Village of Southampton, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Southampton 5-10-2018 by L.L. No. 5-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created in the Village of Southampton the Ocean Rescue Department of the Village of Southampton.
The function of the Ocean Rescue Department shall be to provide a volunteer ocean rescue service in the Village in assistance to the Village Police, Fire Department, lifeguards and other emergency services providers of the Village.
A. 
The initial volunteer members of the Ocean Rescue Department shall be by appointment of the Mayor with the approval of the Village Board of Trustees. The volunteer members of the Ocean Rescue Department shall be residents of the Village or persons residing within 20 miles of the Village. The volunteer members shall be deemed qualified by reason of training, experience or civic interest and maintain applicable open water and CPR certifications as approved by the Council of the Ocean Rescue Department and Village Board of Trustees.
B. 
Thereafter, the Ocean Rescue Department may elect other eligible persons as volunteer members, subject to the approval of the Village Board of Trustees. Such election shall be by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Ocean Rescue Department present at a regular or special meeting thereof. The membership of any person so elected shall become effective upon approval thereof by the Village Board of Trustees.
A. 
The officers of the Ocean Rescue Department shall consist of a Chief, First Assistant Chief, Second Assistant Chief, Secretary, Treasurer and such other officers, if any, as may be provided for in the bylaws of the Ocean Rescue Department. There shall be either five officers or seven officers.
B. 
The officers of the Ocean Rescue Department shall be elected annually by the members of the Ocean Rescue Department, for a calendar-year term of office, subject to the appointment by the Mayor with the approval of the Village Board of Trustees. An annual meeting of the Ocean Rescue Department shall be held on a date in December of each year (such date to be fixed in the bylaws of the Ocean Rescue Department or by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees) for the purpose of electing officers for the calendar-year term of office commencing on January 1 of the following year. The election as officers of persons so elected shall become effective upon approval thereof by the Village Board of Trustees.
A. 
The officers of the Ocean Rescue Department shall constitute the Council of the Ocean Rescue Department.
B. 
Subject to the direction and control of the Village Board of Trustees, the Council shall be responsible for the proper management of the function of the Ocean Rescue Department.
C. 
Bylaws.
(1) 
Subject to the approval of the Village Board of Trustees, the Council may from time to time adopt bylaws with respect to the following Ocean Rescue Department matters:
(a) 
The powers and duties of the officers.
(b) 
The operating procedures and duties of the members.
(c) 
The admission, suspension, removal and discipline of the members and officers.
(d) 
The minimum training and certification requirements to be eligible for active membership and the certifications necessary to allow participation in rescues.
(e) 
Such other matters as may from time to time be authorized or approved by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees.
(2) 
Such bylaws shall become effective upon approval thereof by the Village Board of Trustees.
A. 
The proper management of the function of the Ocean Rescue Department shall be subject to the direction and control of the Village Board of Trustees.
B. 
The Village Board of Trustees may from time to time by resolution adopt rules and regulations governing Ocean Rescue Department matters, including but not limited to matters referred to in § 79-5C.
C. 
In the event of any conflict between a bylaw established pursuant to § 79-5C and a rule or regulation adopted pursuant to § 79-6B, the matter shall be controlled and governed by the rule or regulation adopted pursuant to § 79-6B.