(a)   The Fire Chief shall, under the direction of the Mayor, be the executive head of the Department of Fire.  In his absence from duty or incapacity the chief, or in his absence the Mayor, shall have the authority to designate any full-time officer from the rank of Lieutenant or above in the Fire Department to serve as the acting Chief.
(Ord. 2012-35.  Passed 8-6-12.)
   (b)   The Fire Chief shall be responsible for the prevention and control of the hazards of fire and the care and maintenance of all fire equipment and the buildings in which such equipment is housed.  He shall also supervise and direct the hours of work and the duties of all firemen.  Members of the Department of Fire shall have all the powers and duties conferred by law upon firemen in a city under the Ohio Revised Code and such other powers, not inconsistent with the nature of their offices, as are conferred by ordinance of this Municipality from time to time.
(Ord. 1956-70.  Passed 9-24-56.)
   (c)   The Fire Chief shall be entitled to the following employee benefits: uniform allowances, medical and life insurance coverage, vacations, holidays, longevity compensation, sick leave, emergency responder pay and college education pay as described in the employment contract entered into by the City and Local 1690 of the International Firefighters Association.
   The Assistant Fire Chief shall receive the same fringe benefits, effective upon the same dates and in the same amounts, as provided to the position of Assistant Chief of Police (See Section 151.04(b)). 
(Ord. 1994-48.  Passed 10-11-94; Ord. 2000-16.  Passed 4-10-00.)
   (d)   Effective January 1, 1985, when a vacancy in the office of Fire Chief occurs due to retirement, death or termination, and a member of the Department is assigned the duty of “Acting Chief,” such member shall be paid at the Chief's normal rate of pay for such duty during the interim time period until a new Chief is appointed.
(Ord. 1985-12.  Passed 5-13-85.)
   (e)   Each non-aligned regular member of the Fire Department holding the position of Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief shall be entitled to emergency responder allowance in addition to his or her regular compensation.  Such allowance shall be paid as follows: 6% of the base annual salary, payable in two equal installments, on the pay days closest to May 1 and November 1 of each calendar year.  When an employee leaves the Department through retirement, resignation or termination, the emergency responder allowance shall be pro-rated and the amount paid but unearned shall be deducted from the employee's final paycheck.
(Ord. 2000-16.  Passed 4-10-00; Ord. 2000-53.  Passed 11-27-00; Ord. 2006-10.  Passed 3-30-06.)