[Added 9-14-1987 by L.L. No. 4-1987]
There shall be a Department of Fire headed by the Fire Chief and including the Bureau of Fire, the Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Bureau of Code Compliance.
[Added 9-14-1987 by L.L. No. 4-1987]
The Fire Chief as the head of the Department of Fire shall have supervision and control of the Bureau of Fire, the Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Bureau of Code Compliance. He shall also have such other functions and duties as may be assigned by the City Manager.
[Added 10-13-1981 by L.L. No. 7-1981]
There shall be a Bureau of Code Compliance headed by the Code Compliance Supervisor, who shall be under the direct supervision of the Fire Chief. The offices of the Building Inspector and the Plumbing Inspector shall be within the Bureau of Code Compliance.
Editor's Note: Former Secs. 12.05 and 12.08, as amended, which immediately followed this section and dealt with the authority of the Police Commissioner and subordinate officers and minimum salaries in the Police Department, were repealed 2-24-1975 by L.L. No. 2-1975.
[Added 11-5-1963; amended 9-14-1987 by L.L. No. 4-1987]
The Council shall, by ordinance, determine and regulate the compensation of all personnel of the Fire Department, except as otherwise provided by law.
Any member of the Fire Department shall, while serving in an acting capacity in a grade or position above that regularly held by such a member, be entitled to receive the same minimum compensation as that provided for the position or grade in which he is so acting.
The Police and Fire Departments shall, as to their membership and component parts, remain as now constituted until the same shall be changed by action of the Council. The Council has power at all times by ordinance to determine the number of officers and members of each of said Departments and the classes and grades into which they shall be divided and may pass ordinances not inconsistent with law for the government of Police, Fire and Health Departments and regulating the powers and duties of their officers and members. Members of the Fire Department shall continue to be elected by the several companies composing the Fire Department of said City in the manner provided by the bylaws and rules of said companies and in existing ordinances of the City.
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 12.12, which immediately followed this section, was renumbered as Sec. 11.17 by L.L. No. 3-1975, adopted 2-24-1975. Former Sec. 12.13, which dealt with the City Manager's authority to delegate his power of appointment and was derived from L.L. No. 3-1972, adopted 12-11-1972, was repealed 2-24-1975 by L.L. No. 2-1975.
[Added 3-28-1988 by L.L. No. 3-1988]
Members of the Fire Department are public servants and as such shall have the power to enforce all the laws, ordinances and regulations of the City and the state pertaining to fire prevention and fire safety, including those sections of the Vehicle and Traffic Law regulating parking in the vicinity of a fire station, parking in the vicinity of a fire hydrant, following or parking in the vicinity of emergency fire vehicles, crossing of a fire hose and parking in a designated fire lane. For this purpose, they are authorized to issue and serve legal process as defined by the laws of the state for violations of the aforesaid laws, ordinances and regulations, including the authority to issue and serve appearance tickets as defined by the Criminal Procedure Law. The City Manager shall designate those members of the Fire Department who shall exercise this function and shall have the authority to make regulations governing its exercise.
No member of the Police or Fire Department shall be liable to military or jury duty or to arrest on criminal or civil process while on duty.
Editor's Note: Former Secs. 12.16, 12.18 and 12.20, which immediately followed this section, were renumbered as Secs. 11.14, 11.15 and 11.16, respectively, by L.L. No. 3-1975, adopted 2-24-1975. Former Sec. 12.31, which dealt with the powers, functions and duties of the Health Officer, was repealed 9-14-1987 by L.L. No. 4-1987.
[Amended 9-14-1987 by L.L. No. 4-1987]
The Building Inspector shall pass upon all plans and specifications for buildings or other structures to be erected within the City. He shall not approve any such plans or specifications unless they shall comply in all respects with the ordinances of the City relating thereto. He shall generally inspect all buildings and other structures erected in the City during the course of their construction. He shall have power summarily to stop the construction of any building or structure which is not being constructed in accordance with the ordinances of the City relating thereto and shall have the power summarily to cause the removal of any building or other structure or portion thereof which, because of a violation of the ordinances of the City relating thereto, he deems unsafe.
The Plumbing Inspector, when required, shall assist the Building Inspector in the examination and approval of plans and specifications filed with him in relation to the plumbing provided for in such plans and specifications. He shall inspect all plumbing in new buildings before the same is used, and the same shall not be used until his permit therefor is given. He may require the installation of new plumbing in any building or structure within the City, the plumbing of which does not conform to the ordinances of the City relating thereto. He shall have all the powers in relation to plumbing in buildings and structures within the City herein granted to the Building Inspector in relation to buildings and structures therein.
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 12.60, which immediately followed this section and was added 9-22-1980 by L.L. No. 6-1980 and dealt with the power of the City Manager to authorize the issuance of appearance tickets, was renumbered as § C3-94B by L.L. No. 4-1987, adopted 9-14-1987. Former Sec. 12.80, which dealt with the duties, functions and powers of the Sealer of Weights and Measures, was deleted 3-25-1974 by L.L. No. 2-1974.