Code of Ordinance: Chapter 25 – Fire & Rescue Department

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  • Sec. 25-1. – Badges; required fees.
  • Sec. 25-2. – Conduct at fires.
  • Sec. 25-3. – Destruction of buildings to prevent spread of fire.
  • Sec. 25-4. – Removal of apparatus outside of city.
  • Sec. 25-5. – Injury of department property by firemen.
  • Sec. 25-6. – Obstruction of operations; penalties.
  • Sec. 25-7. – Damage or injury to department property by others.
  • Sec. 25-8. – Entry level exam. 2

Sec. 25-1. – Badges; required fees.

Every member of the Fire and Rescue Department shall, within ten (10) days after his appointment, deposit with the Chief of the Fire and Rescue Department the sum of ten dollars ($10.00), for which sum two (2) badges of membership shall be issued to him, and no badge shall be issued to any member until such sum shall have been so deposited by him. The Chief of the Fire and Rescue Department shall deposit with the Controller of the city all moneys received by him for such badges. Every member, upon leaving the Department or being dismissed therefrom, shall surrender his badges to the Chief of the Fire and Rescue Department, receiving therefor a certificate in writing from the Chief that such member is entitled to receive from the Controller the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) so deposited by him, and until the surrender of his badges and all other property of the city in his possession, no member shall receive any compensation that might otherwise be due him for his services.

Sec. 25-2. – Conduct at fires.

The Chief of the Fire and Rescue Department or other officer in command shall have the power to prescribe certain limits in the immediate vicinity of a fire within which only members of the Fire and Rescue Department on duty, the Mayor, members of the governing body and members of the Police Department shall be admitted except by permission of the officer in command. The Chief of the Fire and Rescue Department or other officer in command shall have power to cause the immediate arrest and detention of any fireman or other person who shall make any disturbance at a fire or alarm of fire. Any officer in charge of the Fire and Rescue Department at any fire may command the aid of any person present in suppressing the fire or to assist in the removal and preservation of property exposed to the fire, and any person so commanded shall render the aid required and, in default thereof, shall be punished as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.

Sec. 25-3. – Destruction of buildings to prevent spread of fire.

The Chief of the Fire and Rescue Department or other officer in command at any fire may, when he shall deem it necessary, order any building or structure to be destroyed or torn down to prevent the spreading of a fire; provided, however, that he shall have the sanction of the Mayor thereto or, in his absence, that of the President of the governing body, except when because of the absence of the Mayor or the President of the governing body it is impracticable to obtain such sanction.

Sec. 25-4. – Removal of apparatus outside of city.

No engine or other property belonging to the city, connected with the Fire and Rescue Department, shall be taken out of the city unless by order of the Chief or Deputy Chief of the Fire and Rescue Department with the approval of the Mayor or, in his absence, of the President of the governing body.

Sec. 25-5. – Injury of department property by firemen.

Any member of the Fire and Rescue Department who shall wantonly injure any property of the Department or wrongfully convert any of the property to his own use shall be dismissed from the Department and be ineligible to reappointment.

Sec. 25-6. – Obstruction of operations; penalties.

  • A.  It shall be unlawful for any person willfully or negligently to obstruct or retard any officer or member of a fire company or fire department in extinguishing or controlling a fire, and upon conviction such person shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) or imprisoned not more than six (6) months, or both.
  • B.  It shall be unlawful for any person in the city to willfully obstruct any street in the city so as to render less effective the Fire and Rescue Department in the performance of its duty in going to, coming from or attending any fires.

Sec. 25-7. – Damage or injury to department property by others.

It shall be unlawful for any person in the city to run over any fire hose in use by the Fire and Rescue Department or in any way to injure or endanger any apparatus or equipment belonging to the Department.

Sec. 25-8. – Entry level exam. [290] 2

  1. Five (5) bonus points shall be added to the final earned score of Stamford residents who pass a written entry level Firefighter examination prior to December 31, 2011.
  2. In order to be eligible for the award of bonus points, a candidate must submit irrefutable evidence to prove that he or she has been domiciled in Stamford for at least twelve (12) months prior to the date of receipt of application for the Fire examination. Further, the candidate will be required to sign a sworn affidavit attesting to the fact that he/she has been domiciled in the City of Stamford prior to the date of submission of the application. Said proof and affidavit must be provided to the City’s Human Resources Division at the time of application.
  3. For purposes of this ordinance, “domiciled” is defined to be “that place where an individual has his/her true, fixed and permanent home, where he or she normally eats and sleeps and maintains his or her normal personal and household effects.”
  4. As administrator of the Firefighter examination, the Director of Human Resources, will develop, promulgate and enforce the procedural methods and requirements for the application and awarding of residency bonus points, including any appropriate penalties for the submission of false information. The decision of the Director of Human Resources in all related matters shall be final.