[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Warren County as Ch. 8, Art. I, of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every person present at the scene of a fire or explosion shall be obedient to the orders of firemen and law enforcement officers in any matter relating to extinguishing the fire, removal and protection of persons and property endangered by fire, explosion, smoke or water, freedom of Fire Department and medical personnel and apparatus to perform their duties or to function properly and the maintenance of order at or near the scene of fire or explosion, and it shall be unlawful for any person to disobey any such order of a fireman or law enforcement officer. Firemen and law enforcement officers shall have authority to arrest persons who disobey such orders and to hold them in custody until the fire has been extinguished or the danger of explosion abated, at which time the violator shall be dealt with according to law.
It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally or negligently set any woods or marshes on fire or set fire to any stubble, brush, straw or any other substance capable of spreading fire on lands, whereby the property of another is damaged or put in jeopardy; and, in addition to any penalty which may be imposed for violation of this section, such person shall be liable for the full amount of all expenses incurred in fighting the fire.
In accordance with § 27-30 of the Code of Virginia, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Warren authorizes the Fire Chief to establish the position of Fire Marshal and any assistants deemed necessary within the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. The Fire Marshal shall serve as the local Fire Code Official and local arson investigator, in accordance with the provisions of § 27-30 of the Code of Virginia.
The Fire Marshal is hereby designated to act as the enforcing agency for the enforcement of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code duly adopted by the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development under authority of §§ 27-97 and 27-98 of the Code of Virginia.
The enforcement procedures of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall be instituted by the Fire Marshal and administered in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
The County Board of Building Code Appeals is hereby designated as the appeals board to hear appeals arising from the application of the provisions of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
Annual permits and fees. In accordance with § 27-98 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, and with Sections 107.2, 107.4, 107.10, and 107.13 of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code, each of the following facilities shall be required to obtain from the Fire Marshal an annual operating permit, and shall be subject to an annual inspection by the Fire Marshal to ensure the safe operation of such facility. There is hereby established an annual inspection fee which, within 30 days following invoice or assessment by the Fire Marshal, shall be paid to the Treasurer of Warren County in the amount shown below.
Inspections and fees based upon registered complaint. The Fire Marshal shall inspect any building or facility within Warren County upon a registered complaint by any person to the Fire Marshal relating to the safety of such building or facility. For the purpose of this section, a registered complaint is either a written or oral complaint to the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Office of the Fire Marshal about the health, safety and well-being of oneself or another by leaving detailed information on a fire and/or safety hazard, which complaint includes the complainant's name, address, telephone contact number, and date and time of complaint, which information may be kept confidential by the office of the Fire Marshal, but shall not include complaints without such information being furnished. There is hereby established an inspection fee for inspections made after such a registered complaint which fee, within 30 days following invoice or assessment by the Fire Marshal, shall be paid to the Treasurer of Warren County in the amount shown below:
Inspections following registered complaints: two inspections without charge; $25 for each subsequent inspection.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that it be effective 1-1-2016.