[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Alfred 3-9-2002 by Art. 4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Town of Alfred Rescue Department Ordinance."
The purposes of this chapter are to establish in the manner provided by law a municipal rescue department, and to define the powers and duties of Chief of the department. The further purpose of this chapter is to provide the maximum legal protection available to the department chief and municipal rescue personnel, and to best protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Alfred.
This chapter is enacted pursuant to 30-A M.R.S.A.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated::
- MUNICIPAL RESCUE DEPARTMENT
- An organized rescue department established pursuant to this chapter.
- MUNICIPAL RESCUE PERSONNEL
- An active member, whether full-time, part-time or on call, of a municipal rescue department, who aids in providing first aid, emergency treatment and rescue assistance and is qualified to render such aid under current Department of Human Services regulations governing rescue and ambulance personnel.
There shall be a Municipal Rescue Department which is hereby established by this chapter.
The Municipal Rescue Department shall provide first aid emergency treatment and rescue assistance to persons in need of such assistance within the Town of Alfred and elsewhere as provided by mutual aid or other contractual agreement approved by the municipal officers.
Appointment. The head of the Municipal Rescue Department shall be the Rescue Chief, who shall be appointed by the Selectmen, consistent with policies established by the Board of Selectmen.
Term, compensation. The Rescue Chief shall be appointed by the municipal officers for a term of one year. The compensation of the Rescue Chief shall be established by the municipal officers.
Powers and duties. The Rescue Chief shall have the following powers and duties:
To control the Municipal Rescue Department and all rescue-related apparatus belonging to the Town of Alfred;
To see to the maintenance of technical proficiency of rescue personnel;
To establish rules and regulations concerning the discipline, good order, proper conduct, care and management of the Municipal Rescue Department. Such rules or regulations shall not become effective until approved by a motion of the Board of Selectmen.
To work with the Fire Chief to establish rules and regulations concerning activities which involve the two Departments;
To submit a monthly written report on the activities of the Department, and discharge other duties as may be required by the Selectmen;
To prepare and submit to the Board of Selectmen a budget relating to the operation of the Municipal Rescue Department; and
To formulate details, assignments, and duties necessary for the efficient performance of the Municipal Rescue Department.
Members of the Municipal Rescue Department shall enjoy the privileges and immunities provided by the Maine Tort Claims Act.
Editor's Note: See 14 M.R.S.A. § 8101 et seq.
The invalidity of any portion of this chapter shall not invalidate any other part thereof.
This chapter may be amended at any Annual or Special Town Meeting.
This chapter shall be effective on its adoption at Town Meeting.