[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 131-1950/1951. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Ord. No. 72-1967]
The Assistant Chiefs in the Bureau of Fire shall aid and assist the Chief of the Bureau of Fire in the supervision, direction and control of all firefighters within the Bureau of Fire and any volunteer firefighters acting in concert with them. It shall be the duty of the Assistant Chief having the greatest seniority within that office to act as Chief of the Bureau of Fire during the absence or inability of the Chief to act, and during such absence or inability the Assistant Chief shall exercise all the rights and powers of the Chief.
[Ord. No. 30-1971]
Pursuant to the provisions of the Act of June 23, 1931, P.L. 932 as amended, 53 P.S. § 37104, there is hereby created and established the position of Fire Marshal in and for the City of Harrisburg.
The Fire Marshal shall be appointed biannually by the Mayor, with the approval and consent of Council.
The Fire Marshal need not be a member of the uniformed fire-fighting service of the City, but the office of Fire Marshal is hereby assigned, for administrative purposes, to the Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Fire. The Fire Marshal shall be responsible to and perform such duties as may be assigned by the Mayor and the Fire Chief.
In the interest of public safety and security from fire, the Fire Prevention Inspector, who shall be so designated by the Director of the Department of Public Safety, shall have full power and authority:
To enforce by order all laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations relating to the manufacture, sale, storage, or transportation of flammable or explosive substances; and
At any and all reasonable times, to enter upon and into any building or premises within the City for the purposes of examining and inspecting the same to ascertain the condition thereof with regard to the presence, arrangement or location of all appliances, materials, substances, goods, wares, or merchandise therein to determine whether or not a fire hazard exists.
The service of the orders of the Fire Prevention Inspector shall be made upon the owner, lessee or occupant, or agent of any of them, of the building or premises affected. Such service shall be accomplished either by delivering to and leaving with such individual or any person in charge of the building or premises a copy of the order or, in case such person is not found, by posting a copy thereof in a conspicuous place on the premises. The owner, lessee, occupant, person in charge, or agent of any of any such building or premises in violation must comply with such order or orders within 24 hours after service, unless an appeal is taken as provided hereinafter.
Any person aggrieved by such order may, within 24 hours after the order has been served, appeal to the Fire Chief or appointed designee. The Fire Chief or appointed designee shall thereupon issue such order as may be deemed right and reasonable and fix the time within which the same shall be complied with.
In addition to any other remedy, the Fire Prevention Inspector, together with workmen, may enter at any time any building or premises in the City for the purpose of eliminating a fire hazard. The costs and expenses of the elimination of fire hazards shall be recoverable from the owner or owners of such buildings or premises from which the hazards shall be eliminated, or from any person or persons causing the fire hazard, in the same manner as fines and penalties for violation of an ordinance.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
Where the Fire Prevention Inspector finds the existence of a fire hazard detrimental to life or health which has not been corrected within 24 hours after written notice, the Fire Prevention Inspector shall report such condition to the Board of Health of the City of Harrisburg, which shall take such action as deemed necessary. This procedure shall be additional to any other remedy granted in this chapter.
[Ord. No. 130-1968]
The Fire Chief, having the direction and control of the Bureau, may appoint a Master Mechanic and one or more Assistants. The Master Mechanic shall be charged with the responsibility for maintenance and repair of all motor or power equipment used by the Bureau of Fire. Master Mechanic assistants shall assist the Master Mechanic in his or her duties.
Appointments to the offices of Master Mechanic and Assistant Master Mechanic shall be made by the Mayor from a list of three eligible applicants certified by the Civil Service Commission.
No member of a volunteer fire company who is aged or infirm or who may be physically unfit to undertake the exacting and exhausting work of fighting fires and the risks and dangers incident thereto shall accompany the apparatus of the Bureau to a fire or, if present, shall assist in any such work.
Editor's Note: This section derives from Ord. No. 107-1931. Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).