ARTICLE II


FIRE DEPARTMENTS



SEC.

8-016.00 Members To Have Special Police Powers


    All regularly appointed members of the Fire Departments are hereby given the necessary special police powers for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this Article. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)

SEC.

8-017.00 Chief And Other Police Officers To Enforce


    It is hereby made the special duty of the Chief of the appropriate Fire Departments, Constables and other Peace Officers, who may be on duty and available for fire duty to respond to all fire alarms and assist Fire Departments in the protection of life and property, in regulating traffic, maintaining order and in enforcing observance of all Sections of this Article. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)

SEC.

8-018.00 Power of Chief To Make Inspections And Serve Notice To Abate Fire Hazards


    The Chief or acting Chief of any Fire Protection District or duly authorized Volunteer Fire Department shall have authority to enter any and all buildings and premises within their respective jurisdictions at any reasonable hour for the purpose of making inspections and to serve notice upon the owner or occupant to abate, within a specified time, any and all fire hazards that may be found. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)

SEC.

8-018.01 Exceptions


EDITORIAL NOTATION: New Section 8-018.01 added to the Code of Ordinances under the authority of Ordinance No. 91-1415, adopted 03/21/91.

(A)    A controlled fire or open burning of leaves, trash and yard debris, such as pine needles, pine cones, shrubs, brush and cut timber, in St. Tammany Parish shall not be a violation of this Chapter if the following guidelines are adhered to:

    (1)    The fire area shall not be greater than 8 feet in diameter;
    (2)    The height of burning materials shall not be greater than four (4) feet;
    (3)    Burning shall only occur between sunrise and one hour before sunset;
    (4)    The fire site shall not be unattended;
    (5)    A functional water hose shall be located next to the fire site; and
    (6)    The fire site shall be located at least 10 feet from the nearest property line.
    (7)    There shall be no more than one fire site per homesite or parcel of land.
    (8)    The fire site shall be located at least fifty (50) feet from any structure, if nearer than fifty (50) feet from a structure a container must be used.

(B)    Notwithstanding Section 8-018.01 herein, a violation of any of the above restrictions may result in [the] fire site being considered a fire hazard under this chapter. (Ord. No. 91- 1415, adopted 03/21/91)

SEC.

8-019.00 Compliance With Notice To Abate Fire Hazard Required


    Any person served with a notice to abate fire hazard shall comply therewith promptly and inform the appropriate Fire Chief of such compliance. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)

SEC.

8-020.00 False Fire Alarms


    No person shall maliciously turn in or cause to be turned in a false fire alarm. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)


SEC.

8-021.00 Vehicles To Have Right-Of-Way


    All motorized fire equipment and all personal cars of Fire Department Members shall have the right-of-way over all other traffic when responding to a fire alarm. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)

STATE REFERENCE NOTE: LSA R.S. 32:125.

SEC.

8-022.00 Driving Over Fire Hose


    No person may drive any vehicle over a fire hose except upon specific orders from the appropriate Fire Chief or from such other Officer in charge where the hose is being used. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)

STATE REFERENCE NOTE: LSA R.S. 32:287.

SEC.

8-023.00 Parking Near Or Obstructing Fire Stations Or Hydrants


    No person shall park any vehicle or otherwise cause any obstruction to be placed within fifty (50') feet of the entrance to any Fire Station or other place where fire apparatus is stored, or within ten (10') feet of any fire hydrant or cistern. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)

STATE REFERENCE NOTE: LSA R.S. 32:143

SEC.

8-024.00 Following Fire Apparatus; Parking Near Fire


    No unauthorized person with any vehicle shall follow within six hundred (600') feet of any apparatus belonging to a Fire Department, or park any vehicle within three hundred (300 ft.) feet of a fire. (Ord. No. 226, Bk. 4, P. 5; Ord. No. 246, Bk. 4, P. 232; Ord. No. 248, Bk. 4, P. 244)

STATE REFERENCE NOTE: LSA R.S. 32:286

SEC. 8-025.00 - 8-035.00 Reserved