Chapter 2.28


2.28.010    Organization.

2.28.020    Fire chief.

2.28.030    Firefighters.


2.28.060    Repealed.

2.28.070    Mutual aid.

2.28.080    Police power of the fire department.

2.28.090    Issuance of citations.

2.28.100    Interference with department prohibited.

2.28.010 Organization.

The Brookfield fire department shall be organized and operated under Section 62.13, Wisconsin Statutes. It shall consist of a paid chief and such paid subordinates as are authorized by the council. (Ord. 2318-13 § 1 (part), 2013: Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.020 Fire chief.

A.    The fire chief shall be appointed by the police and fire commission. He or she shall hold office during good behavior, subject to suspension or removal by the commission for cause.

B.    He or she shall have command and supervision of all the members, apparatus and operations of the department. He shall establish rules and regulations for the department.

C.    He or she shall appoint subordinates subject to the approval of the police and fire commission. Such appointments shall be made by promotion when this can be done with advantage; otherwise from an eligible list provided by examination and approval by the commission.

D.    The fire chief or a chief officer in charge shall be present at all fires, have complete command of and responsibility for all firefighting operations, plan the control of the same and direct the actions of the firefighters.

E.    The fire chief may suspend a member of the department for cause as provided in Section 62.13, Wisconsin Statutes. No hearing on a suspension need be held by the police and fire commission unless requested by the member suspended.

F.    He or she shall enforce fire prevention ordinances of the city and state laws and regulations pertaining to fire prevention, including those enumerated in Section 101.14, Wisconsin Statutes.

G.    He or she shall keep an inventory of apparatus and equipment and the results of tests of the same.

H.    He or she shall be responsible for reporting fires and maintaining a database in accordance with Fire Incident Reporting: SPS 314.01(11).

I.    He or she shall perform such other duties as are incumbent on the commanding officer of the fire department. (Ord. 2413-15 § 1, 2015: Ord. 2318-13 § 1 (part), 2013: Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.030 Firefighters.

A.    Shall hold their positions at the will of the commission; upon certification by the commission of the completion of one year of satisfactory service, they shall hold their positions for an indefinite term, subject only to suspension, demotion or removal for cause, as provided in Section 62.13, Wisconsin Statutes.

B.    Firefighters shall be governed by the rules and regulations of the department established in accordance with this chapter. (Ord. 2318-13 § 1 (part), 2013: Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.040 Compensation.

Repealed by Ord. 2413-15. (Ord. 2318-13 § 1 (part), 2013: Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.050 Pensions.

Repealed by Ord. 2413-15. (Ord. 2318-13 § 1 (part), 2013: Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.060 Appropriations.

Repealed by Ord. 2413-15. (Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.070 Mutual aid.

The chief, subject to the approval of the council, may, by agreement, secure the assistance and cooperation of the fire departments of neighboring municipalities and extend like assistance and cooperation of the Brookfield fire department to such municipalities. (Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.080 Police power of the fire department.

A.    The chief or officers in command are vested with police authority at fires, including that delegated to them by Section 213.095, Wisconsin Statutes. They may arrest any person failing to give the right-of-way to the fire department in responding to a fire.

B.    The chief or the ranking officer at a fire may order the removal or tearing down or other disposition of any property necessary to stop or check the progress of a fire.

C.    The chief or ranking officer may fix limits around a fire within which no person other than firefighters and police officers and the mayor and those admitted by order of an officer of the department shall enter.

D.    Members of the department, acting under the direction of their commanding officer, may enter upon premises in the vicinity of any fire for the purpose of extinguishing or controlling such fire.

E.    Whenever the chief or one of his deputies discovers a fire hazard, he shall serve a notice, in writing, upon the owner of the property where located, ordering the removal thereof within a reasonable time. If not removed within the time allowed, it may be removed by or at the order of the chief and the cost of such removal shall be charged against the property as a special tax, or recovered in action against the owner, at the city’s option. (Ord. 2318-13 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.090 Issuance of citations.

Pursuant to Chapter 800, Wisconsin Statutes, the city, by its council, authorizes the fire chief, assistant fire chief, deputy fire chiefs and fire inspectors to issue municipal citations for violations of the city’s fire code. (Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)

2.28.100 Interference with department prohibited.

A.    No person shall hinder or resist the firefighters in the discharge of their duties, or damage any hose, engine or other apparatus, or drive any vehicle over hose laid in the street.

B.    No person shall refuse to obey any reasonable order of the mayor, the fire chief or the officer in charge which is given to assist in the extinguishment of the fire or to maintain order at the scene thereof.

C.    No person shall refuse the chief or his deputies the right to make fire inspections at any reasonable time nor shall any person hinder or obstruct such fire inspector in the discharge of his duties or refuse any lawful direction given by him. (Ord. 2318-13 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2131-08 § 1 (part), 2008)