Village of Scotia, NY
Schenectady County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Scotia 8-13-1969 as Ch. 1, Art. VII, of the 1969 Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
The Fire Department of the Village of Scotia shall consist of a full-time staff of paid firefighters and associated volunteer firefighters.
[Amended 4-9-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986; 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
A. 
The Chief of the Fire Department is the ranking and commanding officer of the Fire Department. The Fire Chief or his designee is responsible for:
[Amended 3-9-2005 by L.L. No. 3-2005; 9-24-2013 by L.L. No. 7-2013[1]]
(1) 
The enforcement of all laws, ordinances and provisions of the Village Law coming within the jurisdiction of the Fire Department.
(2) 
The enforcement of the rules and regulations and all orders of the Board of Trustees.
(3) 
The discipline and efficiency of the members of the Fire Department.
(4) 
The supervision of Fire Department responsibilities, and he shall exercise such administrative authority and supervision of departmental work as the Board of Trustees may assign from time to time.
(5) 
Making fire safety inspections of areas of public assembly as defined in Part 606 of Title 9 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, at least once per year.
(6) 
Making fire safety inspections of all multiple dwellings and all nonresidential occupancies at intervals consistent with local conditions.
(7) 
Making inspections in response to bona fide complaints regarding conditions or activities or allegedly failing to comply with Chapter C of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law passed at referendum 11-5-2013.
B. 
The Fire Chief or his designee shall have the power, in case of fire, to demolish buildings or parts of buildings which, in his judgment, might create a hazard or cause further damage.
C. 
The Fire Chief or his designee, in an emergency, shall have the power as provided by law to aid other municipalities and to ask for aid from such municipalities when conditions, in his judgment, so warrant.
D. 
During any temporary absence of the Fire Chief or his designee, the administrative command of the Department shall be under an officer designated by the Chief.
[Amended 3-14-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990; 6-21-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991; 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993; 6-13-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
A. 
In the absence of the Fire Chief or his designee, the Duty Captain (career) shall command the Department and be held responsible therefor in all respects, with full powers and responsibilities of the Fire Chief.
B. 
In the absence of the Fire Chief or his designee and the Duty Captain (career), the operation at all emergencies shall be the responsibility of the senior Department Captain (career).
C. 
In the absence of the Fire Chief or his designee and all of the Department Captains (career), the operation at all emergencies shall be the responsibility of the Assistant Fire Chief.
D. 
In the absence of the Fire Chief or his designee and all of the Department Captains and the Assistant Fire Chief, the operation at all emergencies shall be the responsibility of the Duty Lieutenant (career) or, in his/her absence, of the senior Department Lieutenant (career) present at the scene.
E. 
In the absence of the Department officers (career) and the Assistant Fire Chief at the scene of an emergency, the senior firefighter (career) at the scene shall assume command.
F. 
In the absence of all Department officers (career) and all career firefighters at the scene of an emergency, the Volunteer Captains or Volunteer Lieutenants will assume command in order of their rank.
G. 
In the absence of all Department officers (career and volunteer) and firefighters (career) at the scene of an emergency, the senior firefighter (volunteer) at the scene shall assume command.
H. 
Off-duty career officers and firefighters responding to a fire call shall report at their command rank.
A. 
Fire Captains shall be in charge of their respective platoons and the fire station when on duty. They shall preserve order and discipline at quarters and when at fires. They shall be responsible for the cleanliness of the station and apparatus as well as the grounds of the station. They shall cause roll to be called each morning at 8:00 a.m. and report absentees to the Fire Chief or his designee. They shall assign firefighters under their command to general duties, such as routine station work, inspections and house watches.
[Amended 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
B. 
Fire Captains shall, by inspection, familiarize themselves with exits and general features of all mercantile, manufacturing, storage and office buildings in their districts. They shall report to the Chief or his designee any hazards or dangerous conditions existing therein.
[Amended 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
C. 
A Fire Captain shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned to him by a ranking officer. Fire Captains are at all times responsible for the enforcement of the orders, rules and regulations of the Fire Department.
[Amended 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
Fire Lieutenants/EMT shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them by their Captain or the Fire Chief and when in charge of a platoon shall be responsible for the enforcement of the orders, rules and regulations of the Fire Department.