Village of Orfordville, WI
Rock County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Orfordville 3-31-1992 as Title 5, Ch. 2 and § 5-3-1 of the 1992 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 96.
Blasting and rock crushing — See Ch. 116.
Building construction — See Ch. 121.
Fireworks — See Ch. 172.
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 180.
Nuisances — See Ch. 225.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 246.
No person shall impede the progress of a fire engine, fire truck or other fire apparatus of the Orfordville Fire Department along the streets or alleys of such Village at the time of a fire or when the Fire Department of the Village is using such streets or alleys in response to a fire alarm or for practice.
A. 
Police authority at fires.
(1) 
The Chief and assistants or officers in command at any fire are hereby vested with full and complete police authority at fires. Any officer of the Department may cause the arrest of any person failing to give the right-of-way to the Fire Department in responding to a fire.
(2) 
The Fire Chief may prescribe certain limits in the vicinity of any fire within which no persons, excepting firemen and policemen and those admitted by order of any officer of the Department, shall be permitted to come.
(3) 
The Chief shall have the power to cause the removal of any property whenever it shall become necessary for the preservation of such property from fire or to prevent the spreading of fire or to protect the adjoining property, and during the progress of any fire he shall have the power to cause the removal of all wires or other facilities and the turning off of all electricity or other services where the same impedes the work of the Department during the progress of a fire.
B. 
Fire inspection duties.
(1) 
The Fire Chief, or his designee, shall be the Fire Inspector of the Village of Orfordville and shall have the power to appoint one or more Deputy Fire Inspectors and shall perform all duties required of the Fire Inspectors by the laws of the state and rules of the Department of Commerce, particularly § 101.14, Wis. Stats.
(2) 
While acting as Fire Inspector pursuant to § 101.14(2), Wis. Stats., the Fire Chief, or any officer of the Fire Department designated by the Fire Chief, shall have the right and authority to enter any building or upon any premises in the Village of Orfordville at all reasonable hours for the purpose of making inspections or investigations which, under the provisions of this Code, he may deem necessary. Should the Fire Inspector find that any provisions of this Code relating to fire hazards and prevention of fires are being violated, or that a fire hazard exists which should be eliminated, it shall be his duty to give such directions for the abatement of such conditions as he shall deem necessary and, if such directions are not complied with, to report such noncompliance to the Village Board for further action.
(3) 
The Chief of the Fire Department is required, by himself or by officers or members of the Fire Department designated by him as Fire Inspectors, to inspect all buildings, premises and public thoroughfares, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire or any violations of any law or ordinance relating to the fire hazard or to the prevention of fires. Such inspections shall be made at least once in six months in all of the territory served by the Fire Department and not less than once in three months in such territory as the Village Board has designated or thereafter designates as within the Village or as a congested district subject to conflagration, and more often as the Chief of the Fire Department orders. Each six-month period shall begin on January 1 and July 1 and each three-month period on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year.
(4) 
Written reports of inspections shall be made and kept on file in the office of the Chief of the Fire Department in the manner and form required by the Department of Commerce. A copy of such reports shall be filed with the Fire Chief.
A. 
Driving over fire hose. No person shall willfully injure in any manner any hose, hydrant or fire apparatus belonging to the Orfordville Fire Department, and no vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of the Fire Department when laid down on any street, private driveway or other place, to be used at any fire or alarm of fire, without the consent of the Fire Department official in command.
B. 
Parking vehicles near hydrants. It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle or leave any object within 10 feet of any fire hydrant at any time.
C. 
No parking near fire. It shall be unlawful for any person, in case of fire, to drive or park any vehicle within one block from the place of fire without the consent and authority of the Fire Chief or any police officer.
A. 
Entering adjacent property. It shall be lawful for any fireman while acting under the direction of the Fire Chief or any other officer in command to enter upon the premises adjacent to or in the vicinity of a building or other property then on fire for the purpose of extinguishing such fire, and in case any person shall hinder, resist or obstruct any fireman in the discharge of his duty as is hereinbefore provided, the person so offending shall be deemed guilty of resisting firemen in the discharge of their duty.
B. 
Destruction of property to prevent the spread of fire. During the progress of any fire, the Fire Chief or his assistant shall have the power to order the removal or destruction of any property necessary to prevent the further spread of fire, provided that it is inevitable that, unless such property is removed, other property is in danger of being destroyed by fire.
Every person who shall be present at a fire shall be subject to the orders of the Fire Chief or officer in command and may be required to render assistance in fighting the fire or in removing or guarding property. Such officer shall have the power to cause the arrest of any person or persons refusing to obey said orders.
Whenever there shall be a fire or fire alarm or the Fire Department shall be out for practice, every person driving or riding in a motorized or other vehicle shall move and remain to the side of the street until the fire engine and fire truck and other fire apparatus shall have passed.
No person shall occupy any portion of such streets or alleys with a motorized or other vehicle between such fire engine or fire truck or other fire apparatus or any hydrant to which a fire hose may be, or may be about to be, attached.
A. 
Open burning prohibited. No person, firm or corporation shall build or set any outdoor fire within the corporate limits of the Village of Orfordville except as set forth below in this section. This prohibition on burning includes the burning of construction waste and debris at construction sites.
B. 
Exceptions. The prohibition stated in Subsection A shall not apply to the following:[2]
(1) 
Outdoor cooking done in a permanent fireplace, portable grill or brazier, or other similar appliance that may be used in the preparation of food.
(2) 
Campfires.
(3) 
Burning related to training for fire departments.
(4) 
Bonfires, with prior written approval of the Fire Chief or his designee as provided herein.
(5) 
Open burning, which is defined as a controlled, limited-size open air fire, when a permit is issued as provided herein.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Application for permit.
(1) 
Procedure for issuance of burning permit.
(a) 
Before the setting or starting of any outdoor fire, except as specifically excepted herein, a permit shall first be obtained by the person wishing to do such burning from the Fire Chief or from such other person as may be authorized or designated by the Fire Chief to issue such permits. The application for a burning permit shall be made on forms furnished by the Fire Chief.
(b) 
The Fire Chief, with prior approval of the Village Board, may establish certain rules or regulations relating to open burning or permits. Such rules or regulations may include, without limitation, the days and hours when burning is allowed, the materials which may be burned, the required use of an incinerator or other burning device, the location and size of the material pile to be burned, the distance to be maintained between the material being burned and other flammable material, supervision required, the manner of disposal of the burned residue and the length of time a permit is valid.
(2) 
Issuance of a permit. After review, if the Fire Chief or his designee finds and determines that the proposed burning request complies with the ordinances of the Village of Orfordville and all state and county regulations, the application shall be approved and a burning permit shall be issued to the applicant. The Fire Chief or his designee shall retain a copy of the permit and shall forward to the Clerk-Treasurer a copy of such application and permit.
D. 
General regulations. The following general regulations shall be applicable when an open burning permit has been issued:
(1) 
All open burning conducted pursuant to a permit shall be performed in a safe, pollution-free manner, when wind and weather conditions are such that possible adverse affects may be minimized, and shall conform to any and all state and local fire protection regulations.
(2) 
No materials not listed on the permit shall be burned.
(3) 
The material being burned shall be at least 50 feet away from any structure, wood, lumber pile or other combustible materials. Provision shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of such structure, etc.
(4) 
Any ashes created or resulting from the burning of permitted materials shall be disposed of as authorized by law.
(5) 
Any open burning shall be consistently attended and supervised by a competent person who is 16 years of age or older until the fire is extinguished. The person attending the fire shall have available to him such fire extinguishing and control equipment as may be necessary in order to prevent the fire from spreading out of control.
(6) 
No burning in streets or gutters is permitted.
[1]
Editor's Note: For provisions regarding the burning of natural lawns, see Ch. 184, Health and Sanitation, § 184-5.
The following orders, rules and regulations of the Department of Commerce, all of which are set forth in the Wisconsin Administrative Code, as from time to amended, are incorporated herein by reference and adopted as part of this chapter:
A. 
Chapter COMM 1, Safety.
B. 
Chapter COMM 5, Explosives and Blasting Agents.
C. 
Chapter COMM 7, Cleaning and Dyeing.
D. 
Chapter COMM 8, Flammable and Combustible Liquids.
E. 
Chapter COMM 9, Liquefied and Petroleum Gases.
F. 
Chapter COMM 14, Fire Protection.
G. 
Chapter COMM 20, Dusts, Fumes, Vapors and Gases.
H. 
Chapter COMM 21, Spray Coating.
I. 
Chapter COMM 35, Safety in Construction.
J. 
Chapter COMM 43, Anhydrous Ammonia Code.
K. 
Chapter COMM 50, Administration and Enforcement.
L. 
Chapter COMM 51, Definitions and Standards.
M. 
Chapter COMM 52, General Requirements.
N. 
Chapter COMM 53, Structural Requirements.
O. 
Chapter COMM 54, Factories, Office and Mercantile Buildings.
P. 
Chapter COMM 55, Theatres and Assembly Halls.
Q. 
Chapter COMM 56, Schools and Other Places of Instruction.
R. 
Chapter COMM 57, Apartment Buildings, Hotels and Places of Detention.
S. 
Chapter COMM 58, Health Care, Detention and Correctional Facilities.
T. 
Chapter COMM 59, Hazardous Occupancies.
U. 
Chapter COMM 60, Child Day Care Facilities.
V. 
Chapter COMM 61, CBRF.
W. 
Chapter COMM 62, Specialty Occupancies.
X. 
Chapter COMM 64, Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning.
Y. 
Wisconsin Electrical Code.