[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Mayville 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 695-89 as §§ 5.01 to 5.08 and 5.20 of the 1989 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 10-10-2005 by Ord. No. 973-2005]
The Mayville Fire Department shall consist of not fewer than 30 nor more than 35 active members. The number of active members shall be determined by the Fire Chief.
[Amended 5-12-2003 by Ord. No. 943-2003]
Members of the Department shall be governed by the policies of the Department, the resolutions and ordinances of the City, the lawful orders of the Council and the Mayor, and the Wisconsin Statutes.
Disciplinary action against the Fire Chief or subordinates shall be in accordance with § 62.13(5), Wis. Stats.
General supervision. The Chief shall have the general supervision of the Department, which supervision shall be subject to and not in conflict with this chapter and the rules and regulations of the Department.
Command of fire-fighting operations. The Chief shall be present at all fires, if possible, and have complete command and entire responsibility of all fire-fighting operations, plan the control of the same and direct the action of the Department.
Reports to the Council. On or about October 1 of each year, the Chief shall submit to the Council a proposed budget for the coming year and a report relating to the conditions of all fire apparatus and the drill and training program of the Department, together with other pertinent information, including recommendations for such improvements as he deems proper and necessary for the operation of the Department.
Enforcement of fire prevention laws and ordinances. He shall enforce all fire prevention ordinances of the City and the state laws and regulations pertaining to fire prevention and shall keep citizens informed on fire prevention methods and on the activities of the Department.
Fire record book. He shall keep a fire record book of every fire to which the Department was called and shall enter in such book the location of the fire; the time the alarm was received; the cause of the fire; where the fire started; the cause of delay, if any, in responding; the amount of insurance carried on buildings and contents; estimated fire loss; the time the fire was extinguished; the names of the firemen responding; and general remarks.
Apparatus inventory. He shall keep an inventory of all apparatus and equipment, and an inventory of all hose, showing dates and results of tests on each length, which shall be individually numbered.
Duties as commanding officer. He shall perform such other duties as are usually incumbent on the commanding officer of the Fire Department.
Council meeting attendance. He shall attend all meetings of the Public Safety Committee and the Police and Fire Commission, and regular Council meetings upon request.
In the absence of the Chief, the Assistant Chief shall take command and perform the duties of the Chief. In the absence of both the Fire Chief and the Assistant Chief, the highest ranking officer or fireman shall be in charge.
The Chief shall have control of all apparatus used by the Department and shall be responsible for its proper maintenance. Emergency repairs may be authorized by the Chief.
Unless approved by the Fire Chief, no apparatus shall be used for any purpose except for fire fighting within the City limits, or in training therefor, except in towns which have contracted with the City for fire protection or in municipalities with which the City has entered into mutual aid agreements. Upon the approval of the Chief, such apparatus may be used for emergency purposes within the City and participating municipalities.
Police authority at fires. The Chief and his assistant or officers in command at any fire are hereby vested with full and complete police authority. Any officer of the Department may cause the arrest of any person failing to give the right-of-way to the Fire Department in responding to a fire.
Control of fires. The Fire Chief may prescribe certain limits in the vicinity of any fire within which no persons except firemen and policemen and those admitted by order of any officer of the Department shall be permitted to enter. The Chief may cause the removal of any property whenever it shall become necessary for the preservation of such property from fire or to prevent the spreading of fire or to protect the adjoining property, and during the progress of any fire he may order the removal or destruction of any property necessary to prevent the further spread of the fire. He may also cause the removal of all wires or other facilities and the turning off of all electricity, gas or other services where the same impedes the work of the Department during the progress of a fire.
Entering premises. Any fireman, while acting under the direction of the Fire Chief or other officer in command, may enter upon the premises adjacent to or in the vicinity of any building or other property then on fire for the purpose of extinguishing such fire, and if any person shall hinder, resist or obstruct any fireman in the discharge of his duty as is hereinbefore provided, the person so offending shall be deemed guilty of resisting firemen in the discharge of their duties.
Duties of bystanders. Every person who shall be present at a fire shall be subject to the orders of the Fire Chief or officer in command and may be required to render assistance in fighting the fire or removing or guarding property. Such officer may cause the arrest of any person refusing to obey said orders.
Injury to equipment prohibited. No person shall willfully injure in any manner any hose, hydrant or fire apparatus belonging to the City, and no vehicle or railroad equipment shall be driven over any unprotected hose of the Fire Department when laid down on any street, private driveway, track or other place to be used at any fire or alarm of fire without the consent of the Fire Department official in command.
[Amended by Ord. No. 720-90B]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation made hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code.