About the Fire Commission

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Five Years (Two Term Limit)
Board of Selectmen
Town Charter - Article X


The Fire Commissions works with the Fire Chief on matters concerning and affecting the fire department.

Powers and Duties

Duties include:

  • Managing and supervising the Fire Department and all property and equipment used by or in connection with the operation for he department, including hydrants used for fire purposes
  • Making rules and regulations consistent with the general statutes and the Town Charter to govern the Fire Department and its personnel
  • Prescribing penalties for violations of its rules and regulations
  • Appointing the fire chief
  • Appointing and promoting to all positions in the Fire Department, subject to the provisions of the Town Charter
  • Determining qualifications for each rank and grade in the Fire Department.
  • Based on appropriations, determining the number of persons employed by the department and the ranks and grades of their compensation.

Duties may include:

  • During the absence or disability of the fire chief, designating a member of the department as Acting Fire Chief.