PA 09-137—HB 6541

Public Safety and Security Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FIRE POLICE OFFICERS

SUMMARY: This act requires fire police officers directing traffic to wear at all times, not just after dark or in inclement weather, a traffic vest, orange or lime green raincoat, or other reflectorized orange or lime green outer clothing that meets national, state, and local safety standards. It (1) allows such officers to wear headgear that meets national, state, and local safety standards as an alternative to the currently required helmet or regulation fire-police dress uniform cap and (2) eliminates the requirement that the helmet be white.

By law, fire chiefs may, within available appropriations, appoint “such number of persons” as they deem necessary to be fire police officers. The act specifies that they may appoint fire department members as such. It allows a department's fire police officers, while on duty with the department or another municipality's department, to exercise their powers and carry out their duties in any town, not just an adjoining town, where the department is engaged in mutual assistance. Fire police officers direct traffic and perform other responsibilities at fire scenes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

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