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Hillcrest Fire Company By-Laws
Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company INC.
table of contents
ARTICLE I. 2
NAMES AND OBJECTIVES OF THE FIRE COMPANY.. 2
ARTICLE II. 2
Governing Body.. 2
ARTICLE III. 3
REQUIREMENTS AND ELECTIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP. 3
ARTICLE IV.. 6
DUTIES OF MEMBERS. 6
ARTICLE V.. 9
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS. 9
ARTICLE VI. 14
DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. 14
ARTICLE VII. 17
DUTIES OF FIREMATIC OFFICERS. 17
ARTICLE VIII. 20
EXECUTIVE BOARD.. 20
ARTICLE IX.. 21
LIFE MEMBER.. 21
ARTICLE X.. 22
ARTICLE XI. 23
ARTICLE XII. 24
ASSOCIATED ORGANIZATIONS. 24
ARTICLE XIII. 24
ARTICLE XIV.. 25
Revised: 1973, 1989, 2001,2007,2010,2011,2012
NAMES AND OBJECTIVES OF THE FIRE COMPANY
The name of this association shall be Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company Inc., Town of Orchard Park, County of Erie, and State of New York. The Objectives of the Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company Inc. are:
A) To establish and maintain protection from fires and provide similar Emergency Rescue Service within the said district.
B) To increase and maintain the interest of its members in mutual safety and protection of the community against these hazards.
C) To cultivate and promote social activities for the moral and intellectual improvement of its members.
A) The Orchard Park Board of Fire Commissioners (OPBFC) is the governing body of the Firematic and Emergency Medical Service (E.M.S.) functions of the Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co.). All members must adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by this said board of the Orchard Park Fire District. In cases where Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. by-laws exceed minimum requirements of Firematic (Line) and E.M.S. functions set forth in the district rules; Hillcrest by-laws will be the minimum standard.
B) Fiscal year: January 1 to December 31.
Calendar year: January 1 to December 31.
REQUIREMENTS AND ELECTIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
A) APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
1.) The active membership shall be limited to sixty (60) active members at least eighteen (18) years of age.
2.) Any member shall have the privilege of presenting the name or names of candidates for membership, which shall be accompanied by written application, upon report of the investigating committee. If found favorable, their name shall be put before the general membership at the next regular business meeting, and then must be elected by two thirds (2/3) of the members present.
3.) Any person eighteen (18) years of age or over, of good character and standing, shall be eligible for membership in this Fire Company. Applicants must also meet requirements of the OPBFC at their discretion.
B) PROCEDURE FOR THE ELECTION TO MEMBERSHIP
1.) An applicant must appear before the Executive Board meeting to present their application and not the regular business meeting.
2.) The Executive Board of the Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. will screen the applicant through the Police Department.
3.) If the Executive Board finds the applicant unfit of character or moral integrity, their application will be denied with no further action necessary. If an applicant is found to be unfavorable they shall be notified by mail of such findings.
4.) If the applicant is found to be favorable, their name shall be placed before the general membership at the next regular business meeting, where, by secret ballot, it will be decided on by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership present. If the Fire Company approves the applicant their application will be forwarded to the OPBFC for district approval.
RULES OF PROBATION
5.) After the OPBFC approves the applicant, they will be personally contacted by letter or telephone by the Chief or President of the Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. and told of their acceptance.
6.) It shall be compulsory that each candidate take an oath of allegiance to said by-laws of the Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. as follows:
I (state your name) do solemnly swear to abide by the rules, regulations, and by-laws of the Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company and the Orchard Park Board of Fire Commissioners. I will promote, support, and aid in all Fire Company activities to the best of my ability. I will respect all members, property, and decisions of the Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company and the Board of Fire Commissioners, and of persons and properties involved with the performance of my duties. I will discharge the duties bestowed upon me to the best of my ability.
7.) All new members, upon approval of their application by the OPBFC, will be subject to a six (6) month probation period and adhere to the following rules of probation.
a) After acceptance, a new member must complete the yearly attendance requirements as outlined in Article IV Sec. D. within the six (6) month probationary period.
1.) E.M.S. only members are required to successfully complete a CPR course within six (6) months of acceptance by the fire district. The E.M.S only member must begin a basic E.M.T. or higher-level course within one (1) year of acceptance, and must successfully complete the required course within 2 years of acceptance. The E.M.S. only member must then maintain the required certification(s) and CPR card to remain an active member.
2.) Members who apply as firefighters must successfully complete the required basic firefighter and first aid course as set forth by the OPBFC within two (2) years of acceptance.
3.) All persons who apply for membership are considered members in training for a two (2) year period as per Article II of the OPBFC by-laws.
b) A probationary member does not receive a key to the fire hall under any circumstances, until their probation period expires.
c) No probationary member, under any circumstances, will receive a Fire Company uniform or jacket until their probation period expires and have successfully completed at least one of the required firematic or first aid schools.
1.) Probationary members may receive a Fire Company cap and tee shirt.
d) A probationary member does not have the right to vote at any regular or special meeting including election of officers.
e) After the new member’s probationary period has expired, at the next regularly scheduled Executive Board meeting their performance will be evaluated. If it is found that the probationary member has been successful in completing attendance and training requirements in the Fire Company they will be granted all rights and privileges. If, however, their behavior, attitude or attendance is not acceptable, the Executive Board may, by a vote of the majority of the members present, recommend either extending the applicants probation or revoking their application.
f) All members in training will be reviewed by the Executive Board after two (2) years of acceptance where their attendance of schools and performance, as described in these by-laws will be evaluated and acted upon.
DUTIES OF MEMBERS
A) It shall be the duty of all members to obey all commands of their officers.
B) It shall be the duty of all members to be prompt at all meetings and drills.
C) Every member shall respond to all calls, when available, according to the Standard Operating Guidelines, (S.O.G.’s) as set forth by the Fire Chief.
1. It shall be necessary for Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. Firefighters to attend four (4) business meetings, and the required fire and rescue drills as outlined in the (OPBFC) By-Laws Article VI.
2. It shall be necessary for Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. firefighters who also hold a valid first responder card, emergency medical technician card, or a card exhibiting advanced levels of training beyond these requirements, to attend four (4) business meetings, and the required fire and rescue drills as outlined by the OPBFC By-laws Article VI.
3. It shall be necessary to the Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. E.M.S. only members to attend four (4) business meetings, and the required rescue and fire drills as outlined in the OPBFC By-laws Article XIII. &n
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Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company
Orchard Park, NY 14127
7125 Ellicott Road