CHAPTER VII. FIRECHAPTER VII. FIRE\ARTICLE 1. FIRE DEPARTMENT

ARTICLE 1. FIRE DEPARTMENT

There be and hereby is established a fire department in the City of Cottonwood Falls, to consist of a chief, an assistant chief, and not less than twenty (20) nor more than thirty (30) men, to be known as the City Fire Department.

(Code 1976, 6-101; Code 2015)

Members of the fire department shall all be volunteers. They shall meet at least once each month for practice and drills. Each volunteer fireman shall be paid the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) for each meeting actually attended. The chief shall keep a record of attendance at such meetings. Any member who shall fail to attend six (6) consecutive meetings shall automatically become expelled from membership.

(Code 1976, 6-102; Ord. 892; Code 2015)

The chief of the fire department shall be under the supervision of the mayor and shall have superintendency and control over and be responsible for the care and condition of the fire apparatus and equipment, and it shall be his duty to see that all such apparatus and equipment shall be at all times ready for immediate use, and shall submit a written report as to its condition to the mayor and council at their first meeting in October.

(Code 1976, 6-103; Code 2015)

The chief of the fire department shall be responsible for the discipline of members and is hereby given the authority to suspend or expel any member for the refusal to obey orders, or for misconduct or failure to do his duty at a fire. The chief shall also have the right to summon any and all persons present to aid in extinguishing a fire, or to aid in removing personal property from any building on fire or in danger thereof, and in guarding the same.

(Code 1976, 6-104; Code 2015)

The chief of the fire department shall have full power, control and command over all persons whomsoever present at fires, and he shall direct the use of all fire apparatus and equipment, and command all firemen in the discharge of their duties. He shall take such measures as he may deem necessary in the preservation and protection of property and the extinguishing of fires.

(Code 1976, 6-105; Code 2015)

The chief of the fire department shall keep in convenient form a complete record of all fires. Such information shall include the time and location, construction of building, owner, occupancy, how extinguished, value of building and contents, loss on building and contents, insurance on building and contents, members responding to the alarm, and any other information deemed advisable.

(Code 1976, 6-106; Code 2015)

It shall be the duty of the chief of the fire department to adopt all prudent measures for the prevention of fires and for this purpose he or his assistant under his direction may, upon request or whenever he has reason to believe that the safety of life and property demands it, and as often as he may deem necessary, enter any building, yard or premises in the city during reasonable hours for the purpose of inspection, and where dangerous, unsafe or hazardous conditions are found to exist he shall give such directions for the alteration, change or removal or better care or management of the same as he may deem proper, and such directions shall be obeyed and complied with by the person directed in that regard and at their expense.

(Code 1976, 6-107; Code 2015)

In the absence of the chief, the assistant chief shall perform all the duties and have all the authority and responsibility of the chief as conferred by this article.

(Code 1976, 6-108; Code 2015)

All fire apparatus and equipment is hereby given and granted the exclusive right-of-way over and through all streets, avenues, alleys and public thoroughfares in the city while enroute to fires or in response to any alarm of fire, and no person or persons shall in any manner obstruct or hinder the apparatus aforesaid.

(Code 1976, 6-109; Code 2015)

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to drive any wagon, carriage, automobile, truck, locomotive, railroad car, tractor or any other vehicle over any fire hose laid in any street, avenue, alley, bridge or vacant lot: Provided, that this section shall not apply to any apparatus or vehicle belonging to the fire department.

(Code 1976, 6-110; Code 2015)

No person shall place or cause to be placed upon or about any fire hydrant any rubbish, building material, fence, or other obstruction of any character what so ever, in any manner to obstruct, hinder, or delay the fire department in the performance of its duties in case of fire. Nor shall any person or persons hitch or cause to be hitched, any animal or animals, nor fasten to the same any guy rope or brace, nor back or stand any wagon, truck, automobile, or other vehicle within fifteen feet (15’) of any such hydrant.

(Code 1976, 6-111; Code 2015)

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to make or sound or cause to be made or sounded or by any other means any false alarm of fire without reasonable cause.

(Code 1976, 6-112; Code 2015)

No person or persons shall use any fire apparatus or equipment for any private purpose, nor shall any person willfully and without proper authority remove, take away, keep or conceal any tool, appliance or other article used in any way by the fire department.

(Code 1976, 6-113; Code 2015)

On the last Tuesday of February of each succeeding year hereafter the members of said fire department shall meet in the council room of the city for the purpose of nominating a fire chief and assistant chief, and a board of five executive trustees, to be elected by ballot from among said firemen and at each said meeting the said firemen shall from their own members choose a president to preside over said meeting and also a secretary and two tellers who shall keep a record of the proceedings of said meeting, and within ten days after said election of a fire chief, assistant fire chief and the five trustees the said president and secretary of said meeting shall certify to the governing body of said city the result of said election and all officers so chosen shall, upon approval of the governing body of said city, assume their duties, and unless said governing body so approve the officials so elected and so chosen they shall not assume any duties and a new election shall be held and new officers elected and chosen and their names so submitted for approval.

(Code 1976, 6-114; Code 2015)

Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this article or refusing or neglecting to comply with any of the requirements thereof, shall, upon conviction, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00).

(Code 1976, 6-115; Code 2015)

The City shall join with the Chase County Fire District with the intent that said District shall provide fire protection services as set forth and pursuant to (1) a contract setting forth duties and responsibilities of each party, signed and executed by the City and the Chase County Commissioners and (2) a leasehold agreement, signed and executed by the City and the Chase County Commissioners, concerning the operation of the City’s fire building located in its municipal city limits.

(Ord. 955; Code 2015)