TITLE 4
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHAPTER 1
FIRE DEPARTMENT
SECTION:
4-1-1: Department Established
4-1-2: Membership; Appointments And Discharges
4-1-3: Powers And Duties
4-1-4: Supervision
4-1-5: Records
4-1-6: Attendance Of Firehouses
4-1-7: Ambulance Service
4-1-8: Collective Bargaining Agreements
4-1-9: Fire Protection Training Program
4-1-10: False Alarms
4-1-11: Open Burning
4-1-1: DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED:
   A.   There is hereby created and established a Fire Department, consisting of a Fire Chief who shall be Chief of the department. Subordinate members of the department shall consist of, in descending order:
Deputy Chief(s)
Captain(s)
Lieutenant(s)
   B.   Establishing and filling any or all of these positions shall be at the City Manager's discretion and assigning their individual functions shall be at the Fire Chief's discretion with Council approval. (Ord. 2018.23, 4-15-2019)
4-1-2: MEMBERSHIP; APPOINTMENTS AND DISCHARGES:
   A.   General Personnel: Except for the Fire Chief, members of the Fire Department shall, after examination, be appointed by the Fire and Police Commissioners 1 and promotions shall be made in like manner as is provided by law 2 , except for POC officers. (1988 Code §5.402; amd. 1994 Code)
   B.   Fire Chief: The Fire Chief shall be appointed by the City Manager with the approval of the Council, but such appointment shall not be limited to members of the Fire Department. The Fire Chief may be removed from office with or without cause by the City Manager and four-fifths (4/5) of the Council; however, a firefighter not otherwise subject to dismissal by the Council shall not be dismissed as a firefighter merely by his dismissal from the Office of Fire Chief, but shall resume his rank within the Fire Department held immediately prior to his appointment as Chief with seniority added for his time in office as Chief. (Ord. 97.46, 8-18-1997; amd. Ord. 2002.95, 4-21-2003)
   C.   Part Time And Volunteer Firefighters: Part time or volunteer firefighters and POC officers shall be appointed by the City Manager with the consent of the Council; shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age; shall have a valid Illinois driver's license; and, shall have successfully completed a Sycamore Fire Department physical and background investigation. (Ord. 2002.84, 3-17-2003; amd. Ord. 2002.95, 4-21-2003)
   D.   Discharges: No fireman shall be discharged, except after a hearing before the Fire and Police Commissioners as is provided by statute 3 . (1988 Code §5.402)
4-1-3: POWERS AND DUTIES:
   A.   Function: It shall be the function and duty of the Fire Department and every member thereof to extinguish accidental or destructive fires and to prevent the occurrence or spread of such fires. (1988 Code §5.406)
   B.   Obedience To Orders; Unnecessary Force: It shall be the duty of every member of the Fire Department to conduct himself in a proper and law abiding manner, at all times, and to avoid the use of unnecessary force. Each member of the department shall obey the orders and directions of his superior. (1988 Code §5.407)
   C.   Enforcement Of Code: It shall be the duty of all members of the Fire Department to see that the provisions of this Code relating to the Fire Department and its work are enforced and to that end all such members are hereby vested with the usual power and authority of police officers. (1988 Code §5.408)
4-1-4: SUPERVISION:
   A.   Command At Fires: In case of fire, the Fire Chief and his deputies shall rank in the order named, and the officer of the highest rank at the fire shall take command of the Fire Department and direct the management thereof for the suppression of the fire in the best manner possible, and when it may be necessary for the protection of other property and to prevent the spread of the conflagration, the officer in command may cause buildings to be removed, torn down or destroyed in the best manner possible.
   B.   Equipment: The Fire Chief shall have the control, subject to the order and direction of the City Council, of the Fire Department and all fire apparatus belonging to the City. (Ord. 2018.23, 4-15-2019)
4-1-5: RECORDS:
The Fire Chief shall keep or cause to be kept a record of all activities of the department and of all fires occurring in the City with information as to their cause and the estimated damage done. (1988 Code §5.405)
4-1-6: ATTENDANCE OF FIREHOUSES:
It shall be unlawful for any person to enter the Fire Department station or any place where the equipment and apparatus of the Fire Department is stored at any time, except on business pertaining to the Fire Department or other City business, or to remain thereon after such business is complete. It shall also be unlawful for any person to enter or remain in the above premises after being ordered not to do so by any member of the Fire Department or by any volunteer firemen. (1988 Code §5.409)
4-1-7: AMBULANCE SERVICE:
   A.   Operation Of Service: The Fire Department shall operate the City ambulance service. The members shall undergo such training as required by State law for such duty 4 . (Ord. 97.38, 8-18-1997)
   B.   Fees For Service:
      1.   City Residents Transported To The Nearest Hospital:   BLS, ALS, and/or ALS2 at the rate of one thousand seven hundred twenty dollars ($1,720.00).
      2.   Sycamore Fire Protection District Residents Transported To The Nearest Hospital:   BLS, ALS, and/or ALS2 at the rate of one thousand seven hundred twenty dollars ($1,720.00).
      3.   Resident Transfer Fees: Residents of both the City and the Sycamore Fire Protection District, in addition to the fees outlined in subsections B1 and B2 of this section, shall pay thirteen dollars ($13.00) per loaded mile computed from point of pick up to the ultimate destination to which the ambulance travels; provided such service shall be made available only in emergencies to acute emergency facilities.
      4.   Treat No Transport Fee: Residents of the City shall pay a fee of two hundred dollars ($200.00) on occasions when the Sycamore Fire Department provides treatment or service to Sycamore residents that do not require transport to the hospital.
      5.   Nonresidents' Fee: Nonresidents of either the City or the Sycamore Fire Protection District who require ambulance services shall pay a BLS, ALS, and/or ALS2 at the rate of one thousand seven hundred twenty dollars ($1,720.00) and will be transported to the nearest hospital; provided, such service shall be made available only in emergencies to an acute emergency or medical facility. This subsection B5 shall exclude patients requiring emergency services that are covered under workers' compensation or a self-insured insurance policy of a Sycamore employer or Sycamore Fire Protection District employer; the fee for such services would then be charged at the resident rate and be payable by the employer.
      6.   Nonresidents' Transfer Fee: Nonresidents, in addition to fees outlined in subsection B5 of this section, shall pay fourteen dollars ($14.00) per loaded mile computed from the point of pick up to the ultimate destination to which the ambulance travels; provided such service shall be made available only in emergencies to acute emergency facilities.
      7.   ALS Intercept Fee: Nonresidents shall pay a fee of eight hundred fifty dollars ($850.00) when Sycamore Fire Department personnel with paramedic certifications assist on ambulances of other municipalities that are inbound for the hospital, to provide their residents with advanced life support services.
      8.   Bariatric Patient Lift Assist Fee: Private ambulance agencies or for profit entities shall pay a fee of eight hundred sixty dollars ($860.00) when Sycamore Fire Department personnel respond to a request for a bariatric patient lift assist. (Ord. 2018.17, 4-1-2019)
4-1-8: COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS:
Subject to these provisions and subordinate thereto, the provisions of collective bargaining agreements, from time to time, shall govern the department. (1988 Code §5.412)
4-1-9: FIRE PROTECTION TRAINING PROGRAM:
   A.   The City hereby elects to participate in the programs provided for in the Illinois Fire Protection Training Act. (Ord. 93.02, 5-3-1993)
   B.   The firefighter II certification and EMT-B certification and training or, alternatively, EMT-P training and certification must be completed by the applicant prior to a job offer. The failure of any applicant to complete such basic training and certification prior to a job offer will render that individual ineligible for employment. (Ord. 2002.15, 6-17-2002)
4-1-10: FALSE ALARMS:
   A.   Any person, firm, corporation or institution having a fire alarm, smoke detector or other type of alarm in a building owned, operated or under the control of said person, firm, corporation or institution, and which has a direct or indirect connection with calls for a response from the Sycamore Fire Department or Sycamore Police Department, shall be charged a fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) upon the fourth and any subsequent false alarm within any calendar year. If the fee is not paid within sixty (60) days from the date of billing, then the fee shall increase to five hundred dollars ($500.00).
   B.   For purposes of this section, "false alarm" shall mean any alarm initiated for malicious purposes or because of a malfunctioning installed alarm system.
   C.   For purposes of this section, each building shall be allowed three (3) false alarms within the prescribed times where a person, firm, corporation or institution should own, operate or control more than one building.
   D.   If an individual should be found to have violated the laws of the State concerning false alarms, then the person, firm, corporation or institution that owned, operated or controlled the building where such false alarm occurred shall not be liable for the fee imposed under this section. (Ord. 99.29, 7-19-1999)
4-1-11: OPEN BURNING:
   A.   Open Burning: This regulation covers recreational fires and bonfires.
   B.   Recreational Fires And Bonfires Defined: Recreational fires are considered small fires for the purpose of enhancing social interaction, and for religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth, or similar purposes. There are two (2) types of recreational fires: those in outdoor fireplaces, and firepit or ground fires. A bonfire is an outdoor fire generally used for ceremonial purposes and requires a permit from the Sycamore Fire Department.
   C.   Burning Of Leaves Or Garden Debris Is Prohibited: The burning of leaves, lawn rakings and landscape waste is prohibited. Such material shall be placed in approved yard waste bags at curbside, with a weight of less than fifty (50) pounds. Branches and limbs shall be tied in bundles no more than four feet (4') in length and two feet (2') in diameter, not to exceed fifty (50) pounds. The City contracts with a private hauler to collect such yard waste between April 1 and November 30.
   D.   Recreational Fires In A Portable Outdoor Fireplace: An outdoor fireplace is a commercially produced chamber, enclosure, or screened enclosure, portable in design, for the purpose of containing a recreational fire of two feet (2') or less in diameter and two feet (2') or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth, or similar purposes. The products of combustion will either pass through a chimney prior to being emitted into the air or the chamber will be a screened enclosure with a lid covering the screened area of combustion.
Recreational fires in a container such as an outdoor fireplace do not require a permit. Recreational fires in an outdoor fireplace shall be at least fifteen feet (15') from any structure. The devices shall not be allowed on combustible surfaces. Fuel used for recreational fires shall be seasoned dry firewood or charcoal only. The fire must be entirely contained within the outdoor fireplace. The fire shall be attended at all times. A portable fire extinguisher of at least a 4-A rating, or other approved on site fire extinguishing equipment such as dirt, sand, or a garden hose shall be readily available. Recreational fires may be extinguished by the fire department if the fire is deemed a health or safety hazard.
   E.   Recreational Fires In A Fire Pit Or On The Ground: A fire pit should generally be at least four inches (4") in depth and shall be surrounded on the outside, aboveground, by noncombustible materials such as stone, steel, brick, or masonry. Recreational fires in a fire pit or on the ground do not require a permit.
The fire pit cannot exceed three feet (3') in diameter, nor may the fire pile exceed two feet (2') in height. A fire on the ground should be contained with rocks or noncombustible screening to contain the fuel within a dedicated space. Recreational fires in a fire pit or on the ground shall be at least twenty five feet (25') from any structure or combustible material. A fire should not be started in a fire pit or on the ground when very dry conditions due to exceptionally dry weather are present. In addition, conditions (such as dry grass or other combustible material) which could cause a fire to spread within twenty five feet (25') of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. The fire size shall not be greater than three feet (3') in diameter and two feet (2') in height. Fuel used for recreational fires shall be dry firewood or charcoal only. The fire shall be attended at all times. A portable fire extinguisher of at least a 4-A rating or other approved on site fire extinguishing equipment such as dirt, sand, garden hose shall be readily available. Recreational fires may be extinguished by the fire department if the fire is deemed a health or safety hazard.
   F.   Bonfires: A bonfire is an outdoor fire generally used for ceremonial purposes and it requires a permit from the Sycamore fire department. A bonfire shall not be conducted within fifty feet (50') of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions (such as dry grass or other combustible material) which could cause a fire to spread within fifty feet (50') of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. A permitted bonfire could be prohibited if very dry conditions exist due to exceptionally dry weather and/or exceptionally windy conditions that could spread the fire within fifty feet (50') of a structure. The bonfire shall not exceed three (3) hours in duration. The fuel used for bonfires may be wood pallets, dry firewood or other fuel approved by the fire department. The fire shall be attended at all times. At least one portable fire extinguisher of a 4-A rating or other approved on site fire extinguishing equipment such as dirt, sand, garden hose shall be readily available. Bonfires may be extinguished by the fire department if the fire is deemed a health or safety hazard.
   G.   Bonfire Permit: Bonfires can be permitted by the fire chief or his designee, if requested ten (10) days prior to the date of burning. Bonfire applications can be obtained from the Sycamore fire department, 535 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, Illinois.
   H.   Extinguishment Ordered By Fire Department: The following are circumstances wherein the fire department will require the immediate extinguishment of the fire regardless if any or all other measures are met:
      1.   Very dry conditions due to exceptionally dry weather.
      2.   Exceptionally windy conditions.
      3.   The burning of construction materials of any type.
      4.   The burning of any CCA (green treated) wood.
      5.   The burning of any combustible material other than seasoned firewood or charcoal.
      6.   Hazardous or objectionable open burning where the emission of smoke or odors impact other persons in the vicinity of the fire.
      7.   The lack of a responsible person monitoring the fire.
      8.   The lack of on site fire extinguishing equipment.
When, in the opinion of the fire official, a hazard exists due to open burning that is not conducted within the safe parameters defined in this section, the fire official, using good sound judgment and in consideration of the conditions that could present a hazard due to the use of the open fire, shall have the authority to have the fire extinguished.
   I.   Amends Locally Adopted Fire Prevention Code: This section amends section 307 of the 2006 international fire code in its entirety.
   J.   Enforcement: Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this code. (Ord. 2011.10, 7-5-2011)

 

Notes

1
1. See title 2, chapter 4 of this Code.
2
2. 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-4.
3
1. 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-17.
4
1. 65 ILCS 5/11-5-7.