City of Bowling Green, MO
Pike County
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[CC 1996 §205.010; CC 1977 §70.010; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
There is hereby created a Fire Department in the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, for general fire protection and for safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens in case of fire, to be officered and managed by a Fire Chief and Deputies as hereinafter provided.
[CC 1996 §205.020; CC 1977 §70.020; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
The Mayor, with consent and approval of a majority of the members elected to the Board of Aldermen, shall appoint some suitable person to the office of Chief of the Fire Department; said appointment to be made at the same time and in the same manner as other appointive officers of the City and, unless sooner removed, shall hold his/her office for the term of two (2) years or until his/her successor is appointed and qualified. No person shall be appointed to the office of Chief of the Fire Department who shall not, at the time of his/her appointment, be a qualified voter under the laws of the State of Missouri. Before entering upon the duties of his/her office, he/she shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation required of other City Officers.
[CC 1996 §205.030; CC 1977 §70.030; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
A. 
The Chief of the Fire Department shall be the legal custodian of the fire truck, hose, ladders and any other apparatus or equipment belonging to the City and it shall be his/her duty to constantly keep all such equipment clean, in thorough repair and at all times be ready for action.
B. 
He/she shall prepare and update needed fire plans for emergencies. It shall be the responsibility of the Chief of the Fire Department to prepare or have prepared all reports, training schedules, attendance logs or other records and to have them filed with the City Clerk.
[CC 1996 §205.040; CC 1977 §70.040; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000; Ord. No. 1877, 7-16-2018]
A. 
The Chief of the Fire Department, upon entering upon the duties of his/her office, shall, by and with the consent of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, appoint up to five (5) officers, Assistant Chief, 1st Captain, 2nd Captain, 1st Lieutenant and 2nd Lieutenant who shall assist him/her in the performance of his/her duties at fires, who shall rank in order of appointment as assistants, one (1) being the Assistant Chief, then Captains and then Lieutenants who shall whenever necessary in the absence of the Chief perform all the duties of the Chief of the Fire Department.
B. 
Responsibilities of the Officers shall be as follows:
Assistant Chief shall be capable of filling the role of any officer of the department. When the Assistant Chief is the highest-ranking officer on the scene of an incident, he/she shall be responsible to complete the Incident Report immediately following the mitigation of any incident. The Assistant Chief shall be the public liaison for the Knox Box™ program in the City. This officer will be registered with Knox Company and capable of assisting the public in purchasing and locking/unlocking of the Knox Box™. The Assistant Chief shall serve as the representative to the Fire Department for any meetings, events or tasks that the Chief delegates to the Assistant Chief or that the Chief is unable to attend. The Assistant Chief shall be responsible for assisting in the research, writing, and implementation of Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's). The Assistant Chief shall be responsible to complete any and all other tasks assigned to him/her by the Chief.
1st Captain shall be capable of filling the role of any officer of equal or lesser rank and shall be capable of filling the role of the Chief in his/her absence. When the 1st Captain is the highest-ranking officer on the scene of an incident, he/she shall be responsible to complete the Incident Report immediately following the mitigation of any incident. The 1st Captain shall be responsible for all apparatus and equipment inspections and maintenance, scheduling apparatus for service when requited, completing any service that is requited on his/her own to the satisfaction and standard of the Chief and the department. The 1st Captain shall be responsible to log all maintenance and repairs in the apparatus logs. 1st Captain shall be responsible for assisting in the research, writing, and implementation of Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's). The 1st Captain shall be responsible to complete any and all other tasks assigned to him/her by the Chief or Assistant Chief.
2nd Captain shall be capable of filling the role of any officer of equal or lesser rank and shall be capable of filling the role of the Chief in his/her absence. When the 2nd Captain is the highest-ranking officer on the scene of an incident, he/she shall be responsible to complete the Incident Report immediately following the mitigation of any incident. The 2nd Captain shall be responsible for all Public Relations (PR) events. Duties, include, but are not limited to, scheduling PR, recruiting firefighters to complete PR, and ensuring PR is carried out in a manner that positively promotes and represents the Fire Department · The 2nd Captain shall be responsible for assisting in the research, writing, and implementation of Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's). The 2nd Captain shall be responsible to complete any and all other tasks assigned to him/her by the Chief or Assistant Chief.
Despite being assigned a title of "1st Captain"; and "2nd Captain," both Captains shall be of equal rank.
1st Lieutenant shall be capable of filling the role of equal or lesser rank and shall be capable of filling the role of the Chief in his/her absence. When the 1st Lieutenant is the highest-ranking officer on the scene of an incident, he/she shall be responsible to complete the Incident Report immediately following the mitigation of any incident. The 1st Lieutenant shall be responsible for department training and safety. Duties include but are not limited to; planning, scheduling, and ensuring that monthly training is carried out in an appropriate manner that ensures safe and effective training of all members of the department on a regular basis. All training events shall be documented by the 1st Lieutenant The 1st Lieutenant shall be responsible for assisting in the research, writing; and implementation of Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's). The 1st Lieutenant shall be responsible to complete any and all other tasks assigned to him/her by the Chief, Assistant Chief, or Captains.
2nd Lieutenant shall be capable of filling the role of equal or lesser rank and shall be capable of filling the role of the Chief in his/her absence. When the 2nd Lieutenant is the highest-ranking officer on the scene of an incident, he/she shall be responsible to complete the Incident Report immediately following the mitigation of arty incident. The 2nd Lieutenant shall be responsible for Department training and safety. Duties include but are not limited to; planning, scheduling and ensuring that monthly training is carried out in an appropriate manner that ensures safe and effective training of all members of the department on a regular basis. All training events shall be documented by the 2nd Lieutenant. The 2nd Lieutenant shall be responsible for assisting in the research, writing, and implementation of Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's). The 2nd Lieutenant shall be responsible to complete any and all other tasks assigned to him/her by the Chief, Assistant Chief, or Captains.
Despite being assigned a title of "1st Lieutenant" and "2nd Lieutenant," both Lieutenants shall be of equal rank.
C. 
The Chief is not required to appoint all of the officer positions within the department. The appointments are at the discretion of the Chief and the consent of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
[CC 1996 §205.050; CC 1977 §70.050; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000; Ord. No. 1707 §§I, III, 11-19-2012]
During the progress of a fire, the Chief of the Fire Department and his/her officers shall have sole control of the fire scene, fire truck and other fire apparatus of the City and shall have the power to call to his/her aid and assistance in fighting and controlling any fire every able-bodied citizen of the City present between the ages of eighteen (18) and fifty (50) years of age.
[CC 1996 §205.060; CC 1977 §70.060; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000; Ord. No. 1205 §I, 2-26-2001; Ord. No. 1749 §§I, III, 3-17-2014]
Able-bodied citizens having all the qualifications heretofore prescribed for the Chief of the Fire Department to the number of not to exceed twenty (20) may be enlisted by the Chief as members of the Fire Department and shall, after enlistment, regularly attend regularly scheduled training sessions and sign roll of attendance at fire calls, a duplicate of which shall be filed with the Clerk of the City and shall be revised and corrected each month, hold their positions during the term of said Chief unless sooner discharged by him/her; provided, however, that every able-bodied citizen between the age of eighteen (18) and fifty (50) years of age present at any fire in the City limits shall be subject and obedient to the orders of the Chief of the Fire Department and his/her regular Deputies in crowd control and in the removal and protection of property, and in case any such person shall refuse to obey such orders, he/she shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00). An employee of the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, may be a member of the Fire Department upon approval of the City Administrator, in writing, in consultation with the employee's department head and Fire Chief. City employees who are called away from their regular City service to respond to duty as a volunteer firefighter shall be paid at their regular rate of compensation for such absence.
[CC 1996 §205.061; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
Applicants shall submit an application to become a member of the Fire Department to the Fire Chief, which shall be submitted to and reviewed by the City Administrator for approval. Applicants shall be approved based on applicants meeting the required qualifications. Eligible applicants shall be eighteen (18) years of age and older, available to attend fire calls and training sessions and shall have a valid Missouri driver's license as required.
[CC 1996 §205.062; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
A. 
Any member resigning from the Fire Department shall notify the Chief in writing and shall return all equipment of the City to the Chief or his/her designee.
B. 
Members may be dismissed by the Mayor, City Administrator or Fire Chief for the following:
1. 
Violation of City ordinances and absenteeism from regular or training session of twenty-five percent (25%) or more during a calendar year unless excused by the Chief or being absent from emergency calls of more than fifty percent (50%) for the calendar year without being excused by the Chief or other just cause. If being dismissed, member shall be notified in writing of dismissal and shall return all City-owned equipment and property in their possession immediately.
[CC 1996 §205.063; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000; Ord. No. 1877, 7-16-2018]
A. 
There shall he established two (2) regular meetings per month for the purpose of training, business and equipment maintenance. Meetings shall start at 7:00 P.M. unless otherwise arranged by the Fire Chief. Attendees shall sign an attendance record to be presented to the City for payment of attendance. Meetings shall not be held to a minimum or maximum period, rather will continue until all training, business, or equipment maintenance is complete to the satisfaction of the Fire Chief or highest-ranking officer present.
B. 
There shall be established a maximum of twelve (12) work sessions per fiscal year for the purpose of training, business, equipment maintenance, business/facility pre-plans and inspections, or any other tasks deemed necessary by the Fire Chief. Work sessions will be scheduled as needed by the Fire Chief and communicated to the other members of the Fire Department. Work sessions shall be limited to two (2) hours minimum and three (3) hours maximum per work session. Members must be present for the entire duration of the work session to receive compensation.
[CC 1996 §205.064; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
Every member of the Fire Department responding to a fire call shall respond with proper bunker gear before engaging in fire fighting activities or emergency situations, failure to do so will not be considered as attendance.
[CC 1996 §205.065; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000; Ord. No. 1445 §§I — II, 9-20-2004; Ord. No. 1877, 7-16-2018]
A. 
Compensation of members shall be established for meetings, work sessions, response to incidents, and officer's salaries. Compensation shall be paid on attendance by members for meetings, work sessions, and response to incidents. Members must be present for the entire duration of any meeting, work session, or incident to receive compensation.
1. 
The Chief of the Fire Department shall receive a monthly salary of four hundred dollars ($400.00).
2. 
The Assistant Chief of the Fire Department shall receive a monthly salary of one hundred dollars ($100.00).
3. 
The Captains of the Fire Department shall receive a monthly salary of seventy-five dollars ($75.00).
4. 
Members that attend regular meetings of the Fire Department shall be compensated twenty dollars ($20.00). Each member shall be present for the entire meeting to receive compensation.
5. 
Members that attend work sessions of the Fire Department shall be compensated forty dollars ($40.00). Each member shall be present for the entire work session to receive compensation.
6. 
Members that respond to incidents shall receive for the first (1st) hour twenty dollars ($20.00) and for every hour thereafter shall receive ten dollars ($10.00) per hour. Each member shall be present for the entire incident to receive compensation.
[CC 1996 §205.070; CC 1977 §70.080; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
It shall be unlawful for any person in any manner to willfully destroy or deface any fire truck, hose, equipment or any other property belonging to the Fire Department.
[CC 1996 §205.080; Ord. No. 1015 §II, 6-12-1997; Ord. No. 1144 §I, 5-15-2000]
A. 
In accordance with Section 67.318, RSMo., the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, does hereby require all residence and commercial businesses within the City limits of the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, to conspicuously post upon their premises their "911" addresses so that providers of fire protection and other emergency services may better find the proper location when responding to an emergency call.
B. 
The Bowling Green Fire Department, pursuant to State Statute, is empowered to enforce the provisions of this Section. All persons in violation thereof, except a grace period for a first (1st) time violator of the Section, shall be allowed granting any such violator fifteen (15) days to comply with this Section after being notified, either in writing or orally, by any City Official or Fire Department personnel before any fine shall be imposed.
[Ord. No. 1159 §I, 7-10-2000]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any member of the Fire Department to be found in a state of intoxication at any fire or to be in possession of or consume any intoxicating liquor in the fire station, on City owned fire equipment or while on any fire call.
1. 
"State of Intoxication", for purposes of this Section, shall mean a blood alcohol content in excess of one-tenth percent (.1%) or more by weight of alcohol in his/her blood or is determined by the Fire Chief or assistant Fire Chief to be intoxicated to the extent of being impaired from fully and capably being able to perform the duties of a fireman with safety to himself/herself and others.
2. 
All violations of this Section shall be reported by the Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief to the Mayor within seventy-two (72) hours of its occurrence.
3. 
Any member of the Fire Department found to be in violation of this Section shall be subject to termination as a member of the Bowling Green Fire Department by the Mayor.
4. 
Any member terminated from being a member of the Bowling Green Fire Department for violation of the provisions of this Section shall be ineligible to be a member of the Bowling Green Fire Department for a period of five (5) years.
[Ord. No. 1877, 7-16-2018]
The Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's) of the Bowling Green Fire Department shall be available, known and utilized by all members of the Fire Department.
[Ord. No. 1128 §I, 11-8-1999]
The Mayor, City Clerk, Fire Chief or other appropriate City Officials are hereby authorized, permitted and directed to enter into reciprocal agreements with neighboring Cities to include Clarksville, Louisiana, Vandalia and Frankford which have organized Fire Departments and such other Cities from time to time as they may deem advisable and beneficial to the City for purposes of reciprocal first responder duties whenever aid and assistance may be required to combat the danger of loss of life or property by fire or other cause in the discretion of the Fire Chief of the City of Bowling Green.