Village of Elm Grove, WI
Waukesha County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Elm Grove 2-10-1969; amended in its entirety 11-28-2016. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Police and Fire Commissioners — See Ch. 7, Art. II.
Fire Department — See Ch. 33.
The Elm Grove Volunteer Fire Department is subject to the authority of the Police and Fire Commission as provided in Chapter 7, Article II of the Code of the Village of Elm Grove and §§ 61.65 and 62.13, Wis. Stats.
A. 
Organization of membership. The Fire Department shall consist of the following persons appointed by the Police and Fire Commission from time to time: one Chief, Fire Department officers and fire fighters. A Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer may be appointed to carry out the business functions of the Department provided for in these bylaws. The maximum and minimum number of fire fighters shall be as determined from time to time by the Village Board of Trustees.
B. 
Gender. In the following sections of these bylaws, words in either the masculine form or feminine form shall be deemed to include or relate to both males and females.
C. 
Member classification. Members shall consist of the following classifications:
(1) 
Active fire fighters. Active fire fighters shall be competent and experienced members who are actively engaged in the fire-fighting, administration or rescue functions of the Department. All active fire fighters shall be chosen by, and be subject to, such requirements as are from time to time established under Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ SPS 330 and SPS 332.
(2) 
Probationary fire fighters. Probationary fire fighters shall be members training to become active fire fighters. They shall be subject to extended training and supervision established under Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ SPS 330 and SPS 332 and such supervision as the Chief shall require. All new fire fighters shall be permitted the opportunity to obtain the training specified in Wisconsin Administrative Code § SPS 330.08 (b) within 12 months of the date of their appointment to the Department. Probationary fire fighters shall become active fire fighters on recommendation of the Chief and approval by the Police and Fire Commission. A member with less than one year experience as a member of the Department or equivalent shall be a probationary fire fighter.
A. 
Any person at least 18 years of age who lives or normally works within or near the Village and meets the position requirements established from time to time for fire fighters may apply for membership in the Department.
B. 
The application of the candidate shall be turned over to the Chief for evaluation. Following evaluation by the Chief, the Chief may recommend the applicant to the Police and Fire Commission for consideration as a probationary fire fighter. All applicants approved by the Police and Fire Commission shall be required to undergo a medical examination to determine their fitness for duty and acceptance of all candidates shall be conditioned upon the results of said examination.
C. 
All applicants, after appointment, shall serve a probationary training period. If after satisfactory completion of the probationary training period the Chief decides that the applicant shows satisfactory proficiency in drills and fire-fighting knowledge, the applicant shall become a full member upon confirmation by the Police and Fire Commission.
A. 
The following membership titles and general job descriptions shall be applicable to the Department:
(1) 
Administrative. An administrative member shall be a member appointed by the Chief. This member may or may not have fire-fighting duties.
(2) 
Daytime member. Daytime members are those members who work for, within or nearby the Village and respond and train on a daytime basis.
(3) 
Explorer scout advisor. The explorer scout advisor is a line fire fighter or above in rank who is responsible for the efficient and safe operations of the explorer scout post.
(4) 
Instructor. An instructor shall be a member with instructor status responsible for the probationary and Department training programs.
(5) 
Probationary fire fighters. Probationary fire fighters shall be members in training to become active fire fighters. They shall be subject to training as required under Wisconsin Administrative Code § SPS 330 and supervision as the Chief shall determine. Probationary fire fighters shall become active fire fighters after one year on recommendation by the Chief.
(6) 
Active fire fighters. Active fire fighters shall be competent and experienced members who have met the educational and training standards set forth in Wisconsin Administrative Code § SPS 330 and are actively engaged in the fire-fighting, administrative or rescue functions of the Department.
(7) 
Motor pump operators. The motor pump operators are appointed by the Chief subject to approval of the Police and Fire Commission after successful completion of all required state certification under Wisconsin Administrative Code § SPS 330. They are responsible for operation of the Department apparatus.
(8) 
Lieutenant. The Lieutenant of each company, appointed by the Chief subject to approval of the Police and Fire Commission, shall assist his/her Captain in the discharge of his/her duties. In the absence of the Captain, the Lieutenant shall officiate in his/her capacity.
(9) 
Captain. The Captain of each company, appointed by the Chief subject to approval of the Police and Fire Commission, shall command his/her company and be responsible for the condition of his/her assigned apparatus and equipment and such special projects or tasks as the Chief may assign from time to time.
(10) 
Battalion Chief. The Battalion Chief, appointed by the Chief subject to approval of the Police and Fire Commission, shall assist the Chief in his/her duties and, in the absence of the Chief, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief, shall act in the capacity of Chief.
(11) 
Deputy Chief. The Deputy Chief, appointed by the Chief subject to approval of the Police and Fire Commission, shall assist the Chief in his/her duties and, in the absence of the Chief and Assistant Chief, shall act in the capacity of Chief.
(12) 
Assistant Chief. The Assistant Chief, appointed by the Chief subject to approval of the Police and Fire Commission, shall assist the Chief in his/her duties and, in the absence of the Chief, shall act in the capacity of Chief.
B. 
The number of positions available in each stated category shall be determined by the Board of Trustees on an annual basis as part of the annual budget.
A. 
The regular monthly meeting shall be held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. or other hour specified.
A. 
Duties of business officers.
(1) 
The business officers of the Department shall consist of the Chairperson of the meeting, the Secretary and the Treasurer.
(2) 
The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of members.
(3) 
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings, a signed copy of which shall be filed with the Village Clerk.
(4) 
The Treasurer shall receive all moneys of the Department drill fund, pay out all moneys upon proper order and render an accounting at each regular membership meeting.
B. 
Election of business officers.
(1) 
All business officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the active members and shall hold office for a term of one year or until their respective successors have been elected. All nominations will be made from the floor. Any vacancies existing during the year may be filled for the balance of the year by a majority vote of the active members present at any regular monthly meeting.
(2) 
Any business officer may be removed at any meeting upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the active members present at such meeting.
A. 
The regular monthly functions are:
(1) 
First Tuesday of month: monthly and officers' meetings.
(2) 
Second Tuesday: probationary member training/informal drill night.
(3) 
Third Tuesday: required monthly drill night.
(4) 
Fourth Tuesday: special drill night.
(5) 
Fifth Tuesday: MPO training/special drill night.
(6) 
Daytime monthly drill and meeting.
B. 
It is required that fire fighters attend the first Tuesday monthly meeting and a regular monthly drill. It is expected that probationary fire fighters will attend as many special drills as possible. It is mandatory that all fire fighters attend no fewer than two drills per quarter and 10 drills per year. With few exceptions, all Tuesday night Department activities begin at 7:00 p.m. Promptness in attendance is a requisite. If for any reason a fire fighter is unable to attend a required drill or meeting, that person is expected to notify his/her company officer. Attendance at meetings and drills shall continue until released by a company officer.
C. 
Active fire fighters shall proceed to the fire station or location of a fire as they may be commanded, immediately upon the alarm thereof, shall attend all fires and shall obey all commands of their officers in accordance with Department regulations. The tour of duty shall continue until released by a company officer.
D. 
Membership records shall be reviewed regularly by the Chief.
E. 
Leaves of absence may be granted by the Chief for reasons acceptable to the Chief. No more than two successive six-month leaves will be granted any member.
F. 
Any member who voluntarily leaves the Department or is dismissed by the Chief for cause shall return to the commanding officer of his/her company all Department property in his/her care, including pager, radio, badges and insignia, or identification. He/she shall not use any Department insignia or identification upon any personal equipment purchased by him/her. Return of personal attire may be required at the option of the Chief or his/her designee.
The Chief or any company officer shall have the power to excuse any member for absence from fires, meetings or other occasions if notified of good and valid reasons.
The Chief may appoint officers from active fire fighters, as specified in § A340-4, as the Chief may deem necessary, subject to the approval of the Police and Fire Commission and subject to removal in the manner provided for in § 62.13, Wis. Stats.
A. 
The Chief shall be responsible for the general condition and efficient operation of the Department, the training of members and the performance of all other duties imposed upon him/her. The Chief may incur obligations on behalf of the Department, in conformity with other applicable ordinances of the Village, for operating supplies and services and emergency replacement of existing equipment when the purchase price therefor is $1,000 or less without prior approval of the Village Manager. When the purchase price of such supplies, services or equipment is more than $1000, the Chief shall, prior to the incurring of such obligations, obtain approval of the Village Manager pursuant to Chapter 54, § 54-3H of this Code.
B. 
Subject to the provisions of Subsection A of this section, the Chief shall purchase and the Department shall use only such supplies and replacement equipment as shall be of the uniform size and type required by § 213.15, Wis. Stats., and Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter SPS 330.
C. 
The Chief shall prescribe a fire alerting system for use by the Department and shall have the fire alerting system tested at regular intervals.
D. 
The Chief shall make every effort to attend all fires and direct the officers and members in the performance of their duties.
E. 
The Chief shall have each fire investigated, with the general assistance of Village Police Department, to determine its cause and in case of suspicion of incendiarism shall notify the State Fire Marshal. Whenever suspicion of incendiarism exists, the Chief shall take all reasonable steps to preserve the situs of the fire intact, including cordoning off, excluding unauthorized persons from or otherwise safeguarding the area. In no event shall the Chief seize any physical evidence of incendiarism pending arrival of the State Fire Marshal unless it is necessary for the preservation of such evidence.
F. 
The Chief shall see that all apparatus and equipment are properly cleaned and in place and ready for use at all times.
G. 
The Chief shall inspect or cause to be inspected and maintained the public water hydrants and other designated sources of water supply within the Village and shall see that water hydrants are free of ice and snow.
H. 
In the absence of the Chief, an Assistant Chief shall officiate in the capacity of the Chief. The Assistant Chief shall execute his/her duties in accordance with the operational procedures and directives as set down by the Chief.
I. 
Captains shall command their companies and have control thereof.
J. 
The Captain shall be responsible for the condition of his/her assigned apparatus and equipment.
K. 
The Lieutenant of each company shall assist his/her Captain in the discharge of his/her duties. In the absence of the Captain, the Lieutenant shall officiate in his/her capacity.
L. 
In the event of a vacancy in the position of Chief, names of candidates may be submitted at any regular meeting of the Department and an advisory vote shall be taken by all members present concerning said candidates. The results of said vote shall be given to the Police and Fire Commission, which may use such advisory voting information in the course of its selection process.
Bylaw amendments may be amended from time to time by the Village Board of Trustees.
A. 
No persons shall be allowed to enter the fire station for the purpose of handling any apparatus or equipment belonging to the Department, except active or probationary members of the Department, or unless such person is in the company of an active member of the Department.
B. 
Any member of the Department shall be subject to discipline by the Chief of the Department or the Police and Fire Commission pursuant to § 62.13, Wis. Stats., when any of the following circumstances adversely affect the Department:
(1) 
Commission of a felony, misdemeanor or violation of any Village municipal ordinance.
(2) 
Insubordination or disobedience toward a superior officer.
(3) 
Intoxication or impairment.
(4) 
Unlawful use of controlled substances.
(5) 
Neglect of duty or disobedience of any Department order.
(6) 
Chronic absence from duty without leave.
(7) 
Incapacity for duty, either mental or physical.
(8) 
Breach of any discipline previously imposed.
(9) 
Communicating confidential information relating to Department business without permission.
(10) 
Untruthfulness in connection with any activity or proceeding reflecting upon the Department.
(11) 
Violation of the provisions of these bylaws.
C. 
No members of the Department shall drive, carry or cause to be driven, carried or transported any Department vehicle or equipment without obtaining the prior permission of an officer.
D. 
Each member of the Department shall be held personally responsible for all Department gear and equipment in his/her possession.
E. 
Unauthorized use of another member's personal equipment is prohibited.
F. 
All members driving equipment must have a Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Department driver's license in good standing.
G. 
All injuries must be reported to the officer in charge immediately and must be reported on the fire or drill report of that instance. A report must be made to the Chief and forwarded to the Village Clerk as soon as possible.
H. 
Members shall not discuss or disseminate the business of the Department in any manner which may be detrimental to the reputation of the Department at any time or place, except as authorized by the Chief, Village Manager, or the Fire and Police Commission.
I. 
All discipline shall be administered in accordance with §§ 61.65 and 62.13, Wis. Stats., and all subsequent amendments thereto.