[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson 12-13-1973 by Ord. No. 15-1973 (Ch. 57 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- One or more persons of either sex, natural persons, corporations, partnerships, associations, joint-stock companies, societies and all other entities of any kind capable of being sued.
It shall be unlawful for any person in any manner to obstruct the use of any fire hydrant within the City, or have or place any material in front thereof, from the curbline to the center of the street and to within 10 feet from either side thereof. Any and all material found as an obstruction as aforesaid may be forthwith removed by the officers or members of the Fire Department and at the risk, cost and expense of the owner or claimant.
It shall be unlawful for any person, other than a member of the Fire Department, unless duly authorized, to unfasten, open or draw water from or otherwise use or interfere with any of the fire hydrants set in any of the public streets, places or grounds, or to break, open, unfasten, remove or otherwise willfully injure or interfere with any of the outer boxes, cases, fastenings or other appurtenances of such hydrants.
It shall be unlawful for any person willfully or without proper authority to injure, deface, destroy, remove, take away, keep or conceal any tool, appliance, accessory, apparatus or other property or article belonging to or used in any way by the Fire Department.
It shall be unlawful willfully to hinder or obstruct or offer any hindrance or obstruction to any apparatus of the Fire Department while proceeding to a fire, or willfully to hinder or obstruct any fireman in the performance of his duty.
The Chief of the Fire Department or any of his assistants having charge of or at any fire shall have authority, whenever in their opinion it shall become necessary so to do to facilitate the extinguishing of such fire, to establish fire lines about the same. It shall be unlawful for any person, to enter the limits fixed by such lines. Nothing herein contained shall operate to exclude from the limits so established any member of the Fire Department, any official of the City or any person who shall have obtained and exhibited a written permit from or badge issued by the Chief of the Fire Department so to enter. Such lines so established shall be taken charge of by the police (or special police), with full power to make arrests and to prosecute persons violating this section.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter, either by himself or itself or by his or its agent or employee, or who commits an offense against any order, rule or regulation made in pursuance of this chapter, shall be guilty of a violation punishable as follows: by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or by a fine not exceeding $250, or by both such fine and imprisonment.