Borough of Wilmerding, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wilmerding 3-6-1959 by Ord. No. 675 (Ch. 7, Part 1, of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Reimbursement for emergency services — See Ch. 20, Art. I.
Firemen's relief association — See Ch. 30.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 169, Art. I.
[Amended 4-2-1985 by Ord. No. 847; 11-14-1989 by Ord. No. 899]
There shall be and is hereby recognized a department known as the "Wilmerding Fire and Ambulance Department," which department shall consist of one Chief, one Assistant Chief, one Captain, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Lieutenants, one Secretary and such firemen and personnel as Council may deem necessary, not to exceed 45 members.
[Amended 11-14-1989 by Ord. No. 899]
A. 
On each even-numbered and/or reorganization year of Borough Council, the active members of the Wilmerding Fire and Ambulance Department shall submit one name to Borough Council that they recommend for Fire Chief and one that they recommend for Assistant Fire Chief, and Borough Council shall approve said recommendations or it shall disapprove the recommendations and return same to the Fire and Ambulance Department for reconsideration.
B. 
In like manner, the active members of the Fire and Ambulance Department shall submit for Council's approval their choice for the positions of Captain, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Lieutenant and Secretary.
C. 
All such terms of office shall terminate at the next succeeding reorganization year of Council.
[Added 11-14-1989 by Ord. No. 899]
Any amendments to or revisions to the Department's Constitution and Bylaws must be approved by a majority of Borough Council prior to taking effect. Any future constitutions or bylaws, likewise, are subject to approval of Council.
The duties of the Chief of the Fire and Ambulance Department shall include the following:
A. 
The Chief of the Fire and Ambulance Department shall have full control of all firemen when on duty and of all hoses, ladders, trucks, vehicles and apparatus belonging to the Department, subject to the direction and approval of Council. All equipment used by the Wilmerding Fire and Ambulance Department and stored in the Wilmerding Fire and Ambulance Department Quarters must be registered in the name of the Borough of Wilmerding. Any exception to this section must be approved by vote of Council.
B. 
The Fire Chief shall see that all orders and regulations of Council are strictly enforced and that discipline is maintained and observed by officers and men, and he shall have power in great emergencies to recruit such additional men as may be needed to extinguish any unusual fires.
C. 
The Chief of the Fire and Ambulance Department shall keep accurate record of the operation of the Department, the number of alarms of fire and the number of fires, names of firemen physically present at any fire, the total loss and insurance, so far as ascertained, and any special matter that he may deem advisable, and make a monthly report of same at each and every regular meeting of Council. The reports shall be open to inspection for members of Council at all times, and all such records shall remain the property of the Borough of Wilmerding.
D. 
He shall promptly report in writing to Council any incapacity, inefficiency, neglect of duty, disobedience or any other acts unbecoming a fireman, in which report he shall state the offense, the name of the offender, time and place of the offense, and its nature, briefly, and the names of persons by whom the facts in the case may be proven. The Chief shall have the power to suspend members of the Department until Council takes action on the charges preferred.
E. 
The Fire Chief shall make a monthly report to Council of the schedule of the work performed in connection with the Fire and Ambulance Department and fire apparatus, except fighting fires, and assign the personnel to perform such work. Compensation, if any, shall be set by Council.
F. 
The Fire Chief shall report all needed repairs and supplies to the proper committee. He shall have the power to make any necessary purchases, not exceeding in cost $5, and, with the approval of the proper committee, not exceeding $25.
G. 
It shall be the duty of the Fire Chief to see that the apparatus entrusted to his care and the buildings in which the same are stationed and all articles in or belonging to the same are kept neat and clean and in order for immediate use.
H. 
On the first day of February of each year, he shall make a complete inventory of all Borough property in his care and report the same, in writing, to Council at its next regular meeting.
I. 
The Fire Chief shall see that the premises in which a fire may have occurred are left in such a condition that it will not cause further damage to life and property and requesting help, if necessary, from the Chief of Police and the Police Department.
In the absence of the Fire Chief from duty from any cause, his duties shall devolve upon and be performed by the Assistant Fire Chief, and if he be absent, by the next available senior officer in the line.
[Amended 4-2-1985 by Ord. No. 847; 11-14-1989 by Ord. No. 899; 1-16-1996 by Ord. No. 945]
Every applicant to become a member of the Fire Department must not be less than 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the Borough of Wilmerding or an adjacent municipality, i.e., Wall, East McKeesport, North Versailles, Monroeville or Turtle Creek, and must have resided therein for a period of at least one year last preceding the filing of his or her application; provided, however, that the provision of this section shall not apply to applicants who are members or past members of the Department in good standing as of the date of their resignation from the Department and who shall thereafter apply and be reelected in such manner as to retain continuous membership in the Department. Public notice of vacancies existing on the Fire Department roster must be made to Council as vacancies occur. All applications are to be submitted to the Fire Department with a copy to the Fire Committee.
[Added 9-5-2000 by Ord. No. 973[1]]
Persons 16 and 17 years of age may be added to the roster of Wilmerding firefighters pursuant to the requirements of 43 P.S. § 40.7. Such statute is incorporated herein and all future amendments to such statute are automatically made part of this section. Such persons may participate only to the extent as allowed by law and under the specific limitations as therein set forth. Working papers shall be required of all participants.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Added 11-14-1989 by Ord. No. 899]
Each applicant for membership in the Fire and Ambulance Department must submit to, and pass, a physical examination prior to becoming a member of the Department. Such physical examination shall be paid for by the Borough and performed by a practicing physician as appointed by resolution of Council.
Any person who may hereafter be appointed a member of the Fire and Ambulance Department shall subscribe to and take the oath of office as such, viz., that he shall support the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Pennsylvania, and to the best of his knowledge and ability perform his duties, and said oath, duly signed and attested, shall be filed in the office of the Borough Secretary. All such accepted firemen shall attend all fires unless prevented by sickness or absence from the Borough. Any fireman who shall fail to respond to three consecutive fire alarms, unless prevented by some unavoidable cause, shall thereupon become automatically suspended from the Department. In case of any such suspension of a fireman, it shall be the duty of the Fire Chief to investigate and make a report, in writing, of the same to Council at its next regular meeting, at which time Council may reinstate or dismiss such firemen from membership in the Department.
No alcoholic or malt liquors shall be allowed in any building belonging to the Borough and occupied by the Department or at any fire. Gambling and profane language are prohibited. No member of the Department shall enter a tavern or other place where intoxicating liquors are sold while on duty, except in response to an alarm of fire.
[Added 11-14-1989 by Ord. No. 899]
Borough Council shall approve the Bylaws of the Fire Department.
[Amended 11-14-1989 by Ord. No. 899]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs or, in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.