Date of Issue: 9-1-99
Effective Date: 10-1-99
Developed By: Earl Obelenus
Issued by Authority of:
Earl Obelenus, Fire Chief
The purpose of this guideline
is to establish procedures for disciplinary action.
This guideline effects all
Browndale Fire Company members.
It is the responsibility
of all members of the Browndale Fire Company to follow the companyís by-laws
It is he responsibility
of all officers to follow the companyís by-laws and S.O.G.ís and to insure
that all members follow those same by-laws and S.O.G.ís.
In order to carry out the
mission statement of the company, it is imperative that all company personnel
follow the companyís by-laws, S.O.G.ís and the companyís chain of command
when dealing with emergency and non-emergency activities. When a personnel
problems arises, the following steps will be followed.
1. When a personnel problem
arises, an officer in charge will speak to the violator in private. The
officer will speak precisely about what action(s) have created a deficiency
and suggest how the individual should correct the deficiency. After the
conference is over, a handwritten note will be placed in the memberís file
listing the date, time and basic context of the conference.
2. If the individual continues
the infraction or a more serious violation occurs, another private conference
will be held. Immediately following the conference, a written notice of
deficiencies and the expected improvements required will be provided to
the individual and a copy of the same will be placed in his/her file This
file note will remain for a six (6) month period at which time it will
be removed if the individualís performance ha improved or has remained
3. If steps 1 and 2 fail
to correct the problem, or if a more serious violation occurs, the officer
will prepare written charges outlining the infractions and previous efforts
to correct them. One copy will be forwarded to the members of the board
of trustees, the president and the fire chief.
4. An officer may invoke
a suspension at the 2 and 3 step. Suspensions should be proportionate to
the offense and discipline shall be progressive in nature.
5. The president, fire chief
or line officer will have the authority to authorize an initial suspension
for improper conduct. The suspension will not exceed 72 hours. It will
be reviewed by the president, fire chief and a member of the board
of trustees during this time.
6. Any member on suspension
is prohibited from responding to calls, riding the apparatus, attending
any company activities and will not be allowed on fire company property.
7. Officers may invoke a
work project instead of suspension when deemed appropriate. Any work assignment
must be completed in a specific time frame.
8. Any member receiving
three (3) suspensions in a twelve (12) month period may be subject to dismissal
from the Browndale Fire Company. The member will be required to attend
a disciplinary hearing at which time the actins of the individual will
be reviewed. The review board will be appointed by the president and will
consist of five (5) individuals, two (2) of which will be fire officers,
one (1) trustee and two (2) active members.
A. Written results of the
hearing will be given to the president, fire chief, five (5) review board
members, secretary, member involved and a copy to be placed in the members
9. Any activities which
are deemed to be criminal in nature will be referred to the appropriate
law enforcement agency for appropriate action. Members charged with a crime
unrelated to a fire company activity may be suspended. Suspensions will
be reviewed on a case by case basis by the president, fire chief or his
designee and a trustee. Members charged with criminal offenses related
to fire company business or activities will result in an immediate and
indefinite suspension from the company pending the outcome of the charges.
VI. SUPERSEDED GUIDELINE
This is a new guideline
on this subject matter. It does no supersede any memo or guideline.