City of Newburgh, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Newburgh as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Fire — See Charter, Art. XII.
Fire insurance claims — See Ch. 46.
Police Department — See Ch. 80.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 172.
Wood-burning stoves — See Ch. 257.
[Adopted 11-13-1967 (Ch. 7, Art. II, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Newburgh)]
[Amended 12-27-1977; 2-14-1984]
The personnel of the Fire Department shall consist of a Chief of the Fire Department, two Deputy Chiefs and such Assistant Chiefs, Captains, Lieutenants and firemen as the City Manager shall deem advisable, appointed by the City Manager in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Law of the State, and such call men as the City Manager may from time to time appoint.
It shall be the duty of the Chief of the Fire Department, under the general administrative supervision of the City Manager, to:
A. 
Plan and direct all fire-fighting and fire-prevention activities.
B. 
Be responsible for the instruction and training of recruits.
C. 
Maintain high standards of performance throughout the Department.
D. 
Keep such records, make such examinations and reports and perform such related duties as may be required by the City Manager.
It shall be the duty of the Deputy Chiefs of the Fire Department to:
A. 
Assist the Chief at all times in the performance of his duties.
B. 
Exercise, during the absence or disability of the Chief, all the powers and duties of the Chief of the Fire Department as enumerated in § 42-2 of this article, in order of their seniority as Deputy Chief or as otherwise designated by the Chief.
[Amended 2-14-1984; 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
It shall be the duty of each Assistant Chief of the Fire Department to direct the work of the Department on assigned shifts within the limits of departmental policy and instructions of the Chief.
It shall be the duty of each call man of the Fire Department to:
A. 
Answer all box alarms and regular drills.
B. 
Assist in the extinguishment of all fires under the direction and command of the officers of the Department and the officers of the unit to which he is attached.
C. 
Obey promptly and efficiently all orders and instructions of his superior officers while on duty.
D. 
Comply with the rules and regulations governing call men.
A. 
All officers and firemen shall be assigned to duties at the discretion of the Chief of the Fire Department.
B. 
The hours of duty of all officers and firemen shall be fixed by the Chief of the Fire Department, such hours of duty to be in conformance with all local and state laws and ordinances.
All members of the paid Fire Department shall receive such compensation as shall be fixed by local law or by the City Council. The City Council shall not set any compensation lower than any local or state law or ordinance.
A. 
Generally. Subject to the authority granted the City Manager by law, all paid firemen shall at all times be under the direct supervision and control of the officers of the Department and the paid officers of the unit to which they are attached.
B. 
Charges against firemen. The Captain of each unit, after first presenting the same to the Chief, shall prefer charges to the City Manager against any firemen assigned to his unit who may be guilty of insubordination, disobedience to orders or the violation of any rule, law or ordinance or regulation of the Department or who shall be intoxicated while on duty, and such Captain may, in his discretion, suspend such employee from duty until such charges are heard and a determination made thereon.
Any member or employee of the Fire Department who shall fail to perform his duty or who shall be guilty of disorderly conduct while on duty or of insubordination or disobedience to orders or who shall violate any law or ordinance or any rule or regulation of the Department may be suspended for a definite period or dismissed from the Department by the City Manager.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Secs. 7.29(b), which dealt with the right of appeal, and 7.30, which dealt with removal of Fire Department apparatus from the City, which immediately followed this section, were repealed 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988.
Each member of the Fire Department shall be issued a badge, which shall be worn as directed by the rules and regulations of the Department.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 7-31(b), which immediately followed this section and dealt with returning of badges, was repealed 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988.