Article I General Provisions
Article II Reciprocal Agreement
[CC 1996 §205.010; CC 1977 §70.010; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
There is hereby created a Fire Department in the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, for general fire protection and for safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens in case of fire, to be officered and managed by a Fire Chief and Deputies as hereinafter provided.
[CC 1996 §205.020; CC 1977 §70.020; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
The Mayor, with consent and approval of a majority of the members elected to the Board of Aldermen, shall appoint some suitable person to the office of Chief of the Fire Department; said appointment to be made at the same time and in the same manner as other appointive officers of the City and, unless sooner removed, shall hold his/her office for the term of two (2) years or until his/her successor is appointed and qualified. No person shall be appointed to the office of Chief of the Fire Department who shall not, at the time of his/her appointment, be a qualified voter under the laws of the State of Missouri. Before entering upon the duties of his/her office, he/she shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation required of other City Officers.
[CC 1996 §205.030; CC 1977 §70.030; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
The Chief of the Fire Department shall be the legal custodian of the fire truck, hose, ladders and any other apparatus or equipment belonging to the City and it shall be his/her duty to constantly keep all such equipment clean, in thorough repair and at all times be ready for action.
He/she shall prepare and update needed fire plans for emergencies. It shall be the responsibility of the Chief of the Fire Department to prepare or have prepared all reports, training schedules, attendance logs or other records and to have them filed with the City Clerk.
[CC 1996 §205.040; CC 1977 §70.040; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
The Chief of the Fire Department, upon entering upon the duties of his/her office, shall, by and with the consent of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, appoint three (3) officers, Assistant Chief, Captain and First Lieutenant, who shall assist him/her in the performance of his/her duties at fires, who shall rank in order of appointment as assistants, one (1) being the Assistant Chief, then Captain and then First Lieutenant, who shall whenever necessary in the absence of the Chief perform all the duties of the Chief of the Fire Department.
[CC 1996 §205.050; CC 1977 §70.050; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000; Ord. No. 1707 §§I, III, 11-19-2012]
During the progress of a fire, the Chief of the Fire Department and his/her officers shall have sole control of the fire scene, fire truck and other fire apparatus of the City and shall have the power to call to his/her aid and assistance in fighting and controlling any fire every able-bodied citizen of the City present between the ages of eighteen (18) and fifty (50) years of age.
[CC 1996 §205.060; CC 1977 §70.060; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000; Ord. No. 1205 §I, 2-26-2001; Ord. No. 1749 §§I, III, 3-17-2014]
Able-bodied citizens having all the qualifications heretofore prescribed for the Chief of the Fire Department to the number of not to exceed twenty (20) may be enlisted by the Chief as members of the Fire Department and shall, after enlistment, regularly attend regularly scheduled training sessions and sign roll of attendance at fire calls, a duplicate of which shall be filed with the Clerk of the City and shall be revised and corrected each month, hold their positions during the term of said Chief unless sooner discharged by him/her; provided, however, that every able-bodied citizen between the age of eighteen (18) and fifty (50) years of age present at any fire in the City limits shall be subject and obedient to the orders of the Chief of the Fire Department and his/her regular Deputies in crowd control and in the removal and protection of property, and in case any such person shall refuse to obey such orders, he/she shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00). An employee of the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, may be a member of the Fire Department upon approval of the City Administrator, in writing, in consultation with the employee's department head and Fire Chief. City employees who are called away from their regular City service to respond to duty as a volunteer firefighter shall be paid at their regular rate of compensation for such absence.
[CC 1996 §205.061; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
Applicants shall submit an application to become a member of the Fire Department to the Fire Chief, which shall be submitted to and reviewed by the City Administrator for approval. Applicants shall be approved based on applicants meeting the required qualifications. Eligible applicants shall be eighteen (18) years of age and older, available to attend fire calls and training sessions and shall have a valid Missouri driver's license as required.
[CC 1996 §205.062; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
Any member resigning from the Fire Department shall notify the Chief in writing and shall return all equipment of the City to the Chief or his/her designee.
Members may be dismissed by the Mayor, City Administrator or Fire Chief for the following:
Violation of City ordinances and absenteeism from regular or training session of twenty-five percent (25%) or more during a calendar year unless excused by the Chief or being absent from emergency calls of more than fifty percent (50%) for the calendar year without being excused by the Chief or other just cause. If being dismissed, member shall be notified in writing of dismissal and shall return all City-owned equipment and property in their possession immediately.
[CC 1996 §205.063; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
There shall be established two (2) regular meetings per month for the purpose of training, business and equipment maintenance. Training meetings shall be held on the first (1st) Wednesday of each month, regular meetings shall be held on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month. Meetings shall start at 7:00 P.M. Attendees shall sign an attendance record to be presented to the City for payment of attendance.
[CC 1996 §205.064; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
Every member of the Fire Department responding to a fire call shall respond with proper bunker gear before engaging in fire fighting activities or emergency situations, failure to do so will not be considered as attendance.
[CC 1996 §205.065; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000; Ord. No. 1445 §§I — II, 9-20-2004]
Compensation of members shall be established for meetings and response calls and paid on attendance by members. There shall be no provision for compensation to any officer or member for non-attendance.
The Chief of the Fire Department shall receive a monthly salary of four hundred dollars ($400.00). Regular meetings for all members shall be twenty dollars ($20.00) per meeting.
For response calls, members shall receive for the first (1st) hour twenty dollars ($20.00) and for every hour thereafter shall receive ten dollars ($10.00) per hour.
[CC 1996 §205.070; CC 1977 §70.080; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
It shall be unlawful for any person in any manner to willfully destroy or deface any fire truck, hose, equipment or any other property belonging to the Fire Department.
[CC 1996 §205.080; Ord. No. 1015 §II, 6-12-1997; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
In accordance with Section 67.318, RSMo., the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, does hereby require all residence and commercial businesses within the City limits of the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, to conspicuously post upon their premises their "911" addresses so that providers of fire protection and other emergency services may better find the proper location when responding to an emergency call.
The Bowling Green Fire Department, pursuant to State Statute, is empowered to enforce the provisions of this Section. All persons in violation thereof, except a grace period for a first (1st) time violator of the Section, shall be allowed granting any such violator fifteen (15) days to comply with this Section after being notified, either in writing or orally, by any City Official or Fire Department personnel before any fine shall be imposed.
[Ord. No. 1159 §I, 7-10-2000]
It shall be unlawful for any member of the Fire Department to be found in a state of intoxication at any fire or to be in possession of or consume any intoxicating liquor in the fire station, on City owned fire equipment or while on any fire call.
"State of Intoxication", for purposes of this Section, shall mean a blood alcohol content in excess of one-tenth percent (.1%) or more by weight of alcohol in his/her blood or is determined by the Fire Chief or assistant Fire Chief to be intoxicated to the extent of being impaired from fully and capably being able to perform the duties of a fireman with safety to himself/herself and others.
All violations of this Section shall be reported by the Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief to the Mayor within seventy-two (72) hours of its occurrence.
Any member of the Fire Department found to be in violation of this Section shall be subject to termination as a member of the Bowling Green Fire Department by the Mayor.
Any member terminated from being a member of the Bowling Green Fire Department for violation of the provisions of this Section shall be ineligible to be a member of the Bowling Green Fire Department for a period of five (5) years.
[Ord. No. 1128 §I, 11-8-1999]
The Mayor, City Clerk, Fire Chief or other appropriate City Officials are hereby authorized, permitted and directed to enter into reciprocal agreements with neighboring Cities to include Clarksville, Louisiana, Vandalia and Frankford which have organized Fire Departments and such other Cities from time to time as they may deem advisable and beneficial to the City for purposes of reciprocal first responder duties whenever aid and assistance may be required to combat the danger of loss of life or property by fire or other cause in the discretion of the Fire Chief of the City of Bowling Green.