Chapter 2.34


2.34.010    Established.

2.34.020    Personnel.

2.34.030    Appointment of personnel.

2.34.040    Inspection authority.

2.34.050    Remedy of hazardous conditions.

2.34.060    Duties of chief.

2.34.070    Compensation.

2.34.080    Firemen’s relief and pension system.

2.34.010 Established.

There is established and created a fire department of the city of Lynnwood. (Ord. 353 § 1, 1967)

2.34.020 Personnel.

The department personnel shall consist of a fire chief and such other employees as the city council may from time-to-time deem necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the department. (Ord. 353 § 2, 1967)

2.34.030 Appointment of personnel.

The chief of the fire department shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to a city council confirmation process in Chapter 2.06 LMC which includes, but is not limited to, a majority vote of the city council. The fire chief shall hold the appointment at the pleasure of the mayor. The mayor may appoint such other personnel as the city council may from time-to-time authorize. Termination of an appointment shall be subject to any applicable law, ordinances, civil service rule or regulation, or labor contract, now or hereafter in effect. The chief of the fire department shall on appointment take an oath of office. (Ord. 2423 § 5, 2002; Ord. 2353 § 2, 2001; Ord. 353 § 3, 1967)

2.34.040 Inspection authority.

The fire chief, or such of his deputies as he may then have, shall have authority all times of day and night in performance of his duties hereunder to enter upon and examine any building or premises where any fire has occurred and any other building or premises adjoining or near thereto and at all reasonable times shall have the authority to inspect any public building or premises for fire hazards. (Ord. 353 § 4, 1967)

2.34.050 Remedy of hazardous conditions.

If the fire chief or his deputy finds in any building or premises subject to their inspection any combustible material or flammable conditions or fire hazards dangerous to the safety of the building, premises or public, he shall by written order require such conditions to be remedied and such order shall forthwith be complied with by the owner or occupant of the building or premises. (Ord. 353 § 5, 1967)

2.34.060 Duties of chief.

It shall be the duty of the fire chief to enforce all ordinances duly enacted and passed by the city council regulating fire safety and pertaining to operation of the fire department and to do all things necessary for the prosecution of offenders in the manner prescribed. The fire chief, subject to the supervision of the mayor, shall be responsible for the training, discipline, and control of all firefighters, including volunteer firefighters. (Ord. 2353 § 3, 2001; Ord. 353 § 6, 1967)

2.34.070 Compensation.

The fire chief and such additional personnel as may be employed shall receive such compensation as the council shall provide from year-to-year in its annual budget ordinance, and shall be entitled to such other benefits as are spelled out in other city ordinances governing personnel. (Ord. 353 § 7, 1967)

2.34.080 Firemen’s relief and pension system.

There is established and adopted a firemen’s relief and pension system as provided for in Chapter 41.18 RCW.

There is hereby created and established a volunteer firefighters’ pension and relief board of the city of Lynnwood consisting of the following five members:

1. Mayor, who shall be chair of the board;

2. Finance director, who shall be secretary-treasurer of the board;

3. One city councilmember;

4. Fire chief; and

5. One member of the fire department to be elected by the members of the fire department for a one-year term and annually thereafter.

The volunteer firefighters pension and relief board shall perform all functions, exercise all powers, and make such determinations as specified in Chapter 41.24 RCW, as it may be amended from time-to-time. (Ord. 2281 § 1, 1999; Ord. 519 § 1, 1969)