[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Irvington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Fire Department in the Village of Irvington for the prevention and extinguishment of fires. There shall be in the Fire Department a Chief Engineer, one or more Assistant Engineers, one or more hose companies, and one or more hook-and-ladder companies.
Each company shall be composed of the number of able-bodied firemen, as provided by law, who shall be inhabitants of the Village. Each company shall elect from its members, a Foreman, comply with all of the laws applicable to them, and it may prescribe proper bylaws and rules for its government, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. The members of the entire Fire Department may nominate candidates for Chief Engineer, for Assistant Engineer or Engineers, and for new members, and certify the same to the Board of Trustees. The Foreman of each company shall obey the orders of the Chief Engineer, or his Assistants, who in turn shall take orders for the Department from the Board of Trustees, preserve order and discipline in his company at all times, see that the hose, ladders, trucks and carriages are kept in proper order, the firehouse at all times in order, and the apparatus ready for use. In case of any required supplies, or any damage to the hose or apparatus or other article, or necessary repair of any article in any company, the Foreman of such company shall report the same to the Chief Engineer who shall investigate the matter, and thereupon report the same with his recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
[Amended 8-18-2003 by L.L. No. 20-2003]
Fire hydrants shall be opened only by members of the Fire Department in the discharge of their duty for the extinguishment of fires except by order of the Board of Trustees. Hydrants to be used for street sprinkling purposes shall be opened by properly authorized persons. No unauthorized person shall be allowed to open any hydrant, gate, valve, stop or blow cock, or to place any obstruction on or about them. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be liable to pay a penalty for each and every offense. The penalty shall be as set from time to time by the Board of Trustees.
The Chief Engineer and the Assistants shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the members of the several companies or a majority of them as herein provided, and shall have authority over and control of the Fire Department, and power at all fires to order and direct the placing of the apparatus and shall give such orders to the Foreman or officers in charge of the company as he or they may deem necessary for the extinguishment of fire, the orders of the Chief Engineer to be paramount when he shall be in personal charge of the fire. The Chief Engineer shall promptly investigate the cause and origin of all fires in the Village and report the same to the President or to the Board of Trustees.
Editor's Note: This article is based upon authority conferred by Ch. 332 of the Laws of 1931.
The Fire Department of the Village of Irvington and its component company or companies, subject to the provisions of § 209 of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, may upon authorization by the Chief Engineer, or in his absence from the Village by the acting Chief Engineer, respond to an alarm for aid from, and may proceed to, another city, village, town or fire district, or territory outside of a city, village, town or fire district, for the purpose of assisting in extinguishing a fire or fires therein, and while in the performance of their duties in extending such aid, the members of the Irvington Fire Department shall have the same immunities and privileges as if performing the same within the Village of Irvington.