The Fire Chief shall have the sole control and command over the members of the Fire Department; and in the absence of the Fire Chief, the chief officer on duty shall have the powers and perform the duties that belong to and are required of the Fire Chief.
Whenever the magnitude of a fire shall make it necessary, the Fire Chief or, in his absence, the chief officer on duty is authorized to employ special firefighters for the occasion.
The Fire Chief shall be responsible for the proper maintenance of the equipment and buildings of the Fire Department.
It shall be the duty of the Fire Chief to immediately investigate the cause, circumstances and origin of each and every fire in the City, and especially to examine whether it was the result of carelessness or design.
The Fire Chief shall perform the duties of fire inspector under the state statutes, and shall have the powers thereof. The Fire Chief may, with the Code Enforcement Officer and City Councilmembers at all reasonable hours, for the purpose of examination, enter into and upon all buildings and premises within his jurisdiction.
Whenever the Fire Chief shall find in any building or upon any premises combustible material or inflammable conditions dangerous to the safety of such building or premises, he shall order the same to be removed or remedied, and such order shall be forthwith complied with by the owner or occupant of such building or premises.
The Fire Chief shall make, or cause to be made, an immediate investigation as to the presence of combustible material or the existence of inflammable conditions in any building or upon any premises under his jurisdiction upon complaint of any person having an interest in the building or premises or property adjacent thereto.
Any owner or occupant failing to comply with his orders shall be punished in accordance with 25 M.R.S.A. § 2360.
There is hereby created an Auxiliary Fire Department to consist of up to 30 people to assist the regular full-time Department when needed for the purpose of fire fighting.
The current edition of the National Fire Protection Association's No. 101 Life Safety Code, as adopted by the State of Maine, is hereby adopted by reference by the Fire Department.