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his reasons therefore, to the Board of Fire Commissioners for its action. He shall diligently observe the condition of the apparatus and workings of the Department, and report in writing thereon, at least once in each month, to said Board, and make such recommendations and suggestions respecting the same as he may deem proper; and in the absence, or inability to act, of the Chief Engineer, the First Assistant Chief Engineer shall perform the duties of the office of the Chief Engineer, and in the absence or inability of both said officers, the Second Assistant Chief Engineer shall perform the duties of said office.

SEC. 8. The Chief Engineer, or in his absence, the Assistant Chief Engineers, or in their absence any battalion chief in charge, may, during a conflagration, cause to be cut down, or otherwise removed, any building or structure for the purpose of checking the progress of such conflagration.

Sec. 9. In all investigations and trials for violation of the rules and regulations of said department or the various bureaus thereof, the President of the Board of Fire: Commissioners shall have power to issue subponas, administer oaths and affirmations and compel the attendance of witnesses before said Board, by attachment or otherwise; all subpænas issued by him shall be in such form as he may prescribe, and shall be served by any police officer or any peace officer of said city and county. Any witness who shall neglect or refuse to attend or testify in obedience to such subpæna, shall be deemed guilty of contempt, and shall be punishable by him, as in cases of contempt in justices courts in civil cases.

In the absence of the President, any member of said Board may act in his place and stead, and shall have full power and authority to perform all the duties pertaining to said office.

No officer, member or employee of said Department shall be dismissed, except for cause, nor until after a trial. The accused shall be furnished with a written copy of the charges against him, at least three days previous to the day of trial; and he shall have an opportunity to examine witnesses in his behalf, and all witnesses shall be examined under oath, and all trials shall be public.

Sec. 10. All officers of the Fire Department while on duty shall be vested with all the powers of arrest and detention and other constabulary authority vested in police officers.

Sec. 11. The Board of Fire Commissioners shall not, nor shall either of them, nor shall any officer, member or employee of said Fire Department and the various bureaus thereof, receive any gratuity or advantage from any contractor, laborer or person performing labor for, or furnishing materials or supplies to said Department. Any violation of the provisions of this section shall be sufficient cause for the removal of the Commissioner, officer, member or employee, guilty of such violation. And all contracts made and entered into, in violation of the same, shall be void.

SEC. 12. No member of said Board of Fire Commissioners shall, during his term of office, be a member of any convention held for political purposes, nor shall any officer, member or employee of said Department take any part whatever in any convention held for political purposes, or be a member of any political club, association or organization, or take any part whatever in any primary or general election, other than to exercise his individual suffrage at such general election. Nor shall they or either of them levy, collect or pay any money, as an assessment or as a voluntary contribution, for political purposes.

Any Commissioner, officer, member or employee of the Department, violating any of the provisions of this section, shall forfeit his position or office.

SEC. 13. Whenever an officer, member or employee of said Department shall become disabled, by reason of injuries received at a fire, so as to be unable to perform his duties, said Board of Fire Commissioners may allow said disabled person a sum not exceeding fifty dollars per month, for a time not exceeding three months.

Sec. 14. At the beginning of the fiscal year next succeeding the adoption and enforcement of this Charter, the Board of Fire Commissioners shall reorganize the Fire Department and Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph of this city and county so as to conform to the provisions of this Charter, and in so doing said Board shall appoint as such officers, members and employees those persons now constituting the officers, members and employees of the same; provided, that where in this article any reduction is made in the force, or in the companies thereof, or in the office of the Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph, the said Board of Fire Commissioners is authorized to discharge from the said Department and Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph those persons whose discharge in their judgment shall be most conducive to the efficient reorganization of said Fire Department and Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph; and until such reorganization is made in said Fire Department and Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph said Departments shall remain organized according to the laws in force at the time this Charter takes effect.

CHAPTER V.

OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES.

SECTION 1. The officers of the Fire Department, until otherwise provided, shall be:

One Chief Engineer.
Two Assistant Chief Engineers.
One Chief for each Battalion.
One Secretary and Chief Clerk.
One Assistant Secretary and Clerk.
One Clerk.
One Clerk of Supply Department.

One Chief of Bureau of Combustibles, Explosives and Buildings.

One Superintendent of Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph.

One Superintendent of Engines.
One Assistant Superintendent of Engines.
One Captain for each Company.
One Lieutenant for each Company.

Which said officers may be increased or diminished by the Board of Fire Commissioners as the demands of the Department or the growth of the city may require.

The members of said Department shall be:
One Foreman Machinist.
Three Hydrantmen.
Two Draymen.
Two Hostlers.
One Watchman.
One Veterinary Surgeon.
One Foreman Carpenter.

Two Telegraph Operators for Chief and First Assistant.

And all Drivers, Stokers, Tillermen, Stewards, Firemen, Pilots, Hosemen and Truckmen as hereinafter provided.

The officers, members and employees of the Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph shall be:

One Superintendent, as herein before provided.
One Chief Operator.
Three Operators.
Two Assistant Operators.
One Foreman of Construction and Repairs.
One Assistant Foreman,
One Repairer.
Three Inspectors.
Four Linemen.
Two Batterymen.

And such other assistance as the Chief Engineer may deem necessary, but such recommendation must have the approval of the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Sec. 2. The Board of Fire Commissioners is authorized to provide, erect and maintain a training school for firemen, on some suitable lot belonging to said city and county, and shall prescribe rules and regulations for the management of the same.

Sec. 3. The Board of Fire Commissioners may pension and retire from active service any aged, infirm or disabled fireman, in accordance with the provisions of an Act entitled, "An Act to authorize the Board of Supervisors or other governing authority of the different counties, cities and counties, cities and towns of the State, to provide pensions or benefits for the relief of aged, infirm or disabled firemen." Approved March 11, 1889.

SEC. 4. Each Steam Fire Engine Company shall be composed of not more than One Captain, One Lieutenant, One Engineer, One Driver, One Stoker and Five Hosemen.

Each Hook and Ladder Company shall be composed of not more than One Captain, One Lieutenant, One Driver, One Tillerman and Eight Truckmen.

Each Hose Company shall be composed of not more than One Captain, One Lieutenant, One Driver, One Steward and Five Hosemen.

Each Chemical Engine Company shall be composed of not more than One Captain, One Lieutenant, One Driver and One Hoseman.

Each Water Tower Company shall be composed of not more than One Captain, One Driver and One Hosemen.

Each Fire Boat Company shall be composed of not more than One Captain, One Lieutenant, One Engineer, One Assistant Engineer, Two Firemen, One Pilot and Twelve Hosemen.

CHAPTER VI.

OF THE FIREMEN'S RELIEF AND PENSION FUND.

SECTION 1. The Firemen's Relief and Pension Fund shall consist of the moneys paid into said Fund, as in the next section provided; of fines collected from members of said Department and of such other moneys as may be contributed thereto by gift, devise, bequest or otherwise. Said Fund shall be under the control and management of the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Sec. 2. On the first Monday in each month there shall be transferred by the Treasurer from the General Fund to the Firemen's Relief and Pension Fund a sum aggregating two dollars for each officer and member regularly enrolled in the Fire Department. A certificate, under oath, of such enrollment must be furnished monthly by the Secretary of the Board of Fire Commissioners to the Auditor and Treasurer.

SEC. 3. Said Board may, from time to time, invest the moneys of said Fund in such of the following securities as shall seem most safe and profitable; the bonds of the City and County of San Francisco; the bonds of the State of California; the bonds of the United States of America, or the bonds of any city or county in the State of California; provided, that the validity and safety of such securities have been properly examined and approved by the City Treasurer, or it may loan at interest the whole or any portion of said moneys upon said securities. The securities and evidences of any such loan shall be delivered to and held by the Treasurer, who shall be responsible therefor on his official bond, and he shall not deposit, pledge or in any way part with any of said securities or the evidences of any such loan except on the order of said Board. Upon making any such investment or loan, said Board shall

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