[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Mazomanie 6-28-1988 as §§ 3-2-1, 3-2-3 and 3-2-9 of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mazomanie Fire Department is hereby officially recognized and the duty of conducting the Fire Department is hereby delegated to such organization, and its organization and internal regulations shall be governed by the constitution and bylaws of that organization, insofar as they do not conflict with the provisions of this chapter.
The Mazomanie Fire Department is hereby authorized and directed to adopt bylaws for the control, management and government and for the regulation of business and proceedings of the Department, which bylaws, after adoption by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Department, shall not become effective and operative until presented to and approved by the Village Board. Amendments shall be adopted in the same manner.
The officers and members of the Fire Department shall receive such compensation from the Village Board as may from time to time be fixed by the Village Board.
The Village Board shall appropriate funds to provide for operation and for such apparatus and equipment for the use of the Fire Department as it may deem expedient and necessary to maintain efficiency and properly protect life and property from fire.
Not later than October 1 of each year, the Chief shall file with the Village Clerk-Treasurer a detailed estimate of the appropriations needed for the conduct of the Department during the ensuing fiscal year.
The Chief and assistants or officers in command at any fire are hereby vested with full and complete police authority at fires. 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.
The Fire Chief may prescribe certain limits in the vicinity of any fire within which no persons, excepting firemen and policemen and those admitted by order of any officer of the Department, shall be permitted to come.
The Chief shall have the power to 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 shall have the power to cause the removal of all wires or other facilities and the turning off of all electricity or other services where the same impedes the work of the Department during the progress of a fire.
Acting as Fire Inspector or Assistant Fire Inspector pursuant to § 101.14(2), Wis. Stats., the Fire Chief, or any officer of the Fire Department designated pursuant to the Department's bylaws, shall have the right and authority to enter any building or upon any premises in the Village at all reasonable hours for the purpose of making inspections or investigations which, under the provisions of this Code, he may deem necessary.
The Chief of the Fire Department is required, by himself or by officers or members of the Fire Department designated by him as Fire Inspectors, to inspect all buildings, premises, and public thoroughfares, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, or any violations of any law or ordinance relating to the fire hazard or to the prevention of fires. Fire Inspectors shall be selected pursuant to the bylaws of the Department. Such inspections shall be made at least once in six months in all of the territory served by such Fire Department, and not less than once in three months in such territory as the Village Board has designated or hereafter designates as within the fire limits or as a congested district subject to conflagration, and more often as the Chief of the Fire Department orders. Each six-month period shall begin on January 1 and July 1 and each three-month period on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year.
Written reports of inspections shall be made and kept on file in the office of the Chief of the Fire Department in the manner and form required by the Department of Commerce. The Fire Chief shall make semiannual reports to the Village Board on Departmental concerns and fire inspections. Citations may be issued for violations.
The Fire 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.
No apparatus shall be used for any purpose except for fire fighting within the Village limits, or in training therefor, except pursuant to a mutual aid or other such agreement approved by the Village Board after the Chief has given his recommendations on such use. With the approval of the Chief such apparatus may be used for emergency purposes other than fire fighting within the Village.