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

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Chapter 3.24
Fire Department
PART II. BUREAU OF FIRE PREVENTION    

Sections:

3.24.200 Established--Under supervision of chief of fire department.
3.24.210 Fire marshal and assistant.
3.24.220 Personnel--Detailed from fire department.
3.24.230 Personnel--Qualifications.
3.24.240 Powers and duties of Chief of Fire Department and Fire Marshal.
3.24.250 Manual of instructions.
3.24.260 Inspections for fire hazards.
3.24.270 Service of order issued for purpose of securing compliance.
3.24.280 Penalty for violation of Part II.

3.24.200 Established--Under supervision of chief of fire department.

A bureau of fire prevention is established in the fire department. The bureau shall be operated under the supervision of the chief of the fire department.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 19: 1960 C. 331.010.)

3.24.210 Fire marshal and assistant.

The bureau of fire prevention shall include a chief executive officer to be designated fire marshal, and an assistant executive officer to be designated assistant fire marshal. In the absence of the fire marshal, the assistant fire marshal shall act in his stead in the exercise of all powers and duties otherwise residing in and delegated to the fire marshal.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 20: 1960 C. 331.020.)

3.24.220 Personnel--Detailed from fire department.

The chief of the fire department shall detail, to the bureau of fire prevention, an officer of the fire department to be designated fire marshal, another officer of the fire department to be designated assistant fire marshal, and, in addition, other officers and men, members of the fire department, as may be required. Other than the fire marshal and the assistant fire marshal, the officers and men detailed to the bureau of fire prevention shall be designated as inspectors.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 21: 1960 C. 331.030.)

3.24.230 Personnel--Qualifications.

The fire marshal, the assistant fire marshal and the inspectors shall be especially qualified in fire hazards and fire prevention.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 22: 1960 C. 331.040.)

3.24.240 Powers and duties of Chief of Fire Department and Fire Marshal.

It shall be the duty of the Chief of the Fire Department and the Fire Marshal to take all proper steps for fire prevention. They are empowered and authorized at all reasonable hours to enter upon and into, or cause to be entered upon and into, any premises, building or structure within the City for the purpose of examination and inspection. Whenever they find in any premises, building or structure any condition which is especially liable to cause fire because of the presence or arrangement of any device, machinery or process, or because of the presence, arrangements or deposits of any articles, materials, substances, goods, wares or merchandise which may have a tendency to create danger of or from fire in or on any premises, building or structure, or to create danger in case of fire on or in any premises, building or structure, or personal injury to or loss of life of the occupants or persons on or in any premises, building or structure, or to endanger other premises, buildings or structures or the occupants thereof, or find conditions which would interfere with the efficiency and use of any and all appliances for protection against fire in any premises, building or structure, or find obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, passageways, doors or windows liable to interfere with the operations of the Fire Department or egress of occupants in case of fire, they shall order the same to be removed or remedied and the order shall forthwith be complied with by the owner or occupant of any premises, building or structure.

They shall investigate fires to determine the cause, origin and circumstances thereof, and in so doing shall have the power to issue subpoenas and all necessary processes for the attendance of witnesses and the production of books and papers and shall have the power to administer oaths and take testimony. The City Marshal shall execute processes as may be issued as provided. The Chief of the Fire Department and the Fire Marshal shall have other powers and duties as are set forth in this chapter and other ordinances.

All vehicles owned or assigned to the Fire Department, that are used in service by the department, except passenger vehicles at the disposal of command personnel, shall be equipped with oxygen equipment that may be immediately put in service to resuscitate victims, upon said vehicles arrival at the scene of an accident or incident to which said fire vehicle has been dispatched.
(Ord. 60281 1, 1987; 1948 C. Ch. 24 23: 1960 C. 331.050.)

As to inspection of buildings and premises, see Section 3.24.100

City Counselor Ops.: 8367, 8539, 10005

3.24.250 Manual of instructions.

The Chief of the Fire Department shall prepare a manual of instructions for the Fire Marshal, the Assistant Fire Marshal and inspectors, including forms for their use in preparing reports and orders.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 24: 1960 C. 331.060.)

3.24.260 Inspections for fire hazards.

The Chief of the Fire Department, for the purposes of this chapter, shall require that members of the fire companies in their respective districts make regular inspection, as may be ordered by him, or other inspections as may be prescribed by ordinance, of buildings and premises in their respective districts for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire. Reports of these inspections are to be filed with the Bureau of Fire Prevention on forms as prescribed by the Chief of the Fire Department, with the hazardous conditions noted. The Fire Marshal or the Assistant Fire Marshal or inspectors, at his direction, shall follow up all inspections as are reported in which hazardous conditions are found to secure their removal or corrections.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 25: 1960 C. 331.070.)

Charter:

Article I 1 (29) Authority of city to impact buildings, etc., for safety

3.24.270 Service of order issued for purpose of securing compliance.

The service of any order issued for securing compliance with the provisions of this chapter, or for compliance with the provisions of other ordinances relating to fire hazards, unless the methods of issuing service is specifically provided for in other ordinances, may be made upon the owner or occupant of the premises to whom it is directed, either by delivering a copy of the order to the owner or occupant personally or by delivering the order to and leaving it with any person in charge of the premises, or in case no such person is found upon the premises, by affixing a copy of the order in a conspicuous place on the door to the entrance of the premises. Whenever it may be necessary to serve an order upon the owner of the premises, the order may be served either by delivering to and leaving with the person a copy of the order, or, if the owner is absent from the jurisdiction, by mailing the copy to the owner's last known post office address.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 26: 1960 C. 331.080.)

3.24.280 Penalty for violation of Part II.

Any person violating any of the provisions of Part II or neglecting to comply with any order issued pursuant to any section thereof, unless the violation is otherwise provided for by law or ordinance, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall forfeit and pay a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each offense, and in addition, a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each day the violation is permitted to exist beyond a reasonable period of service, and in default of payment shall be imprisoned not to exceed thirty (30) days for each offense.
(1948 C. Ch. 24 27.)


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