(A)   There is hereby established in the city a Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department consisting of the Chief, the Assistant Chief and not less than 15 or more than 25 firefighters.
   (B)   (1)   The Chief shall have the control over all of the firefighting apparatus and shall be solely responsible for its care and condition. He or she shall make a report and check with the City Council at its first special yearly meeting in January as to the condition of the equipment and needs of the Fire and Rescue Department. He or she may submit additional reports and recommendations at any meeting of the Council and shall report suspensions by him or her of members of the Fire and Rescue Department at the first meeting of the Council following the suspension.
      (2)   He or she shall be responsible for the proper training and disciplining of the members of the Fire and Rescue Department, and may suspend any member for refusal or neglect to obey orders pending final action by the Council on his or her discharge or retention.
   (C)   The Chief shall keep, in convenient form, a complete record of all fires and rescues. The record shall include the time of the alarm, location of fire, cause of fire, if known, type of building, name of owner, department responding to the alarm and other information as he or she may deem advisable or as may be required from time to time by the City Council or State Insurance Department.
   (D)   It shall be the duty of the Chief to hold a monthly practice session of at least one hour's duration for the Fire and Rescue Department, when the weather permits, and to give the firefighters instruction in approved methods of firefighting, rescue and fire prevention.
   (E)   The Assistant Chief shall, in the absence or disability of the Chief, perform all the functions and exercise all of the authority of the Chief.
   (F)   The Assistant Chief and firefighters shall be able-bodied and not less than 21 or more than 65 years of age. They shall pass a satisfactory mental and physical examination and shall become members of the Fire and Rescue Department only after a six-month probationary period when all training requirements are completed or recommended by the Chief for acceptance.
   (G)   Firefighters absent from three consecutive training sessions shall forfeit membership in the Department. If he or she cannot attend the third training session, he or she shall give the Fire Chief a written excuse as the reason for not attending. Excuses will be kept on file by the Fire Chief. The Fire Chief shall have the power to decide whether the excuse is valid as to warrant retention.
   (H)   Compensation for members and officers shall be adopted by a city resolution.
   (I)   No person who is a member of the Fire and Rescue Department at the time of the adoption of this section shall be required to serve a probationary period before becoming a firefighters.
   (J)   The members and officers of the Fire and Rescue Department shall organize themselves into a firefighters relief association, under rules, regulations and bylaws subject to approval by the City Council.
(Ord. 95, passed 11-30-1995)