[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Westtown 4-26-1984 as Sec. II of Ord. No. 84-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in and for the Township of Westtown a Bureau of Fire Prevention, hereinafter called "Bureau," which shall operate under the direct supervision and control of the Board of Supervisors of Westtown Township, hereinafter called "the Board." Members of the Bureau shall serve without pay, but may be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses.
The Bureau shall be responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Fire Code and, in pursuance thereof, shall maintain active contact with all volunteer fire companies active within the geographical limitations of Westtown Township to assure the proper maintenance of fire prevention and control within the township. The Bureau shall not expend township funds without the expressed consent in writing of the Board.
Any person, or persons, appointed by the Board to membership on the Bureau shall serve a term of two years, upon such terms and conditions as the Board may from time to time decree.
The Bureau shall render a report to the Board no later than November 1 of each year, said report to contain a record of all proceedings by the Bureau in the enforcement and implementation of the Fire Code during the preceding 12 months. The report may also contain such statistics as the Bureau may wish to include therein.
If the Board shall fail to appoint members of the Bureau, the Board shall itself serve as the Bureau and shall delegate such duties of the Bureau as it may see fit to the Fire Marshal.
The Fire Marshal of Westtown Township, hereinafter called "Fire Marshal," shall be appointed by the Board upon adoption of this chapter and shall serve for such period and upon such terms and conditions as the Board shall direct. The Board may, from time to time, appoint an assistant or assistants to the Fire Marshal, upon recommendation of the Bureau, and said assistants shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Fire Marshal and his assistants shall be properly qualified to perform their duties and shall receive such compensation as the Board may, from time to time, direct.
The Fire Marshal shall be the chief enforcement officer of the Township Fire Code and have the power and responsibility of enforcing the Fire Code.
The Fire Marshal shall be responsible for the preparation and submission of such fire reports as may be required from time to time by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or any agency thereof, the County of Chester, or other governmental bodies or agencies thereof. Additionally, the Fire Marshal shall report in writing each month to the Board the conduct of the affairs of his office and shall submit to the Board such information as it may from time to time prescribe.
Nothing in this chapter or in the BOCA Basic Fire Prevention Code hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding pending in any court, nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this chapter.