Browndale Fire Co.
Organized and Chartered 1913
Building 1951- 2006
We, the members of the Browndale Fire Co. No. 1, in adopting the following code
of laws, pledge ourselves to sustain our officers in their respective duties
and hold ourselves bound in law and honor to conform to and abide by these laws
in every respect.
FIRE CO. NO.1 BY-LAWS
LET IT BE KNOWN BY ALL PARTIES
THAT ANY PLACE IN THE BY-LAWS, JOB DESCRIPTION OR MEETING GUIDELINES THAT
REFERS TO THE MALE GENDER, IT SHALL BE INTERPRETED AS MEANING PERSONS OF BOTH
THE MALE AND FEMALE SEX.
I - Name, Mission Statement, Members, Jurisdiction
1: This Company shall be known
and designated as the Browndale Fire Company No. 1 of the Village of Browndale
in the Township of Clinton in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. It is a 501C3 status non-profit organization.
2: The Mission Statement of the
Browndale Fire Company No.1 is to provide of emergency services to residents
and businesses in Clinton Township and surrounding municipalities, upon
request. These services include but are not limited to fire suppression,
response to environmental, weather related emergencies, motor vehicle accidents
and other life-threatening events.
3: The Company shall be comprised
of Probationary, Active, Life and Honorary Members.
4: The jurisdiction of the
Company is the Township of Clinton, Wayne County, PA. The Company will also
respond to mutual aid calls where our assistance is requested.
5:. Upon the dissolution or
disbandment of the Browndale Fire Company, any remaining assets shall be
distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any
future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the governing body of
Clinton Township, or the state or federal government, for a public
purpose. Any such assets not so disposed
of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of Wayne County,
exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said
Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such
II – Officers
1: The elected officers of the
Company shall be a President; one (1) Vice-President; Secretary, Treasurer,
Sgt-at-Arms, three (3) Trustees; a Fire Chief. All are elected for a term on
one (1) year except the Trustees, who shall be elected for a term of three (3)
years, but one is to be elected annually.
2: The Fire Chief shall appoint
One (1) Deputy Fire Chief from the members of the Company who meet minimum
requirements as listed in the job description appendix. The Fire Chief and the
Deputy Fire Chief shall appoint one Assistant Fire Chief, and one Chief
Engineer from the members of the Company who meet minimum requirements as
listed in the job description appendix. Additionally, a Captain, Lieutenant and two
Sergeants will be selected, insuring they meet the minimum requirements as
described in the job description appendix. Based on operational needs, the fire chief
may expand or contract the number of appointed operational officers.
3: The President will appoint an
Administrative Assistant. Minimum requirements are found in the job
4: No member shall be eligible
for any operations office unless he meets the minimum requirements of that
office, and is an active member for at least one year. Minimum requirements are
found in the job description appendix.
III - Election of Officers
1: The officers shall be
nominated at the November meeting of each year and be elected on the second
Tuesday of December of each year. The newly elected officers shall be installed
on the second Tuesday of January of each year, and shall hold office for one
year or until their successors are elected and qualified, except for the
Trustees, who shall be elected to hold office for three (3) years as
2: No nomination for any office
shall be received on the night of election, unless all the candidates for said
3: If a vacancy should occur
among the elected officers between the time of the annual elections, such
offices shall be filled as the Company sees necessary.
4: The president shall appoint two
(2) tellers to count the ballots. The sergeant-at-arms is to maintain order as
may be needed during the voting and ballot counting.
5: No write-in vote on the
official ballot will be cast, unless there is no candidate for that office.
IV - Officers' Duties and Responsibilities
1: The duties of the Officers and
minimum requirements for said offices are listed in the job description
2: The Trustees will be
responsible for the job description for the following offices: President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustees, Sergeant-at-Arms and Fire Chief
3: The Fire Chief will be
responsible for the job descriptions for all the operations officers and seek
approval by the Trustees.
4: Any officer of this Company
shall resign his office when he has failed to perform his duties or whenever
requested to do so by two-thirds of the active members present at any regular
meeting. The final resignation shall be upon the Trustees final approval.
Elected officers will not pay dues while they hold office. Offices being: President, Vice-President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Chief. The following
appointed officers will not pay dues if they are in good standing with the
organization: Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, Captain, Sergeant.
V - Apparatus
1: Apparatus shall not leave town
to participate in any dress parade, celebration, or training exercise without
permission of the Company or operational officers. Apparatus responding to an
out of town fire call will respond according to the box assignment or by a
specific request for our Company.
VI - Membership Application and Qualification
1: A member of the Company must
at least fourteen (14) years of age and a citizen of the United States of
2: The candidate shall complete
an official application for membership, an application for a criminal history
clearance and a child abuse clearance. These items
will be maintained in a file in
a locked file drawer on each member.
3: Applications for membership will be thoroughly
reviewed. An ad-hoc interview panel consisting of at least three members, with
representation of the administration officers and operations officers, will be
appointed for each applicant. An oral interview will be conducted.
Section 4: Upon completion of the probationary training
program requirements, a review will be completed by the operations officers to
the trustees who will make a recommendation to the body for movement to active
membership, extension of the probationary period or recommendation to terminate
the probationary membership for the individual. The probationary period will be
a minimum of six months, but can be extended as required. At a regular meeting,
the body will vote on the recommendation, with majority of the membership in
attendance voting in the affirmative on a paper ballot.
Section 5: The Cadet category is from the age of 14
through age 15. Junior members are age 16 through 17. Both training and
probation guidelines will respect the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Child
Labor Law. Cadet/Junior members shall have no vote until they reach age
18. They may not make a motion or second
a motion at a meeting.
Section 6: Probationary members cannot vote until
completion of probation and voted into active membership.
ARTICLE VII - Duties of the
Section 1: It shall be the duty of
each member of this Company to strictly obey the Company's By-Laws and Standard
2: Each member (age 18+) shall
pay dues of five ($5.00) per year, unless they are attending college or in the
active military. Dues must be paid by the March meeting of each year or the
member will be dropped from the rolls. The Secretary will notify those who have
not paid their dues by the February meeting that their dues are in arrears. After five years as an active member the
payment of dues shall be dropped. An
active member is defined as a member who: regularly attend the monthly business
meetings (at least 8 per year, unless excused due to work commitments),
participates in fundraising activities either by helping at events or by
selling tickets or by continually responding to at least 25% of the fire
company calls per year.
3: It shall be the duty of each
member of the Company noticing or detecting
any defects in any of the
Company's equipment to immediately report same to the appropriate individuals.
A. Defects of portable
firefighting equipment shall be reported to the Fire Chief.
B. Defects of mobile equipment shall be reported to the Chief Engineer.
C. Defects in all other property shall be reported to any of the Trustees.
D. In case no action is taken by the Fire Chief or the Chief Engineer, same
must be reported to the Trustees.
E. No complaints will be entertained by the Trustees unless first taken up with
the Fire Chief or Chief
4: Any member or group of members
of the Browndale Fire Company No.1 attending a meeting of any of the Fire
Associations, attending drills, demonstrations or anything pertaining to fire
activities, in and outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, are doing so for
the betterment of the fire service of the Browndale Fire Company No.1 and the
Township of Clinton, Wayne County. They are doing so as representatives of this
Company and have the expressed permission of said Company to act in this
5: Members may borrow equipment
belonging to the Company for personal use upon contacting and receiving
6: All members shall treat each
other with respect. All proceedings shall be conducted in that spirit of candor
and good fellowship with each other.
VIII - Life Members
1: The Company may at any meeting
elect Life Members. Candidates for Life Membership must have twenty-five (25)
years of consecutive active service. Life membership may also be conferred upon
any person qualified for membership who has rendered distinctive services or to
2: All Life Members must be
elected by a majority vote of the members present at a regular meeting upon
having been recommended for Life Membership by the Board of Trustees.
Section 3: A Life Member shall not be required to pay dues. Life members will retain voting privileges.
Section 4: Active military duty
constitutes active Fire Company service.
ARTICLE IX - Honorary Members
1: The Company may at any meeting
elect Honorary Members, who shall pay no admission fee, assessments or fines.
They shall have no vote in meetings, shall not be entitled to any claims
whatsoever on the monies or property of the Company and all such members may be
resigned from the Company at the will of the Company.
2: All Honorary Members must be
elected by a majority vote of the members present at a regular meeting upon
having been recommended for Honorary membership by the Board of Trustees.
3: Honorary Members will not be
entitled to hold office in the Company.
X - Impeachment
1: Any officer of this Company,
or member of a standing committee, who shall abuse the authority vested in him,
or duties imposed, may have charges brought against him by any member in good
standing. These charges must be presented, in writing, and must be brought
before a meeting of the Board of Trustees, who will determine their validity.
Any charges found to be valid will be presented by the Trustees to the Company
membership at a regular meeting. Such charges will not be considered or acted
upon by the Company until the next regular meeting after the charges are
presented to the Company membership.
The person or persons accused
shall be served with a copy of such charges at least twenty (20) days before
such meeting and be given an opportunity to be heard in defense at such
subsequent twenty (20) days before such meeting and be given an opportunity to
be heard in defense at such subsequent meeting. The Company will then vote by
secret ballot and two-thirds vote against the member or members so charged will
ARTICLE XI - Disciplinary
Section 1: Disciplinary Actions are
defined within the department’s Standard Operating Guideline entitled
ARTICLE XII - Conduct
Section 1: It shall be the duty of
all members of the Company to maintain the good reputation and image of said
Company at all times. Any member(s) charged with an offense which shall reflect
on the good reputation and image of the Company and causing said good
reputation and image to be defamed, diminished or tarnished shall be
immediately suspended from the membership and upon conviction of such offense,
immediately expelled from the Company without a vote. Any member(s) so
suspended shall immediately turn over to the Board of Trustees all property
belonging to the company and shall not respond to any emergency calls or
participate in any other Company functions.
2: Any member of the Company
under the age of twenty-one shall not purchase and or consume alcoholic
beverages on any property belonging to the Company or any property leased and
or rented by the Company for the conduction of its affairs. It shall be the
duty of any member(s) observing any member(s) under the age of twenty-one (21)
consuming and or purchasing alcoholic beverages on property belonging to and or
leased by the Company to report said observances, in writing, noting date, time
and any other circumstances, to the Board of Trustees for action. Failure to do
so, shall subject the observing member(s) to the same disciplinary acting as
the offending member(s).
3: No member of the company shall
store alcohol on property unless it is a sanctioned event voted on by the
company's members at a monthly meeting.
ARTICLE XIII - Meetings
Section 1: The annual meeting of the
Company shall be held on the second Tuesday in January at 7:00 P.M.
Section 2: The regular monthly meeting of this Company
shall be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. and not later
than 10:00 P.M. Any change of the meeting date, due to holiday, etc., shall be
approved by the membership at the previous month's regular meeting.
3: A special meeting may be held at any time,
provided notice shall be posted at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance.
4: Seven (7) members constitute a quorum for the
transaction of business at a regular or special meeting. Any expenditure in
excess of $500.00 will have to be voted on by membership present and considered
valid if agreed upon by a majority of those present.
5: Attendance will be taken at 7:00 P.M., and a
determination if a quorum is present. In
the absence of the President and the
Vice-President, a Trustee shall chair the meeting and proceed with business.
6: The chairman shall preserve order and decorum,
decide all questions of order subject to an appeal of the Company.
7: In case of an alarm of fire during the
meeting, the meeting shall stand recessed until the Company has returned to the
fire station, or call of the President.
8: The Board of Trustees will meet at on a
regular basis as required. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees may call a
special meeting of the Board at any time upon notice of three members of the
Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE XIV - Uniforms
Section 1: All personnel will follow the
standard operating guideline entitled “Station 43 Uniform Operating Guideline.
ARTICLE XV - Amendments
Section 1: Any amendment of these
By-Laws submitted for consideration must be made in writing and after being
read, will lay over for three meetings before adoption. It then shall be
decided by a majority of the votes of the members present.
Section 2: All questions of parliamentary law will be
reviewed in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.
All By-Laws here-to-for existing other than the foregoing and its Appendix are
hereby repealed. A committee will be appointed every three (3) years to review
the By-Laws for additions, deletions and/or corrections.
2009 Bylaw Committee:
Chairperson – President Juliann
Doyle ; Member – Fire Chief Ronald
Member – Trustee John Pevec ; Approved
by membership: September 8, 2009
President, Juliann Doyle; Trustee &
Member: John Pevec
Josh Debevec (VP); Jason Obelenus (Fire Chief); Pat Sherry (member) - Presented
to membership: February 12, 2013 meeting -
by membership: June 11, 2013
Doyle, President; Members: John Pevec,
Josh Debevec, Nicole Short, Dave
Richards, Matt Zielinski. Presented to
the members: June 13, 2017 meeting
- Approved by membership: October 10,