[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Braintree 5-18-2010 by Ord. No. 09-053. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Fire Department shall consist of the Chief and as many Deputy Chiefs, Captains, Lieutenants and firefighters as are deemed necessary by the Mayor, after consulting with the Fire Chief. The Mayor shall appoint the Fire Chief, and all other firefighters, Lieutenants and Captains shall be appointed by the Fire Chief with the consent of the Mayor.
The Fire Chief shall have full charge of extinguishing fires and the protection of life and property in case of fire. The Chief shall have absolute command over all members of the Fire Department and of other persons present at a fire.
The Fire Chief shall be in immediate control of all Town property used by the Fire Department in extinguishing fires and shall direct and supervise all firefighters and subordinates.
Except as otherwise limited by the Charter and this chapter, the Fire Chief shall oversee the administration of the Fire Department and shall, subject to the approval of the Mayor, make all rules and regulations for its operation.
The Fire Chief shall be responsible for the discipline and proper conduct of the firefighters and officers of the Fire Department and shall be in control of the several fire stations and apparatus.
The Fire Chief shall annually submit to the Mayor a detailed report of the condition of the Fire Department, including its stations and apparatus. The report shall include detail of all fires, losses and accidents by fires, noting the determined causes of each fire, if such cause can be ascertained, a description of the buildings and other property damaged or destroyed by fire, the status of insurance coverage, and the names of the property owners.
The Fire Chief shall have full charge of the operation of the fire alarm signal system and shall assign such members of the Fire Department to test, monitor and oversee the system.
No fire apparatus shall be taken out of the Town without the permission of the Fire Chief or his/her designee, except pursuant to an existing mutual aid agreement or for repairs of the apparatus.
Subject to the approval of the Mayor, the Fire Chief shall set fees for all licenses, permits, and inspections to be procured from or conducted by the Fire Department. All fees established by the Fire Chief shall be consistent with state law.
Any fees or regulations established by the Fire Chief pursuant to this chapter shall be posted on a bulletin board at each fire station, on a bulletin board at Town Hall, on the Town's official website, and shall be published once in a newspaper in general circulation within the Town.