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Chapter 6. Fire Protection

Sec. 6-52. Authority.

(1) This chapter shall be enforced by the fire chief, his/her designee, and the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department.

(2) The Marshfield Police Department and other law enforcement agencies shall have authority to render assistance in the enforcement of this chapter when requested to do so by the fire chief, his/her designee or an authorized member of the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department.

(3) The fire chief or his/her designee may delegate other qualified individuals such powers as necessary for the proper administration and enforcement of this chapter.

(4) The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department is authorized to inspect, at all reasonable times, any building or premises for dangerous or hazardous conditions or materials as set forth in this chapter. The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department may order any person to remove or remedy such dangerous or hazardous condition or material. Any person failing to comply with such order shall be in violation of this chapter.

(5) Where conditions exist which are determined by the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department to be immediately hazardous to life and property, the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall have the authority to summarily abate such hazardous conditions that are in violation of this chapter.

(6) To the full extent permitted by law, any authorized member of the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department engaged in fire prevention and inspection work is authorized at all reasonable times to enter and examine any building, structure, marine vessel, vehicle or premises for the purpose of making fire safety inspections. Before entering a private dwelling, the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall obtain the consent of the occupant thereof or obtain a court warrant authorizing entry for the purpose of inspection except in those instances where an emergency exists. As used in this subsection, "emergency" means circumstances that the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department knows, or has reason to believe, exist and that reasonably may constitute immediate danger to life and property.

(7) Persons authorized to enter and inspect buildings, structures, marine vessels, vehicles and premises as set forth in this section shall be identified by proper credentials issued by the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department.

(8) No person shall interfere with any member of the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department carrying out any duties or functions prescribed by this chapter.

(9) No person shall use a badge, uniform or other official credentials to impersonate any member of the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department.

(10) The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall have the authority to investigate the cause, origin and circumstances of any fire, explosion or other hazardous condition. The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall have the authority to take custody of all physical evidence relating to the cause of any fire, explosion or other hazardous condition. Information that may relate to trade secrets or processes shall not be made part of the public record except as may be directed by a court of law.

(11) The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall have the authority to require plans and specifications to ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards.

(12) Whenever any installation subject to inspection prior to use is covered or concealed without having first been inspected, the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department may require that such work be exposed for inspection. The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall be notified when the installation is ready for inspection and shall conduct the inspection within a reasonable period of time.

(13) Whenever any construction or installation work is being performed in violation of the plans and specifications as approved, a written notice shall be issued to the responsible party to stop work on that portion of the work that is in violation. The notice shall state the nature of the violation, and no work shall be continued on that portion until the violation has been corrected.

(14) The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall have the authority to order the immediate evacuation of any occupied building deemed unsafe when such building has hazardous conditions that present immediate danger to building occupants.

(15) The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall have the authority to develop and implement a public fire safety education program as deemed necessary for the general welfare with respect to the potential fire hazards within the City of Marshfield.

(16) The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department shall have the authority to ensure that the appropriate or duly authorized public fire safety education programs or public fire safety messages are disseminated to the general public.

(Code 1982, 5.07)