City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Monessen as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 83.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 224.
[Adopted 12-22-1964 by Ord. No. 604]

§ 39-1 Establishment.

[Amended 1-16-1965 by Ord. No. 611; 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
A fire department, recognized as the Bureau of Fire, is hereby established for the City of Monessen, composed of the following recognized fire companies:
A. 
Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association of Monessen, Pennsylvania, hereinafter referred to as "Downtown Company."
B. 
Monessen Volunteer Fire Department, Hose House No. 2, hereinafter referred to as "Hilltop Company."

§ 39-2 Supervision.

[Amended 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
The Bureau of Fire shall be under the general supervision and control of the City Council and under the particular supervision and control of the Department of Public Safety.

§ 39-3 Chief executive officer.

[Amended 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
The chief executive officer of the Bureau of Fire shall be the Municipal Fire Chief, who shall be appointed by the City Council and shall serve for an indefinite term, at the pleasure of the City Council. He shall receive such salary, payable from the general funds of the City, as the City Council shall from time to time determine. Before entering upon any of the duties of his office, the Municipal Fire Chief shall take an oath before the City Clerk or other officer of the City who shall have authority to administer oaths.

§ 39-3.1 Appointment of Municipal Fire Chief.

[Added 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
The Director of Public Safety shall recommend to City Council candidates for the position of Municipal Fire Chief. A candidate must have a minimum of 10 years' experience as a firefighter and a minimum of five years' experience as a fire officer (Chief, Assistant Chief or Captain).

§ 39-4 Duties of Chief.

[Amended 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
A. 
The Municipal Fire Chief shall have full control of the Bureau of Fire and the fire companies which compose it at any and all times when the Bureau of Fire or any recognized fire company belonging thereto, is engaged in any of the following activities:
(1) 
Answering an alarm of any incident type;
(2) 
Fighting fire;
(3) 
Performing emergency or rescue work;
(4) 
Training, educational drill or public informational activity; or
(5) 
Representing the City or the Bureau of Fire at any occasion or ceremony by authority of the Director of Public Safety.
B. 
The Municipal Fire Chief shall be responsible for:
(1) 
Establishment of standard operating guidelines and alarm assignments/responses for all types of incidents for all fire companies;
(2) 
Proper maintenance and safekeeping of all apparatus and equipment used or owned by the respective fire companies or placed in their custody.
C. 
At the end of each calendar month, the Municipal Fire Chief shall report to the Director of Public Safety the number of incidents, dates and times of incidents, incident numbers, types of incidents, and any losses of life or injuries to persons.

§ 39-5 Issuance of orders; failure to comply.

[Amended 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
A. 
At the time and location of an incident, the Municipal Fire Chief shall have the supreme and absolute command of any and all fire companies in action, and his subordinate officers shall receive and obey all commands and orders issued by him, provided that, at any time the Bureau of Fire or any of its recognized fire companies is serving beyond City boundaries following a call for assistance from any political subdivision served by its own fire department or fire company and that other fire department or fire company is also on duty, the Municipal Fire Chief may direct that the recognized fire companies of the Bureau and their members shall be subject to the control and direction of the chief of the fire department or fire company of the political subdivision in which such fire is located.
B. 
The Municipal Fire Chief is authorized to call upon and use the Police Department of the City or its members to keep order among persons in the vicinity, or to disperse them.
C. 
Persons who interfere with or impede the operations of the Bureau of Fire in the discharge of its duties or who are considered to be in a position of danger may be ordered to leave the area. Any person who refuses to obey an order to disperse, move or cease interference with Bureau activities shall, upon conviction before a judicial officer, be guilty of a summary offense and sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and costs of prosecution.

§ 39-6 Authority.

Each of the recognized fire companies shall have the authority to prescribe and adopt bylaws for its own regulation and government, but no such bylaws or amendments thereto shall become effective without the approval of the City Council.

§ 39-7 Appointment; compensation.

[Amended 1-16-1965 by Ord. No. 611; 4-14-1982 by Ord. No. 1-1982]
The officers of each of the recognized fire companies shall be as prescribed in the bylaws of such company. The individuals to hold such office shall be chosen in the manner and for the term specified by the applicable bylaws. At the discretion of City Council, any officers may be paid a fixed annual compensation or salary from City funds, provided that the bylaws of each recognized fire company shall provide for one officer who shall be designated Chief of such company and one or more Assistant Chiefs. Such Company Fire Chiefs, in order of seniority in such office, shall serve as Assistant Municipal Fire Chief, and in the absence of the Municipal Fire Chief, such Senior Fire Chief shall serve as Acting Municipal Fire Chief and shall perform all the duties and may exercise all the authority vested by this chapter in the Municipal Fire Chief. If any Company Fire Chief shall be designated by the City Council as the Municipal Fire Chief, the Company Fire Chiefs of the other recognized fire companies, in order of seniority, shall serve as Assistant Municipal Fire Chiefs.

§ 39-7.1 Incident delegation.

[Added 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
At an incident, the Municipal Fire Chief may delegate, to either Company Fire Chief or, in their absence, one of the Assistant Chiefs or, in their absence, one of the Captains, the responsibility to perform any duty or exercise any power herein vested in the Municipal Fire Chief at that particular incident.

§ 39-8 Nonincident delegation.

[Amended 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
At any time other than at an incident, the Municipal Fire Chief may delegate to any or all of the Company Fire Chiefs the responsibility to perform any duty or exercise any power herein vested in the Municipal Fire Chief only over and within the particular fire company of which such person is the Chief.

§ 39-8.1 Standard operating guidelines.

[Added 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
The Municipal Fire Chief shall provide to City Council a copy of the standard operating guidelines of the Bureau of Fire and any changes made to said guidelines. The Municipal Fire Chief shall have the authority and discretion to discipline any firefighter who does not follow the standard operating guidelines of the Bureau of Fire. The Municipal Fire Chief shall document any disciplinary action taken and report the action taken to the Director of Public Safety.
[Adopted 4-19-2000 by Ord. No. 2-2000]

§ 39-9 Establishment.

Under the direction of the Municipal Fire Chief, Fire Companies 1 and 2, situate within the City of Monessen, are hereby granted authority to establish and maintain a Junior Firefighter Program.

§ 39-10 Authority to establish.

The Municipal Fire Chief of the City of Monessen shall have necessary authority to establish rules, regulations and controls for the establishment and regulation of the program. The rules and regulations he establishes shall be maintained, and all records of each individual Junior Firefighter shall be subject to the Municipal Fire Chief's inspection as the Municipal Fire Chief shall from time to time require.

§ 39-11 Basic requirements.

At bare minimum, the rules and regulations establishing and operating the program shall require the applicants parents' and natural guardians' consent, coverage by the respective fire companies' insurance carriers, compliance with all state standards and state laws governing child labor and each applicant's agreement to be subject to the rules and regulations set by the Municipal Fire Chief and any amendments thereto.

§ 39-12 Authority of Fire Chief; discipline.

The authority granted to the Municipal Fire Chief under this article may not be assigned, and the program, under his supervision, may be suspended, modified, altered or terminated and any Junior Firefighter who violates the terms and conditions as set forth by the Municipal Fire Chief may otherwise be subject to such discipline as the Municipal Fire Chief shall decide. Such discipline may include warnings, reprimands, temporary suspensions or full dismissal from the Firefighter Program.