[HISTORY: Adopted New Canaan Board of Selectmen 7-11-57; effective 9-15-57.]
Editor's Note: For authority to establish Fire Department, see Charter § 1-10(7) p. 113, supra.
It shall be the duty of the Fire Marshal, from time to time, to thoroughly inspect any or all stoves, stovepipes, chimneys and steam boilers, and give any instructions or directions in regard to the same as, in his opinion, shall be proper for the protection of the property within the town; and for that purpose he at all reasonable times may enter upon and into all lands and buildings of the town. He shall have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to explosives; issue licenses for the use of explosives used in blasting; and have all violations of Chapter 18 of this Code, pertaining to explosives, summarily dealt with. Every person neglecting or refusing to follow any instruction or directions given to him by the Fire Marshal shall be fined not more than $50 for every such violation.
All the members of the Fire Department designated as Fire Police shall have the power of constables to arrest any person interfering with or trespassing upon the rights, duties and work of such Department in cases of fires, including the right to arrest any persons causing or aiding or abetting the same, and all persons stealing or attempting to steal any property at or during the progress of the fire, and all persons robbing or attempting to rob at or connected with any fire, or where the services of the Fire Department are employed and, having arrested any such person, the members of the Fire Department making such arrest shall forthwith cause such person so arrested to be detained by the Police Department, and prefer charges to the prosecuting attorney of the town against such person so arrested for the crime so committed or for which he so stands charged.
The Chief of the Fire Department or other officer in command shall have the power to prescribe certain limits in the immediate vicinity of a fire within which only members of the Fire Department on duty, members of the Board of Selectmen and members of the Police Department shall be admitted, except by permission of the officer in command. The Chief of the Fire Department or other officer in command shall have power to cause the immediate arrest and detention of any fireman or other person who shall make any disturbance at a fire or alarm of fire. Any officer in charge of the Fire Department, at any fire, may command the aid of any person present in suppressing the fire, or to assist in the removal and preservation of property exposed to the fire, and any person so commanded shall render the aid required, and in default thereof shall be punished as provided in § 4-8 of this Code.
Editor's Note: See p. 404.
It shall be unlawful for any person in the town to willfully obstruct any street in the town so as to render less effective the Fire Department in the performance of its duty in going to, coming from or attending any fires.
No person, except an officer of the town, a member of the Fire Department, or other proper person of the town, shall open or use any fire hydrant without written permission from the Warden or Chief of the Fire Department, which permission shall designate the location of the hydrant to be opened and used.
No person shall obstruct any fire hydrant in the town by piling building or other material within 10 feet thereof, or by parking any motor or other vehicle within 10 feet thereof; or by hitching any horse or other animal to any such hydrant or to any object within 10 feet of such hydrant.
No person shall at any time place any encumbrance of any kind whatsoever before or upon any fire escape, balcony or ladder.
It shall be unlawful for any person in the town to run over any fire hose in use by the Fire Department or in any way to injure or endanger any apparatus or equipment belonging to the Department.
The making or maintaining of any bonfire in any street or public place in the town without written permission therefor from the First Selectman or officers authorized by state law to issue such permission shall be unlawful.
No person shall leave any outdoor fire untended.