[Amended in its entirety 1-8-2018 by Ord. No. 02-18]
The purpose of this chapter is to recognize and establish the Kittery Fire Department as the municipal firefighting unit within the Town pursuant to 30-A M.R.S. § 3151, and to vest the Fire Department with all the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of a municipal fire department as created under said statute.
The Fire Department is established as the organized firefighting unit for the Town for the principal purpose of preventing and extinguishing fires and related activities as provided by 30-A M.R.S. § 3151.
The Fire Chief is the administrative head of the Fire Department and is responsible for the management of the department. The duties and scope of employment of the Fire Chief are as defined in the Personnel Code. The Fire Chief is appointed by and is directly accountable to the Town Manager. In addition, the Fire Chief is responsible for promulgating and enforcing rules, policies and regulations of the Fire Department. In addition to all other duties and responsibilities, the Fire Chief prepares the annual budget in a manner and form as the Manager deems desirable or the Council requires consistent with the Town charter.
All rights, claims, actions, contracts, mutual aid agreements and other legal or administrative proceedings taken by or affecting the Fire Department in its said capacity and all Town ordinances, resolutions, orders and regulations adopted by the Town and the policies, rules and regulations of Fire Department remain in full force and effect and are adopted, ratified and become incorporated into and binding on the Fire Department as herein established as if the same were repeated and fully set forth and incorporated by reference herein. In addition, the Fire Department has all rights, obligations and legal authority consistent with the Town charter and state statutes.
Editor’s Note: Former § 2.2.5, Election of Fire Department officers, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 1-28-2019 by Ord. No. 19-03.