[Adopted 8-24-1993 by Ord. No. 1557]
The City of Clairton hereby recognizes the Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association, which has been organized by residents of the City and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under Articles of Incorporation which were filed with and approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on April 25, 1988.
The Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association (hereinafter "Fire Department") is authorized to provide such services within and for the City as may be necessary for the protection of persons and property situate therein, which shall include but not be limited to the extinguishing of fires and the prevention of injury, loss of life and property from fire, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents and other dangerous situations. In addition, said Fire Department is hereby given all power, so far as the City of Clairton has power to grant the same, to enact such rules and regulations for the management and government of individual members thereof as shall be necessary for the proper maintenance and control of said Fire Department. Neither the grant of the aforesaid power nor the recognition set forth above shall be construed as constituting the Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association as an agent, department or employee of the City except insofar as such effect is provided under the provisions of the Act of June 2, 1915, P.L. 736, No. 338, known as the "Pennsylvania Workmen's Compensation Act," or the Act of November 26, 1978, P.L. 1399, No. 330, known as the "Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act." Copies of duly enacted rules, regulations or bylaws and any amendments thereto shall be filed with the office of the City Manager.
[Amended 11-23-1993 by Ord. No. 1562]
The Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association and its membership, including its junior members, are hereby authorized to perform or engage in the following extended duties and activities in addition to the normal firefighting, rescue and emergency medical duties as set forth above:
Any and all public safety activities undertaken by the Fire Department to render care to the injured, to prevent loss of life, to provide comfort and security to victims and to limit or prevent damage to or loss of property as circumstances may dictate.
Rendering assistance to police officers where such aid is specifically requested or is done without request to protect our citizens from imminent danger.
Participation in drills, practices, training sessions and pre-fire planning activities authorized by the Fire Chief and supervised by a qualified instructor.
Participation in community celebrations, ceremonial observances and funerals for deceased firefighters or other public figures where such attendance is deemed appropriate and authorized, in writing, by the Fire Chief.
Preparation for and responsible participation in parades, provided that attendance has the prior written approval of the Fire Department.
Providing mutual aid to other communities requesting assistance in emergency situations that are beyond their ability to handle on their own. This aid may include but not be limited to:
The Fire Chief will be responsible to answer these calls for mutual aid within reasonable travel distances and times, while retaining an acceptable level of protection for the City at all times.
Any public service functions performed for the welfare of the community as long as these activities are responsibly supervised and are sanctioned by the Fire Department.
Participation in fire prevention inspections, post-fire investigations, bomb searches and evacuation drills.
Participation in public programs to promote health and safety, to enlist new members, to solicit community support or to conduct fund-raising activities so long as the activity is specifically sanctioned by the Fire Department.
Safely and responsibly performing maintenance and remodeling work on the Fire Department or City fire vehicles, buildings, grounds or equipment.
Performing such other duties necessary for the efficient operation of the Fire Department as may, from time to time, be assigned by the Council and/or Manager and officers of the Fire Department.
The members of the Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association may elect from their number such officers as may be provided by the bylaws of the Fire Department.
All appropriations made by the City to or for the use of said Fire Department, whether of money or property, and any property or equipment purchased with money so appropriated and all property and equipment purchased by the City for the Fire Department shall continue to be the property of the City. None of the property or equipment so belonging to the City shall be permanently removed from the City without the consent of the City Council.
The Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association shall adopt a drug-free workplace policy which prohibits the use, possession, sale or distribution of non-medically prescribed controlled substances on Fire Department premises, including but not limited to any Fire Department vehicles or while attending any Fire Department calls, functions or events.
The Fire Department shall not permit any member to operate equipment, respond to or otherwise participate in any calls in an impaired state, either as the result of alcohol, controlled substances or over-the-counter medications.
The Fire Department shall adopt and implement a drug testing policy which will enforce these provisions.
[Amended 11-23-1993 by Ord. No. 1562]
The Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association will voluntarily file monthly financial reports, consisting of, at a minimum, cash-flow statements, with the office of the City Manager prior to the end of the next succeeding month and, in addition thereto, shall report monthly in form and manner prescribed by the City Manager on the activities of the Fire Department, including information regarding fire calls and other emergency responses, manpower and training.
[Added 11-23-1993 by Ord. No. 1562]
At least quarterly, or more frequently as shall be deemed necessary or desirable, meetings shall be held by and among the officers of the Fire Department, the Fire Chief, the City Manager and any Council members and members of the Fire Department wishing to participate to discuss any and all matters of mutual concern.