Fire Co. No. 1
and Chartered 1913
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
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: All
properties and possessions of the Browndale Fire Company, upon it’s dissolution,
be transferred in ownership to the Clinton Township Board of Supervisors
to be used for the extinguishing of fires, the protection of life and property
and the promotion of fire prevention and fire safety in Clinton Township,
Wayne County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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
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
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, with the exception of 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 particular 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, and Sgt-at-Arms.
Section 3: The Fire
Chief will be responsible for the job descriptions for all the operations
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.
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. Application
process fee of $5.00 will accompany the application.
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. A background check will be completed for all
applicants. This fee will be paid for by the applicant, but reimbursed
to the applicant upon successful completion of the probationary program
and acceptance as an active member.
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.
Section 5: Junior members
are from the ages of 14-17. 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
ARTICLE VII - Duties
of the Active Members
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
shall pay dues of five ($5.00) per year. 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.
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
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 be required to pay dues until age sixty-five (65). Upon
reaching age sixty-five, he shall be exempt from payment of dues.
Life members will retain voting privileges.
Section 4: Active
military duty constitutes active Fire Company service.
ARTICLE IX - Honorary
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
The person or persons accused
shall be served with a copy of such charges at least twenty (20) days previous
to such meeting and be given an opportunity to be heard in defense at such
subsequent twenty (20) days previous to 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
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).
ARTICLE XIII - Meetings
Section 1: The annual
meeting of the Company shall be held on the second Tuesday in January at
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 if a quorum be present they shall, in the
absence of the President and the Vice-President, the Fire Chief 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 adjourned
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
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 thirty (30) days for 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
All By-Laws here-to-for
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
Member – Fire Chief Ronald
Member – Trustee John Pevec
Approved by membership
: September 8, 2009