[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Belgium 11-21-1991 by Ord. No. 16-91 as Secs. 5-1-1 to 5-1-4 of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Open burning — See Ch. 108.
No person shall impede the progress of the fire engine or fire truck or other fire apparatus of the Belgium 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.
[Amended 1-12-2004 by Ord. No. 3-04; 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 23-09]
The fire official conducting operations in connection with the extinguishment and control of any fire, explosion or other emergency shall have full authority to direct all operations of fire extinguishment or control and to take the necessary precautions to save life, protect property and prevent further injury or damage. In the pursuit of such operation, including the investigation of the cause of such emergency, the fire official may control or prohibit the approach to the scene of such emergency by any person.
No person shall obstruct the operations of the Fire Department in connection with extinguishing any fire, or actions relative to other emergencies, or disobey any lawful command of the fire official in charge of the emergency, or any lawful order of a police officer assisting the Fire Department.
The fire official in charge of an emergency scene shall have the authority to establish fire line barriers to control access in the vicinity of such emergency and to secure any street or alley. No unauthorized person may cross such fire line barriers.
No unauthorized person shall remove, unlock, destroy or tamper with any barricade or sign which has been lawfully installed by the Fire Department or by its order or under its control.
The Chief shall have the power to cause the removal or destruction 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 the Chief 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.
Driving over fire hose. No person shall willfully injure in any manner any hose, hydrant or fire apparatus belonging to the Village or 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.
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.
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.
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.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 5-1-4(b), Destruction of property to prevent the spread of fire, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 1-12-2004 by Ord. No. 3-04.