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(a) Establishment. There is hereby established within the Division of Fire and Emergency Medical Services a Bureau of Fire Prevention, referred to throughout this Fire Prevention Code as the Bureau. The Chief of the Division shall be the Chief of the Bureau. The Bureau shall consist of the Chief of the Division and those members of the Division certified as fire safety inspectors by the State official having authority to so certify, as provided by statute, and assigned to the Bureau by the Chief from time to time. Members of the Bureau, including the Chief, are referred to throughout this Fire Prevention Code as fire officials, except where reference is made particularly to the Chief.
(b) Duties. The Chief and members of the Division assigned to the Bureau shall have the following duties:
(1) Conduct inspections of all buildings and premises within the City, except those buildings used exclusively for residential purposes, as often as may be necessary for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, contribute to the spread of fire, interfere with fire-fighting operations or endanger life, or any violations of the provisions or intent of this Fire Prevention Code or any other ordinance affecting fire safety.
(2) Investigate the causes, origins and circumstances of fires.
(3) In carrying out the provisions of paragraph (a)(1) hereof, issue notices of violations of laws affecting fire safety and notices of dangerous conditions, including the time within which such violations or dangerous conditions are required to be abated.
(4) In carrying out the provisions of paragraph (a)(1) hereof, issue citations of violations of laws affecting fire safety and citations relating to dangerous conditions, including the time within which such violations or dangerous conditions are required to be abated.
(5) Recommend civil penalties proposed to be assessed if a citation is issued for a violation of this Fire Prevention Code.
(6) Assist the Superintendent of Building and Zoning Inspection in any building inspection and Building and Housing Code enforcement relating to fire safety.
(7) Have all the authority and perform any and all functions of a fire official, as that term is defined and used in the Ohio Fire Code, except as may be modified in this Fire Prevention Code.
(8) Submit a report annually to the Director of Public Safety, the Mayor and all members of Council on the activities of the Bureau and any recommendations for amendments to this Fire Prevention Code considered desirable.
(9) Submit such reports to the State Fire Marshal as may be required by law.
(10) Cooperate with the State Fire Marshal in the investigation of fires and enforcement of the Ohio Fire Code.
(Ord. 28-1987. Passed 5-11-87.)