OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF FIRE CHIEFS AT CERTAIN STATE FACILITIES.
This bill makes the UConn, Southbury Training School, or Connecticut Valley Hospital fire chief, or anyone who serves in these capacities, the officer-in-charge when responding to a fire, service call, or other emergency in his or her jurisdiction. The UConn fire chief oversees both the UConn Storrs campus and UConn Health Center.
The officer-in-charge has the authority to:
1. control and direct emergency activities at the scene;
2. order anyone to leave any building or place near such fire, service call, or emergency to protect him or her from injury;
3. temporarily blockade any public highway, street, or private right-of way;
4. enter any building where a fire is in progress or near, or where there is reasonable cause to believe a fire is in progress, for the purpose of extinguishing the fire or preventing its spread;
5. generally inspect all buildings (except inside a private dwelling), structures, or other places within his or her jurisdiction, in order to prevent fires;
6. order disengagement or decoupling of certain vehicles (e. g. , train) to extinguish a fire or preventing its spread; and
7. take command of any industrial fire brigade or fire chief when they have been called (CGS § 7-313e).
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013
Public Safety and Security Committee