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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 3.24 Fire Department Part I

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Chapter 3.24
Fire Department
PART I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sections:

3.24.010 Composition.
3.24.020 Selection of officers.
3.24.030 Duties of assistants--Subordinate officers to perform duties of Chief in his absence.
3.24.040 Chief's powers and duties generally.
3.24.050 Secretary's duties.
3.24.060 Police power of chief and assistants.
3.24.070 Hours of service.
3.24.080 Firemen at city institutions.
3.24.090 Office of the fire chief in city hall.
3.24.100 Inspection of buildings or premises.
3.24.110 Drill required.
3.24.120 Payment of salary during job related injury or sickness.
3.24.130 Drillmaster to be provided.
3.24.140 Uniforms.
3.24.150 Use of fire apparatus outside of city.

3.24.010 Composition.

The Fire Department shall consist of a chief, a first deputy chief, a second deputy chief and the number of battalion chiefs and other officers, employees and firemen as may be fixed by the Board of Aldermen from time to time.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 1: 1960 C. 330.010.)

For firemen's retirement system, see Ch. 4.18

Charter:

Art. I 1 (20) Authority of city to provide and maintain a fire department

Art XIII 15 (c) Divisions of fire and fire prevention

Art. XVIII 31 Compensation of employees of fire department

Cases:

Charter amendment providing that salaries of firemen shall be not less than those of corresponding ranks of policemen held constitutional State v. Stemmler, 479 S.W. 2d 456 (1972).

McQuillin:

45.02 Fire department

3.24.020 Selection of officers.

The Chief of the Fire Department and the First Deputy and Second Deputy Chief, shall not be taken from the rank below the rank of battalion chief. When any vacancies take place in any grade of officers, they shall be filled from the next lowest grade, provided:

1. Privates shall serve at least five years as such before being promoted to the rank of lieutenant;

2. Lieutenants shall serve at least two years as such before being promoted to the rank of captain;

3. Captains shall serve at least three years as such before being promoted to the rank of battalion chief;

4. Battalion chiefs shall serve at least one year as such before being promoted to the rank of chief or first or second deputy chief;

5. In no case shall the Chief of the Fire Department, or the First and Second Deputy Chief, be selected from men who are not members of the Fire Department of the City or below the grade of battalion chief.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 2: 1960 C. 330.020.)

For bond of chief of the fire department, see 3.26.010

3.24.030 Duties of assistants--Subordinate officers to perform duties of Chief in his absence.

The deputy chiefs and battalion chiefs of the Fire Department shall discharge duties as prescribed by the Chief of the Fire Department. In case of the absence or inability of the chief to act, the duties of the Chief of the Fire Department shall be performed by the First Deputy Chief, and in case of the absence or inability of the Chief and First Deputy Chief, the duties of the Chief of the Fire Department shall be performed by the Second Deputy Chief.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 3: 1960 C. 330.030.)

3.24.040 Chief's powers and duties generally.

The chief of the fire department shall have the superintendence and control of all engines and engine houses, hose carriages, and fire and life saving apparatus of every kind belonging to the city. The chief shall, with the approval of the director of public safety, make rules for the regulation of the fire department as may be necessary. The chief shall, when he deems it expedient, recommend to the comptroller the sale or other disposition of vehicles and equipment or any fire or life saving apparatus belonging to the city which may be unserviceable or not in use. Proceeds of such sales shall be paid by the comptroller into the city treasury, and the treasurer shall give the comptroller duplicate receipts, one of which shall be filed in the comptroller's office and the other to be given by the comptroller to the chief. The chief shall recommend to the supply commissioner the purchase of supplies regularly necessary for the department and, to the extent as appropriation may be made therefor by ordinance, the purchase of engines and other apparatus for the extinguishment of fires and for saving lives. The chief shall take into consideration and report all matters relating to the fire department and to the property of the city connected therewith. In his annual report he shall set forth a list of the fires in the city for the preceding year, the number of false alarms, the estimated amount of property destroyed, other statistics in relation to losses and insurance and the causes of fires as he may be able to procure, and other information and suggestions in relation to the fire department as he may deem expedient or necessary.

All disputes and controversies arising in relation to any matter connected with the fire department among any of its companies, officers or members when on duty shall be summarily decided by the chief, or, in his absence, by the officer in command. He shall attend all fires that occur in the city as far as practicable, and all orders given by him to any company of firemen shall be promptly obeyed. It shall be his special duty to see that the provisions of this chapter and all ordinances relating to the department are regularly and strictly enforced.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 4: 1960 C. 330.040.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8677, 9117

3.24.050 Secretary's duties.

The secretary of the fire department shall have charge of all books and records of the department. He shall keep a correct and separate account, with each engine and truck company of the department, of all expenses and repairs belonging thereto and shall discharge other duties as may be prescribed by the chief. He shall prepare all payrolls of the department, which, when approved by the chief, he shall transmit to the comptroller, who shall draw his warrant for same and charge it to the appropriation for fire department.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 5: 1960 C. 330.050.)

3.24.060 Police power of chief and assistants.

The chief and assistants shall have the same police powers at all fires as the chief of police, and may command assistance from the inhabitants of the city for the suppression or extinguishing of fires as may be required. They shall have power to order any company, fireman or other person away from the neighborhood of a fire. Any person refusing to comply with such order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 6: 1960 C. 330.060.)

3.24.070 Hours of service.

The hours of service for privates, lieutenants, captains and battalion chiefs in the fire department shall run continuously for twenty-four hours from nine a.m. to nine a.m. on alternate days, subject to special dispensation granted in the discretion of the chief. The hours of service for watchmen shall be from seven p.m. to six a.m. except on every fifth night, when they shall be relieved of duty for that night, and except in the case of institutional watchmen, who shall work twelve hours every day.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 7: 1960 C. 330.070.)

3.24.080 Firemen at city institutions.

Firemen detailed at city institutions shall guard against the dangers of fire at such institutions and shall be prepared in the event of fire to combat that fire with the assistance of the employees of the institution, until the arrival of the proper detail of the fire department. It shall be their duty to drill the employees of the city institutions from time to time and to instruct them as to their respective duties in case of fire.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 8: 1960 C. 330.080.)

3.24.090 Office of the fire chief in city hall.

The office of the chief shall be in the city hall.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 9: 1960 C. 330.090.)

3.24.100 Inspection of buildings or premises.

The chief, or his assistants, may inspect any building or premises between the hours of nine a.m. and six p.m. or any other hour when an emergency may arise. Any person who shall refuse, prevent or attempt to prevent the chief, his assistants or duly authorized agent from entering any building or premises, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 10: 1960 C. 330. 100.)

3.24.110 Drill required.

It is the duty of the chief to cause the men to be drilled in their duties at least once each week and more often if necessary.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 11: 1960 C. 330.110.)

3.24.120 Payment of salary during job related injury or sickness.

In case any member of the fire department is prevented by injury or sickness caused by his service in the department from performing his duty he shall receive the salary and compensation allowed him by law during the disability and sickness; provided, he produces the certificate of the chief and the assistant in charge of the district in which the member is employed that he is unable to work from injury or sickness. No compensation shall be allowed unless approved by the director of public safety and payment shall not continue longer than a period of six months.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 12: 1960 C. 330.120.)

3.24.130 Drillmaster to be provided.

The chief shall at all times provide for one person of each company to act as the drillmaster of his company, who shall take the lead at drills and fires in the absence of the instructor.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 13: 1960 C. 330.130.)

3.24.140 Uniforms.

Every member of the fire department shall at all fires wear a fire hat, according to his rank or position, and at all times when on duty wear a shirt of uniform color, with a badge by which he can be distinguished as a member of the St. Louis fire department. The articles enumerated in this section shall be furnished by the members of the fire department at their own cost and expense.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 14: 1960 C. 330.140.)

3.24.150 Use of fire apparatus outside of city.

Any city, town or village desiring to use any fire apparatus of the city shall first obtain the consent of the director of public safety or the Mayor for the use of city fire apparatus, and such city, town or village shall pay fees as the director of public safety shall determine. All money so received shall be paid to the director of public safety, who in turn shall transmit the money to the city treasury.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 17: 1960 C. Ch. 333.)

V.A.M.S.:

71.370 et seq. Contracts between cities for fire protection and joint fire departments

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