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By-Laws

Browndale Fire Co. No. 1
Organized and Chartered 1913
Building 1951- 2006

Preamble
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.

BROWNDALE 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.

ARTICLE I - Name, Mission Statement, Members, Jurisdiction

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 3: The Company shall be comprised of Probationary, Active, Life and Honorary Members.

Section 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.

Section 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 purposes.

ARTICLE II – Officers

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 3: The President will appoint an Administrative Assistant. Minimum requirements are found in the job description.

Section 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.

ARTICLE III - Election of Officers

Section 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 here-to-fore provided.

Section 2: No nomination for any office shall be received on the night of election, unless all the candidates for said office decline.

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 5: No write-in vote on the official ballot will be cast, unless there is no candidate for that office.

ARTICLE IV - Officers' Duties and Responsibilities

Section 1: The duties of the Officers and minimum requirements for said offices are listed in the job description appendix.

Section 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

Section 3: The Fire Chief will be responsible for the job descriptions for all the operations officers and seek approval by the Trustees.

Section 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.

Section 5:  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.

ARTICLE V - Apparatus

Section 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.

ARTICLE VI - Membership Application and Qualification

Section 1: A member of the Company must at least fourteen (14) years of age and a citizen of the United States of America.  

Section 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.

Section 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 Active Members

Section 1: It shall be the duty of each member of this Company to strictly obey the Company's By-Laws and Standard Operating Procedures.

Section 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.  

Section 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 Engineer.

Section 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 capacity.

Section 5: Members may borrow equipment belonging to the Company for personal use upon contacting and receiving permission.

Section 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.

ARTICLE VIII - Life Members

Section 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 its purposes.

Section 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

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 3: Honorary Members will not be entitled to hold office in the Company.

ARTICLE X - Impeachment

Section 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 constitute impeachment.

ARTICLE XI - Disciplinary Action

Section 1: Disciplinary Actions are defined within the department’s Standard Operating Guideline entitled “Disciplinary Action”.

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.

Section 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).

Section 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.

Section 3:  A special meeting may be held at any time, provided notice shall be posted at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance.

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 6:  The chairman shall preserve order and decorum, decide all questions of order subject to an appeal of the Company.

Section 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.

Section 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.

ARTICLE XVI

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 Richards
          Member – Trustee John Pevec ; Approved by membership: September 8, 2009

2013 Bylaw Committee:

          Chairperson: President, Juliann Doyle;   Trustee & Member: John Pevec

          Members: Josh Debevec (VP); Jason Obelenus (Fire Chief); Pat Sherry           (member)   -  Presented to membership: February 12, 2013 meeting -    

 Approved by membership: June 11, 2013

2017 Bylaw Committee:

          Juliann 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, 2017 meeting

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