Chapter 2.15FIRE DEPARTMENT

Sections:

2.15.010
Title.
2.15.020
Charter – Required.
2.15.030
Organization.
2.15.040
Chief – Election and duties generally.
2.15.050
Board of officers.
2.15.060
Assistant chief.
2.15.070
Command in absence of chief.
2.15.080
Chief – Removal.
2.15.090
Chief – Fire warden.
2.15.100
Charter – Names of members.
2.15.110
Right of entry and appointment of special policemen.
2.15.120
Right-of-way.
2.15.130
False alarm prohibited.
2.15.140
Penalty for violation.
2.15.150
Equipment use outside city authorized.
2.15.160
Mutual aid agreements authorized.
2.15.170
Death and disability benefits – Authorized.
2.15.180
Death and disability benefits – Enrollment.
2.15.190
Number of members.
2.15.010Title.

The fire department organized under the provisions of this chapter shall be known as the Cle Elum fire department.

(Ord. 42 § 1, 1903)

2.15.020Charter – Required.

Each company of the Cle Elum fire department as provided in this chapter shall receive a charter from the council signed by the mayor and clerk and sealed with the seal of the city. The charter shall give the names of the company, date of organization and names of its members. All names appearing on the charter shall be known as charter members of the “____________ Company.”

(Ord. 42 § 2, 1903)

2.15.030Organization.

The fire department shall consist of as many hose companies and hook and ladder companies, of not more than twenty members and not less than fifteen members, as may be organized in the manner provided in this chapter, with the approval of the council of the city. Each company shall elect a president, secretary and clerk and make bylaws for its own government. On the second Monday of January of each year each company shall elect a captain, who shall take charge of the company and cause the orders of the chief to be executed, and he shall also see that all apparatus belonging to his company is kept neat and clean and in order for immediate use.

(Ord. 42 § 3, 1903)

2.15.040Chief – Election and duties generally.

There shall be elected on the second Monday of January of each year by the members of the fire department, subject to the approval of the council of the city, a chief of the fire department, who shall hold office for the term of one year or until his successor is elected and qualified; provided, however, that C.H. Haines shall be chief of the fire department until the second Monday in January, 1904. The chief of the fire department shall have control of the department at all times, and all apparatus belonging to the department. It shall be his duty to see that all property belonging to the city, and used for the purposes of the fire department, is kept in good condition and ready for immediate use. He shall have sole command at fires over the members of the fire department while on duty, and shall have police powers at fires as ex officio marshal. He shall have power to make all necessary repairs and purchase all needed supplies; provided, however, that in case of the purchase of hose, hose carts or hydrants, he shall first obtain the consent of the city council. The chief shall have power to make rules for the government of the fire department, and can suspend any company or member thereof for insubordination pending an investigation as provided for in this chapter.

(Ord. 42 § 4, 1903)

2.15.050Board of officers.

The captain, treasurer and secretary of each company and the chief of the department shall constitute a board of officers, whose duty shall be to settle all disputes in the department, to organize new companies, with the consent of the council, at the recommendation of the chief, and designate who shall be charter members of the same; to investigate charges made against any company thereof and to expel any company or member thereof from the department. The chief shall be the presiding officer at the meetings of the board.

(Ord. 42 § 5, 1903)

2.15.060Assistant chief.

The chief of the department shall appoint an assistant chief whose duty shall be to assist the chief in the discharge of his duties at fires, and in the absence of the chief at fires to assume command and have all the powers of the chief.

(Ord. 42 § 6, 1903)

2.15.070Command in absence of chief.

In the absence of the chief and assistant chief, the fire captain at the fire shall assume command.

(Ord. 42 § 7, 1903)

2.15.080Chief – Removal.

The chief of the fire department may be impeached by a majority vote of the members of the fire department, subject to approval of the city council, and the chief may be removed from the council at any time for cause.

(Ord. 42 § 8, 1903)

2.15.090Chief – Fire warden.

The chief of the fire department is constituted fire warden of the city.

(Ord. 42 § 9, 1903)

2.15.100Charter – Names of members.

The secretary of each company shall immediately present the city clerk a list of the names of the members of his respective company and receive a charter as provided in this chapter. Such charter shall be dated back to cover the entire service of each of the companies.

(Ord. 42 § 10, 1903)

2.15.110Right of entry and appointment of special policemen.

In all cases of fire within the limits of the city or within one mile thereof during the time of fire, the chief of the fire department of the city or his assistant or any other person in command thereof at the time, shall for the purpose of extinguishing, controlling or checking such fire, have the right to enter any part of any building or structure within the limits aforesaid, and do or cause to be done therein, any act or thing he may deem necessary, and in extreme cases of fire, to explode or otherwise remove, or cause the same to be done, any building or structure within the limits aforesaid, and during the time of fire such person shall have the right to appoint special policemen, who shall have authority to act as such without being sworn.

(Ord. 113 § 1, 1909)

2.15.120Right-of-way.

In all cases when the alarm of fire has been given, the fire department shall have the right-of-way, and any person or persons who wilfully hinder, delay or in any manner oppose any officer or member of the fire department of the city, while in the lawful performance of his duty in time of fire, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished as provided in this chapter.

(Ord. 113 § 2, 1909)

2.15.130False alarm prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to ring or cause to be rung the fire bell of the city on any occasion except for fire alarm, or in connection therewith under the direction of the chief of the fire department.

(Ord. 113 § 3, 1909)

2.15.140Penalty for violation.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not exceeding one hundred dollars.

(Ord. 113 (part), 1909)

2.15.150Equipment use outside city authorized.

The mayor of the city, acting by and through the chief of the fire department, is authorized to dispatch and use the fire apparatus and equipment of the city, together with the fire department personnel operating the same, outside of the corporate limits of the city, for the purpose of rendering assistance to neighboring communities and areas in the event of a threatening conflagration or other dire emergency. Under no circumstances shall such fire apparatus and equipment be dispatched outside of the city to such an extent as to deplete existing available equipment or leave the city without adequate fire protection.

(Ord. 577 § 1, 1962)

2.15.160Mutual aid agreements authorized.

The mayor and the city clerk are authorized and directed to execute on the behalf of the city such mutual aid agreements with adjoining communities or areas maintaining and operating fire apparatus and equipment or with the Central Washington Firemen’s Association as may be necessary or desirable to effectuate the orderly dispatch of the city fire apparatus and equipment outside of the city and the reciprocal dispatching of other apparatus and equipment into the city.

(Ord. 577 § 2, 1962)

2.15.170Death and disability benefits – Authorized.

On and after the effective date of Chapter 261, Laws of 1945, as contained in RCW Chapter 41.24, all firemen, including volunteers and fully paid, shall be entitled to the benefits of the death and disability provisions provided under Chapter 261, Laws of 1945, as contained in RCW Chapter 41.24.

(Ord. 397 § 1, 1945)

2.15.180Death and disability benefits – Enrollment.

The city clerk shall be the secretary-treasurer of the board of trustees created by said act and shall enroll each firemen under the death and disability provisions of said law.

(Ord. 397 § 2, 1945)

2.15.190Number of members.

The volunteer fire department personnel of the city shall not at any time exceed twenty-five firemen for each one thousand of population, or fraction thereof of the city’s population; provided, that at no time shall the membership of the fire department be less than fifteen firemen.