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2. And be it further Ordained, That when the President of the Common Hall shall be notified by the Captains or Commanders of the respective Companies, that such nomination has been made as aforesaid, it shall be his duty, without any unnecessary delay, to call a meeting of the Hall for the purpose of receiving the nominations so made by the respective Companies. And out of the persons nominated to fill the office of Principal Engineer, the Hall shall proceed by
4. Be it further enacted, that the members of every such Company may elect their own officers, and form by-laws, rules and regulations for their own government, provided the same be not repugnant to the laws of the land. And it shall be the duty of the Commanding Officer of every such Company to certify all elections which may be made by the members thereof, to the Commanding Officer of the Regiment or Regiments, in which any of the said members may be enrolled, within thirty days after such election shall have taken place; and for failing to do so, he shall be fined by the Regimental Court or Courts of Enquiry, of such Regiment or Regiments, not less than three, nor more than ten dollars.
5. Be it further enacted, That besides the meetings of such Company, which may be required by its own by-laws, meetings thereof are hereby directed to be held, in the months of April and October, on stich days as the Commanding Officer thereof shall appoint, for the purpose of inspecting, practising, and preserving in good order and condition, the Engine, Hose, and other necessary furniture, belonging or entrusted to such Company. A list of all the members who shall be absent from such meetings, shall be returned by the Commanding Officer of the Company, to the next Regimental Court or Courts of Enquiry, to be held for the Regiment or Regiments, in which such absentees may respectively be enrolled; and such Court or Courts of Enquiry may impose a fine upon the said delinquents, of not less than seventy-five cents, nor more than three dollars, which fines shall be suspended and remitted, or collected and appropriated, in the same manner as militia fines are required by law to be suspended, remitted, or collected and appropriated. And for failing to make a report of the said absentees, as hereby directed, every such Commanding Officer, as aforesaid, shall be fined by the Regimental Court or Courts of Enquiry aforesaid, not less than three nor more than ten dollars. And all fines which may be assessed under this act, against the Commanding Officers of the said Fire Companies, shall be suspended and remitted, or collected and appropriated, in the mode now prescribed by law, in relation to militia fines.
6. All acts and parts of acts coming within the purview of this act, shall be, and the same are hereby repealed.
7. This act shall be in force from the passing thereof.
ballot, to elect an Officer, who shall be styled the Principal Engineer of the City of Richmond; and out of the persons nomininated to fill the office of Fire Wardens, the Hall shall proceed by ballot, to elect six persons, two from each Ward, who shall be styled Fire Wardens of the said City.
3. And be it further Ordained, That the Principal Engineer, the Fire Wardens, and the Captains or Commanders of the respective Fire or Hydraulion Companies, shall constitute the Fire Department, for the City of Richmond; and they, or a 'majority of them, shall be and are hereby empowered, to adopt such rules and regulations as they may deem necessary and proper, for the promotion of the objects for which the said department is established; which rules and regulations shall be binding upon them and the Citizens, when approved by the Hall.
4. And be it further Ordained, That the Ordinance, entitled, "An Ordinance, providing for the appointment and prescribing the duties of a Principal Engineer relative to fire, for the City of Richmond, and for other purposes," passed the 13th of August, 1821, and all other Ordinances or parts of Ordinances, coming within the purview of this Ordinance, shall be, and the same are hereby repealed.
5. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the passage thereof.
An Ordinance, to regulate the Fire Department of the City
[Passed June 8, 1829.] 1. BE it Ordained by the President and Common Council of the City of Richmond in Common Hall assembled, and it is hereby Ordained by the authority of the same, That the Principal Engineer shall, in all cases of fire, have the sole and absolute controul and command over all the Fire, Hydraulion, or Hose Companies, and it shall be his duty, to direct the Commanders of Companies, to place their Engines or Hose, in such situations, as he may deem most advantageous for the speedy extinguishment, of the fire. It shall moreover be his duty, to report in writing, to the Fire Department, at their first meeting after a fire, the cause thereof, as well as can be ascertained, and the number and description of the buildings destroyed or injured, together with the name of the occupant and owner. He shall also report all delinquencies which may occur; and he shall twice in each year, in the months of April and October, or oftener, if required by the Fire Department, examine and report the condition of the different Engines, Hydraulions and apparatus, to the Depart. ment.
2. The Wardens immediately upon the alarm of fire, shall repair to the place where the fire may be, and assist in procuring supplies of water to the Engines. They shall also prevent the Hose from being trodden on; and keep all. idle and suspicious persons at a proper distance from the fire. They shall, at the annual meeting of the FireDepartment in the month of August, be classed by ballot; No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; and in the absence of the Principal Engineer from a fire or meeting, Warden No. 1, shall possess all his powers and perform all his duties; in the absence of both, No. 2, shall command, and so on in succession to No. 6.
5. The Commander of each Fire,' Hydraulion, or Hose Company, shall immediately upon the alarm of fire, cause his Engine or Hose to be conveyed to the fire, or to the supply of water nearest the fire: and upon
his arrival, he shall send one of the members of his Company to the Principal Engineer to report his arrival, and to receive and convey orders from the Principal Engineer to his Company.
4. No Fire Engine, or Hydraulion, during any fire, or any report of fire, or at any time under any pretence whatsoever, unless the Engine house itself shall be on fire, shall be taken or removed from its house, except in the presence and with the consent of the Commander, or two of the white members of the Company, or by the orders of the Principal Engineer.
5. The Department shall at their meeting in August, in each year, appoint a Clerk, whose duty it shall be to keep a fair record of the proceedings, and to preserve all the papers belonging to the Department. He shall once in three months, furnish the Captain of the Night Watch with a list of the members of the Fire Department;
who shall direct the Watchmen, upon an alarm of fire, to give notice to them. And it shall be the duty of every Watchman, upon the breaking out of any fire, to alarm the citizens, by crying fire, and mentioning the street where it may be.
6. The Commanders of Companies, shall quarter yearly in the months of August, November, February and May, report to the Fire Department, the number of 'white members of their respective Companies, who attended at each fire during the quarter. And they shall also annually report, at the meeting of the Department in the month of November, the names of the effective members of their Companies and the names of their Officers: And whenever any new election of officers shall take place, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of that Company, to notify the Department thereof.
7. The Principal Engineer shall wear at all fires, a Leather Hat or Cap painted as the Fire Department may direct, with the words Principal Engineer, and a Fire Engine blazened in front: He shall earry a Speaking Trumpet painted as may be directed by the Fire Department, with the words Principal Engineer thereon. He shall also cause to be conveyed to the fire, a Lantern at least eight feet high, and so fixed, as by its light to show the letter E on four sides; near which, in a conspicuous situation in front of the fire, he will place himself, when duty does not require his presence elsewhere.
8. The Fire Wardens shall at all fires, wear a Leather Hat, painted as may be directed by the Fire Department, with the word Warden thereon: They shall also carry a Wand painted Black with a Brass Ball on the top thereof, and a Speaking Trumpet painted in the same manner as that of the Principal Engineer, except that the word Warden shall be substituted for Principal Engineer. They shall also, in addition to the other duties. enjoined upon them, when required by the Principal Engineer, carry any orders from him to the different Commanders of Companies, or make any examination of the fire which he
9. The Fire Department shall have power to make by-laws and regulate their own proceedings in meetings: They shall meet once in three months, or oftener if business should require (to be notified by the Principal Engineer.) They shall decide upon the reasonableness of all bills, for repairs to the Engines, Hose, Houses, or Apparatus, which may have been ordered by the Principal Engineer; and upon application from any Company, may order any repair, alteration, or improvement in the Engines, Hose, or Apparatus, which the necessity of the Company or interest of the City may require: Provided, That they shall not in any one year, authorise any expenditure exceeding the appropriation made by the Common Hall in that
year for that purpose. All the necessary expenses of the Department, shall be paid for, out of the fund appropriated for the encouragement of Fire Companies.
10. The Principal Engineer shall, for failing to appear at a fire, to examine the Engines and Apparatus, or to make any report which may herein be required of him, unless he offers an excuse-satisfactory to the Fire Department, forfeit and pay for each offence, the sum of five dollars, to be recovered by Warrant with costs, before any Magistrate of the Corporation; the fine when so recovered, to be paid to the Chamberlain for the use of the Corporation.
11. The Captain or Commander of a Company, failing to perform any of the duties required of him by this Ordinance, shall forfeit
for each offence, a sum not more than five, nor less than two dollars, to be recovered by Warrant with costs, before any Magistrate of the Corporation, and to be paid to the Chamberlain for the use of the Corporation.
12. Whenever any vacancy shall occur during the year, in the office of Principal Engineer or Fire Warden, the Fire Department shall be authorised to nominate to the Common Hall, a person to fill such vacancy
13. Any person who shall wilfully and designedly prevent the Principal Engineer, Wardens, or any Fireman from the discharge of his or their duties at a fire, shall forfeit and pay for the use of the Corporation, the sum of six dollars, upon judgment before the Mayor or any Alderman of the City,
14. This Ordinance shall commence and be in force from and after the passing thereof.