Township of Allegheny, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Allegheny 12-8-1986 as §§ 6.51 to 6.56 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire districts — See Ch. 14.
Fire hydrants — See Ch. 114.
Fire insurance claims — See Ch. 137, Art. I.
Loitering — See Ch. 151.
No person shall place ashes, cinders, dirt, rubbish, building material or other material of any sort whatsoever around or close to any fire hydrant in the Township of Allegheny, so as to cause hindrance or delay in access thereto or use thereof. No person shall in any way interfere with or tamper with any fire hydrant or attempt to take water therefrom without special authority from the Fire Chief or the person acting as such, or from the Fire Committee of the Board of Supervisors.
Without the consent of the Fire Chief or the person acting as such or of the Fire Committee of the Board of Supervisors, no person, not an active member of any volunteer fire department of Allegheny Township, shall at any time ride upon any of the fire apparatus of the Township or of any of the companies belonging to such department; nor shall any person make use of any fire apparatus, hose or other equipment of the Fire Department, other than for the purpose for which the same is intended, without such consent.
No person actually engaged in the extinguishment of a fire, or the saving of property endangered thereby, shall enter any building in which a fire is being fought by the Fire Department, either during or after such fire, without the consent of the owner or occupant of such building.
No person, not an active member of any volunteer Fire Department of Allegheny Township, shall at any time enter within the fire lines, being the roped-off area around or in the vicinity of any fire, or interfere with or attempt to operate any of the apparatus or equipment of such Fire Department, or any fire hydrant, or interfere by giving orders, unless requested to do so by the Fire Chief or the person acting as such with the proper authority; provided that the Chairman of the Board or any member of the Board of Supervisors, any policeman or special fire policeman or any other law enforcement officer or the owner or occupant of any property within the fire lines, and such other persons as may specifically be passed by the Fire Chief or the person acting as such may enter within such fire lines.
The Chairman of the Board and any policeman of the Township, including any member of the special fire police, shall have the power in case of fire to disperse all collections of idle, disorderly and suspicious persons and of persons hindering the fighting of fire by their presence; and in any other way deemed necessary to preserve order and prevent the commission of offenses on such occasions. Any person interfering with or refusing to obey any such officer in the discharge of such duty shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.