City of Higginsville, MO
Lafayette County
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Cross References — Ambulance service, ch. 235; burning or permitting burning of trash prohibited, §245.140(D—E); false fire alarms, §215.130; regulation of fireworks, §§215.680 et seq.

Section 205.010 Determination of Total Department Personnel.

[R.O. 2009 §205.010; CC 1976 §12-1; R.O. 1954 §265; Ord. No. 797 §1, 7-6-1976]
The total personnel of the Fire Department and members shall be determined by the Chief of the Fire Department with the consent of the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen. All personnel of the Fire Department, including officers, shall have attained the minimum age of eighteen (18) years, and no one shall be older than sixty-five (65) years of age.

Section 205.020 Nomination, Election of Department Officers.

[R.O. 2009 §205.020; CC 1976 §12-2; R.O. 1954 §258]
The regularly organized fire company or companies of the City shall annually, at their regular April meeting, nominate a sober, discreet and competent person to act as Chief of the Fire Department for the ensuing year; and one sober, discreet and competent person to act as Assistant Chief of the Fire Department for the ensuing year or until their successors shall have been nominated and confirmed; but the persons so nominated as Chief and Assistant Chief of the Fire Department shall not enter upon the duties of their offices until such nominations shall have been concurred in by the Board of Aldermen at the first (1st) meeting of the said Board of Aldermen in the month of June thereafter; provided, that if for any cause the said fire company or companies shall fail to make such nomination, then the members of the Emergency Services Committee shall nominate and present to the Board of Aldermen the names of some suitable and competent persons to act as Chief and Assistant Chief of the Fire Department.

Section 205.030 Department Regulations and Meetings Authorized.

[R.O. 2009 §205.030; CC 1976 §12-3; R.O. 1954 §266 ]
The members of the Fire Department shall have the power to adopt such rules and regulations, and to create such offices and elect such officers as may be deemed necessary for the operation of the Fire Department and may hold monthly meetings for drills, instruction, etc.; provided, that no rules or regulations so adopted, or offices so created by said fire companies shall conflict with the rules of the Emergency Services Committee or the ordinances of the City.

Section 205.040 Powers, Duties of Chief Generally.

[R.O. 2009 §205.040; CC 1976 §12-4; R.O. 1954 §259]
A. 
The Chief shall have control of the Fire Department and shall exercise a constant supervision over the same.
B. 
He shall have general charge of all property of the City connected therewith, and shall take care that such property is kept in good condition and repair and ready for immediate use.
C. 
He shall give the fire trucks particular care and shall see to it that they are kept in good condition and repair and ready for immediate use at all times.
D. 
All disputes and controversies arising in relation to, or in any manner connected with the department, among any of its companies, officers or members when on duty, shall be summarily decided by the Chief.
E. 
He shall attend all fires in the City as far as practicable and all orders given by him/her to any company of Firemen, or members thereof, shall be promptly obeyed by such company or member.
F. 
He may order the removal of any building, erection, or fence for the purpose of checking the progress of any fire, and with the advice of the Mayor, or two (2) members of the Emergency Services Committee, shall have power to blow up, or cause to be blown up, with powder or other substance, any building or erection for the purpose of extinguishing or checking a fire; and further, he/she shall have power to use or cause to be used, water from any swimming pool, cistern or well for the purpose of checking or extinguishing a fire.

Section 205.050 Powers, Duties of Assistant Chief.

[R.O. 2009 §205.050; CC 1976 §12-5; R.O. 1954 §259]
The Assistant Chief shall render such assistance to the Chief as may be necessary in the discharge of his/her duties, and in the absence of said Chief, or in his/her disability to discharge his/her duties, the Assistant Chief shall assume the duties of the Chief.

Section 205.060 Acting Chief in Absence of Chief and Assistant.

[R.O. 2009 §205.060; CC 1976 §12-6; R.O. 1954 §259]
In case of the absence or disability of both the Chief and Assistant Chief the senior member of the Fire Department shall act as Chief.

Section 205.070 Police Authority of Chief and Assistant — Summoning Assistance — Cooperation By Police.

[R.O. 2009 §205.070; CC 1976 §12-7; R.O. 1954 §259]
The Chief and Assistant Chief, shall at all fires have the same police authority as is vested in the Chief of Police and may command such assistance from the inhabitants of the City for the suppression or extinguishment of fires as may be required; and it shall be the duty of the Chief of Police and Policemen to aid in carrying into effect the requirements of this Section.

Section 205.080 Compensation of Department Personnel.

[R.O. 1954 §260; CC 1976 §12-8; Ord. No. 723 §1, 1-7-1974; Ord. No. 796 §1, 7-6-1976; Ord. No. 1061 §1, 2-16-1981; Ord. No. 1597 §1, 1-23-1995; Ord. No. 1789 §1, 10-5-1998; Ord. No. 2519 §1, 9-23-2013]
The Chief of the Fire Department shall receive a salary of one hundred dollars ($100.00) per month. The Assistant Chief shall receive seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per month and shall assist in the care and maintenance of the fire trucks and equipment. The Secretary shall receive a salary of sixty dollars ($60.00) per month. Captains shall receive a salary of sixty dollars ($60.00) per month. The Training Officer shall receive a salary of forty dollars ($40.00) per month. The Safety Officer shall receive a salary of forty dollars ($40.00) per month. All members of the Fire Department shall receive the sum of fifteen dollars ($15.00) per call for all calls, and the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) per hour for all time over the first hour that may be necessary in completing their duties, as the case may be. Each member of the Fire Department shall receive the sum of twenty dollars ($20.00) for each regular monthly (drill and instructions) meeting that he or she may attend.

Section 205.090 Damaging Department Property.

[R.O. 2009 §205.090; CC 1976 §12-9; R.O. 1954 §263]
Any person who shall in any manner willfully injure, deface or destroy any apparatus or other property belonging to the Fire Department, shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and shall be liable to the City to the amount of such damage.

Section 205.100 Interfering With Department Vehicles.

[R.O. 2009 §205.100; CC 1976 §12-10; R.O. 1954 §264]
No person other than a member of the Fire Department, or person in charge of any vehicle in the use of said Fire Department, shall catch hold of, hold to, jump, or climb upon or in any way interfere with or molest any vehicle or appliance belonging to or temporarily in the use of the Fire Department, when said department is responding to an alarm of fire.

Section 205.110 Interfering With Firemen.

[R.O. 2009 §205.110; CC 1976 §12-11; R.O. 1954 §264]
No person shall in any way interfere with, hinder or delay any member of the Fire Department when responding to an alarm of fire, or interfere with any member of said Fire Department in the discharge of his/her duty.

Section 205.120 Interfering With Apparatus.

[R.O. 2009 §205.120; CC 1976 §12-12; R.O. 1954 §264]
No person shall molest the hose, nozzles, tools or appliances in the use of the Fire Department when at a fire or returning to their quarters therefrom.

Section 205.130 Mandatory Retirement Age For Firemen.

[R.O. 2009 §205.130; CC 1976 §12-15; R.O. 1954 §265]
All personnel of the Fire Department shall retire upon reaching the age of sixty-five (65) years.

Section 205.140 Drilling On Streets Authorized.

[R.O. 2009 §205.140; CC 1976 §12-16; R.O. 1954 §262]
Under the direction of the Chief the fire companies shall have the right to drill upon the streets and alleys as often as may be deemed necessary.