[R.O. 2014 §203.010]
There is hereby established a Fire Department for the City, which shall consist of a Chief, Assistant Chief(s) and such organized volunteer Firemen as may be enrolled by the Chief with the consent of the Mayor.
[R.O. 2014 §203.020]
The Fire Department shall have charge of the fire apparatus and equipment and shall keep the same in good order for immediate use, and for more effectively protecting the Firemen in the discharge of their duties, shall as often as practicable thoroughly test the condition of the fire fighting apparatus and equipment. Upon arrival at any fire, the members present shall take all necessary and proper action to extinguish such fire as quickly as possible and with the least damage possible. The Department shall take all reasonable steps necessary under the circumstances to prevent the spread of the fire and damage to adjoining property. If there are two (2) serviceable fire trucks with adequate equipment, and a request is received for fire fighting equipment outside the City Limits, the Fire Chief, or Assistant Fire Chief(s), may determine whether to answer such request depending upon the road conditions, water supply, existence of mutual aid agreements, and other conditions at the time, and his/her decision shall be final. The decision of the Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief(s) shall in no way subject him/her to personal liability. In the event the Fire Department answers the call, it shall take only one (1) truck and not more than one-half (½) of the available members of the Department. The Board of Aldermen of the City of Marshfield will determine from time to time the charges for making a call outside the City Limits, which said charges shall take into consideration the amount of time, the value of equipment and supplies, and the number of Firemen involved in said call, as well as any direct expenses involved.
[R.O. 2014 §203.030]
The Chief of the Fire Department shall be appointed by the Mayor by and with the consent of the Board of Aldermen at the first (1st) regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen after each City election. The Chief shall hold office for a term of two (2) years until his/her successor is appointed and qualified. The Assistant Chief(s) shall be annually appointed by the Chief of the Fire Department and shall hold office for one (1) year until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
It shall be the duty of the Fire Chief to examine and report semi-annually to the Mayor the condition of the Department and its equipment, and to recommend such alterations and additions and changes as the Department may, in his/her judgment, require. The Fire Chief shall be directly responsible for direction of all members of the Fire Department and all activities of the Fire Department, and for the administration and co-ordination of Fire Department activities through supervision of subordinate Officers and through review of their activities. The Fire Chief shall make administrative and operational decisions pertaining to fire fighting, fire prevention standards, training and enforcement of laws, regulations and established policies and shall provide for the training and discipline of Fire Department personnel. The Fire Chief shall direct the preparation and ultimate analysis of fire records and reports to secure efficient operation to meet service demands and to comply with authorized requests for information regarding departmental activities and personnel. The Fire Chief shall be responsible for keeping abreast of modern fire fighting methods and administration and shall address civic and other groups concerning the activities and programs of the Fire Department. The Assistant Chief(s) shall perform all duties of the Chief in his/her absence, and shall perform all duties specifically assigned to him/her by the Chief.
[R.O. 2014 §203.040]
The Fire Chief shall have full power, control and command over all persons at a fire, excepting only City Police Officers on duty. He/she shall station the fire apparatus and see to it that all persons belonging to the Fire Department perform the duties required of them. It shall also be the duty of the Chief to direct at all fires such measures as he/she shall deem advisable for the extinguishment and control of such fires. The Chief and Assistant Chief(s) of the Fire Department of this City are acting Police Officers while on duty and have full authority to detain, direct or arrest any person who maliciously obstructs them in the service of their duty and to arrest any person who may be pilfering, carrying away or stealing anything in the time of fire, storms, tornados and floods.
[R.O. 2014 §203.050; Ord. No. 631 §1, 11-12-1992]
Under the authority set forth in Section 70.872 RSMo., the Chief of the Marshfield Fire Department, or his/her designated representative in his/her absence, and the Chief of the Marshfield Police Department, or his/her designated representative in his/her absence, may authorize the Marshfield Fire Department and the Marshfield Police Department, respectively, to respond and provide assistance as requested in any mutual aid or emergency aid request.