a fire or perform any preventative measure in an effort to protect equipment, life, or property in an area threatened by fire. It also includes the deployment of firefighting personnel and/or equipment to provide fire suppression, rescue, extrication, and any other services related to fire and rescue as may occasionally occur.
- FIRE SERVICE AGREEMENT
- An agreement between the City and a township or other city for the City to provide fire service.
- FIRE SERVICE CHARGE
- The charge imposed by the City for receiving fire service.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any self-propelled vehicle designed and originally manufactured to operate primarily upon public roads and highways, and not operated exclusively upon railroad tracks. It includes semi-trailers. It does not include snowmobiles, manufactured homes, all-terrain vehicles, or park trailers.
Parties affected are owners of property in townships or cities to which the City provides fire service pursuant to a fire service agreement.
Rates are per fee schedule located in signed fire service agreements.
Parties requesting and receiving fire services will be billed directly by the City of Breckenridge within 14 days of the fire service. Additionally, if the party receiving fire services did not request services but a fire or other situation exists which, at the discretion of the fire department personnel in charge requires fire service, the party will be charged and billed. All parties will be billed whether or not the fire service is covered by insurance. Any billable amount of the fire charge not covered by a party's insurance remains a debt of the party receiving the fire service.
Charges for fire service will be due according to the terms of the fire service agreements. If the fire service charge is not paid when due, the Township agrees to then pay the Breckenridge City Clerk.
Pursuant to M.S.A. §§ 366.011, 366.012, and 415.01, the City may use all practical and reasonable legal means to collect the fire service charge.
False alarms may be billed as a fire call.
When the City fire department provides fire service to another fire department pursuant to a mutual aid agreement, the billing will be determined by the mutual aid agreement.
When the City fire department provides fire service to another fire department pursuant to a fire service agreement, the billing will be determined by the agreement.
All collected fire charges will be City funds and used to offset the expenses of the City fire department in providing fire services.