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Newfoundland Regulation 2000



Fire Chief Regulations
under the
Municipalities Act, 1999

(Filed May 9, 2000)

Under the authority of section 415 of the Municipalities Act, 1999, I make the following regulations.

Dated at St. John’s, May 3, 2000.

Joan Marie Aylward
Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs



        1.   Short title

        2.   Definition

        3.   Duties of fire chief

Short title

        1. These regulations may be cited as the Fire Chief Regulations.


        2. In these regulations, "fire chief" means an officer in charge of a fire department of a municipality.

Duties of fire chief

        3. (1) A fire chief shall

             (a)  recommend to the council the most suitable form and method of organization for the fire department and recommend rules and regulations for its control and management;

             (b)  prepare and submit to the council itemized estimates of the financial needs of the fire department for supplies, equipment and personnel;

             (c)  deploy fire department personnel for maximum effectiveness;

             (d)  maintain a program of recruitment, selection and promotion of personnel;

             (e)  supervise the evaluation of personnel and provide a comprehensive training program;

              (f)  where a fire department is authorized by the minister to respond to emergencies other than fires, ensure that department personnel are trained in standard first aid and basic life support, and have completed the minimum standards for a first responder level certificate within 24 months from the authorization;

             (g)  respond to and take command at fires or other emergencies, and direct firefighting and other emergency activities, either personally or through subordinate officers;

             (h)  maintain a liaison with provincial firefighting and fire prevention authorities and promote public awareness of fire prevention techniques;

              (i)  prepare reports on firefighting equipment and apparatus and inspect and prepare fire protection, fire prevention and life safety reports on buildings and areas;

              (j)  recommend fire protection plans to the council and implement approved plans; and

             (k)  carry out other duties assigned by the manager or, where there is no manager, by the council.

             (2)  The duties in subsection (1) may, in the absence or inability of the fire chief, be carried out by a person designated by the fire chief, manager or council.