Borough of Milton, PA
Northumberland County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Milton: Art. I, 1-16-1980 as Ord. No. 835; Art. II, 6-15-1983 as Ord. No. 894. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Emergency Management Agency — See Ch. 15.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 133.
[Adopted 1-16-1980 as Ord. No. 835]

§ 21-1 Department established.

There is hereby reaffirmed and established the Milton Fire Department hereinafter referred to as "Fire Department."

§ 21-2 Composition.

A. 
The Fire Department shall consist of the following three Fire Companies situate within the Borough of Milton:
[Amended 4-16-1986 by Ord. No. 935]
(1) 
Goodwill Hose Company No. 2.
(2) 
Shimer Hose Company No. 3.
(3) 
Fifth Ward Hose Company.
B. 
No other fire company shall be a part of the Fire Department unless the fire company shall be added to the Department by an official resolution of Milton Borough Council. All members of said Fire Companies shall henceforth be members of the Fire Department and shall be subject to this Article and all rules and regulations promulgated hereunder.

§ 21-3 Chief; Deputy Chief.

A. 
The head of the Fire Department shall be the Chief of the Fire Department, and directly subordinate in command to the Chief shall be the Deputy Fire Chief and the Assistant Fire Chief. The Chief of the Fire Department, or his substitutes in his absence, shall have the following duties and powers. He shall:
(1) 
Be responsible to the Milton Borough Council and the Milton Fire Board for the proper administration and operation of the Department and the discipline of its members.
(2) 
Make such general orders and rules as may be necessary for the care, maintenance and protection of the property of the Department and property of the borough used by the Department, for the conduct of the members of the Department and for the overall operations of the Department.
(3) 
With the assistance of the Deputy Chief, Assistant Fire Chief and Company Captains, periodically review the Department's operating procedures and make changes as may be necessary for the better operation of the Department.
(4) 
Take all proper measures for the prevention, control and extinguishment of fires and for the protection of life and property from fire and shall perform all duties imposed by all municipal laws respecting fire prevention and shall exercise the power and duties imposed by him by this Article.
(5) 
Be responsible for the enforcement of this Article, Fire Department rules and regulations and Department operating procedures.
(6) 
Be in full and complete charge and control of all fire-fighting personnel and equipment at all fires and emergencies responded to by the Milton Fire Department.
(7) 
Report all fires to the proper authorities as prescribed by Pennsylvania state fire laws.
(8) 
Have the power to reprimand, suspend or recommend dismissal of any member of the Department or any Company in the Department pursuant to § 21-9 hereof.
B. 
The Deputy Chief shall assist the Chief and carry out the orders of the Chief. In the absence of the Chief, the Deputy Chief shall act as Chief and perform all the duties and powers of the Chief as provided in this Article. The Assistant Chief shall assist the Chief and Deputy Chief in their duties and, in the absence of the Chief and Deputy Chief, shall act as Chief and perform all the duties and powers of the Chief.

§ 21-4 Fire Board.

[Amended 4-16-1986 by Ord. No. 935]
There is hereby established a Fire Board of the Milton Fire Department, which shall consist of nine representatives from the Fire Companies comprising the Fire Department, the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief and the Assistant Fire Chief. Each Fire Company which forms a part of the Milton Fire Department shall annually elect or appoint three representatives to the Fire Board in order to fill the nine representatives positions. The Fire Board shall meet once a month or more frequently, if necessary, in order to conduct business of the Fire Department not directly governed by the Fire Chief and shall have such other powers as are granted by this Article. The Fire Board shall make the regulations pertaining to the election of the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief and Assistant Fire Chief. Every other year the Fire Board shall elect three members of the Milton Fire Department to serve as Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief for terms of two years, subject to approval by the Milton Borough Council and the provisions of this Article. After approval by Milton Borough Council, said officers shall assume their official positions.

§ 21-5 Officer qualifications.

A. 
The requirements for any person serving as Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, shall be as follows:
(1) 
He shall have attained 25 years of age and shall have at least five year's active service in the Milton Fire Department.
(2) 
He shall have attended and completed the following courses or their equivalent within the four years immediately prior to his election:
(a) 
Fire Fighting I.
(b) 
Fire Fighting II.
(c) 
Fire Department Officership.
(d) 
Pump Operations.
(3) 
He must have served as a Fire Company Line Officer for a period of at least two years prior to his election.
B. 
In addition, every person elected Assistant Fire Chief shall make a reasonable effort to attend the following fire-fighting schools, if not previously attended:
(1) 
Fire Service Hydraulics.
(2) 
Rescue Practice.
(3) 
Aerial Apparatus Operations.
(4) 
Rural Fire Fighting.
(5) 
Arson Investigation.
(6) 
Hazardous Materials.
(7) 
Fire Prevention and Inspection.
(8) 
Master Planning.

§ 21-6 Member requirements.

Members of the Milton Fire Department shall be limited to all individuals who are members of the Fire Companies officially designated as part of the Milton Fire Department. Members of the Fire Department shall comply with the following requirements:
A. 
Each member of the Fire Department shall regularly attend training held by the Fire Department. Regular attendance shall mean attendance of 50% of the Fire Department trainings held in the past 12 months. Each member shall also attend 25% of that member's Company trainings, and each member shall also attend 25% of the alarms to which that member's Company is called.
[Amended 4-16-1986 as Ord. No. 935]
B. 
Each member shall attend the following local fire-fighting schools or their equivalent and shall comply with other minimum training standards under the Department's standard operating procedures after joining the Department:
(1) 
Fire Fighting I.
(2) 
Fire Fighting II.
(3) 
Rescue Practices.
C. 
No member shall participate in any activities of the Milton Fire Department while under the influence of intoxicating beverages or a controlled substance.
D. 
No member shall consume or ingest intoxicating beverages or controlled substances while representing the Milton Fire Department.
E. 
New members of the Department shall undergo orientation and training as provided in the Department's standard operating procedures.
F. 
Members who fail to meet these requirements after a reasonable period of time shall not receive or maintain a personal paging device and shall not perform on the fireground, wear self-contained breathing apparatus, handle fire streams, climb ladders, use specialized tools or be a line officer.
G. 
Junior members of the Department shall be limited to duties allowed by the Pennsylvania Child Labor Laws.
H. 
Such members desiring to serve only with the Ambulance Service shall, in lieu of § 21-2B of this Article, comply with all state and borough laws and ambulance training requirements, and such members desiring to serve only as Fire Police shall, in lieu of § 21-2B of this Article, attend the training as required in the standard operating procedure regulations of the Milton Fire Department.
[Amended 4-16-1986 by Ord. No. 935]

§ 21-7 Captains.

Each Company which is a part of the Milton Fire Department shall elect a Captain to be in charge of the fire-fighting equipment assigned to that Company by the borough. The Captain of each Company shall meet the requirements set forth in § 21-6 hereof and shall be directly responsible to and carry out the orders of the Chief of the Department.

§ 21-8 Disciplinary policies.

The Chief of the Fire Department shall have the power to reprimand, suspend or recommend dismissal from the Department of any member or company for insubordination, inefficiency, misconduct, failure to respond to alarms, failure to participate in training or noncompliance with any of the provisions of this Article or the Department's standard operating procedures that, in the opinion of the Chief, would be detrimental to the discipline and efficiency of the Department. Within five days after the suspension of any member, the Chief shall report the suspension to the Milton Borough Council and the Fire Board, along with his recommendation for the term of the suspension or for a dismissal. No member or Company shall be dismissed from the Department unless the member or Company has an opportunity for a hearing before the Fire Board, provided that a written request for such hearing is received by the Fire Board within seven days after receipt of a notice of proposed dismissal. Any dismissal of a Company from the Fire Department by the Fire Board shall be subject to rejection or approval by the Borough Council.

§ 21-9 Response to calls.

The Fire Department shall respond to all calls for aid as outlined in the Department's standard operating procedures and in all mutual aide contracts entered into between the borough and other municipalities.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section X, which dealt with persons responding to fire scenes, and Section XI, which set forth violations and penalties, both of which immediately followed this section, were deleted at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 21-10 Additional remedies.

The penalties and remedies provided in this Article are not mutually exclusive and do not preclude the use by the borough of a complaint in equity to compel compliance with the provisions of this Article.

§ 21-11 Workmen's compensation coverage.

The members of the Fire Department shall in no way be deemed to be employees of the Borough of Milton by virtue of this Article, except for the purpose of Workmen's Compensation Insurance while on duty for the Fire Department.
[Adopted 6-15-1983 as Ord. No. 894]

§ 21-12 Covered activities.

The members of the Milton Fire Department, the Milton Fire Department Dive Team and the Fifth Ward Ambulance Company shall be covered by Workmen's Compensation Insurance, pursuant to Section 1031 of the Pennsylvania Workmen's Compensation Act, Act 1974, December 5, P.L. 782, No. 263, Section 15,[1] provided by the Borough of Milton, while such members are engaged in the following activities and only the following activities:
A. 
While responding to, engaged in and returning from fires, emergencies, rescue operations and ambulance calls as members of the designated organizations, whether or not the member is at the scene of the fire or emergency when it occurs.
B. 
While attending schools and training sessions that have been authorized by the Milton Borough Fire Chief.
C. 
While attending conventions, organization meetings, Department meetings, Relief Association meetings and other meetings as approved by the Milton Borough Council, on an annual basis or individual basis as the Borough Council may decide.
D. 
While participating in fairs, carnivals, banquets, barbeques and other fundraising activities of the respective organizations as a member of the organization when specifically approved by resolution of Milton Borough Council.
E. 
While participating in parades and civic functions as a member of the respective organizations when specifically approved by resolution of the Milton Borough Council.
F. 
While participating in fire prevention drills and education sessions as authorized by the Milton Borough Fire Chief and as approved by the Milton Borough Council on an annual basis.
G. 
While participating in sporting events on behalf of the respective organizations when approved by resolution of the Milton Borough Council.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 77 P.S. § 1031.