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Updated May 2015



This department shall be known as the Town of Watertown Fire Department, Incorporated, and shall consist of not more than (70) active members at any one time.  The Town of Watertown Fire Department Board of Fire Commissioners shall determine the number of members from outside the Town of Watertown limits.


This department is an organization of volunteers for the purpose of fighting fires, saving lives, property, and the environment.


The officers of this department shall be: Chief, First Assistant Chief, Second Assistant Chief, Third Assistant Chief, Captains, Lieutenants, President, Secretary, Treasurer, Training Officer and Safety Officer.  These officers are to be elected at each annual meeting for a term of one (1) year, with the exception of the Training Officer, Safety officer and President, who will be appointed by the Chief.  The training officer and safety officer then shall choose an assistant, with the approval of the Chief.  In the event the Chief or any Assistant Chief becomes unable to fulfill his/her duties, then there will be an automatic progression up to the next position, of all Chief Officers.  If the Third Assistant Chief, Secretary, or Treasurer become unable to fulfill his/her duties for the year elected, the Executive Committee will appoint a member from those eligible from general membership to fulfill those duties until the next election.  If the President, Training Officer, Safety Officer or a Captain should become unable to fulfill his/her duties, for the year appointed, the Chief will be empowered to appoint another.  The duties of Assistant Chief shall be as follows:  1) Oversee Captains and firematic equipment of assigned stations and ensure truck maintenance reports are completed.  2) Each Assistant must conduct 1 training session per year.  3) Attend 75% of all Executive Committee meetings and 3 Commissioners meetings per year (excluding regular employment, illness or Fire/EMS schooling, or at the discretion of the chief).  4) Assist Chief in office duties, including; signing purchase orders, inspecting Fire District bills, inspecting SCBA and generator log books, and oversee apparatus maintenance and repairs.


The Executive Committee will consist of the Chief, First Assistant Chief, Second Assistant Chief, Third Assistant Chief, President, Secretary, Treasurer, Training Officer, Safety Officer, all Captains, all Lieutenants and one delegate from the Town of Watertown Board of Fire Commissioners.


The Chief shall: preside, or shall have the power to appoint a junior officer, or if a junior officer is not present, a member to preside in their stead, at all meetings of this department; preserve order; appoint all committees that are not otherwise appointed; and must, at the written request of seven members, call extra meetings, vote on all questions, have charge of all parades, have authority to excuse members from meetings while in session, and perform all other acts and duties necessary for the good of the department, not otherwise provided for herein.


The First Assistant Chief shall, at the request of the Chief, or in his absence, fulfill the above duties.  He/she shall oversee the completion and filing of NYS Incident Reports.  He/she shall assist the Chief in performing his/her duties and shall complete a NYS officers' training course within one year.


The Second Assistant Chief shall, at the request of the Chief, or in the absence of the Chief or First Assistant Chief, fulfill the above duties.  He/she shall conduct inventory and inspection of all District owned turn-out gear annually.  He/she shall assist the Chief in performing his/her duties and shall complete a NYS officers' training course within one year.


The Third Assistant Chief shall, at the request of the Chief, or in the absence of the Chief, First Assistant Chief, or Second Assistant Chief, fulfill the above duties.  He/she shall oversee training and oversee members on probation.  He/she shall assist the Chief in performing his/her duties and shall complete a NYS officers' training course within one year.


The President shall appoint all committees and may serve as a member of same unless otherwise provided under these bylaws.  He/She shall enforce the observance of the Constitution and Bylaws, submit a report at the Annual meeting of the condition of the organization and include such recommendations as he/she deems expedient to the good and welfare of the organization.  He/she shall abstain (when presiding over the meetings) from any vote of the organization other than in the election of officers and members except in the case of an equal division of votes and then his/her vote shall decide the issue.  He/she shall appoint a member to the position of Chaplain of the Town of Watertown Fire Department, Inc., at the Annual Meeting of the department.  If this member is a recognized member of the clergy, the said member can be exempted from fulfilling the duty requirements of an active member by vote of the general membership.  The President shall serve as manager of all property of the organization, keep an accurate record of same, and assure that NO PROPERTY of the organization is removed from its place of use or storage unless he/she, or the Chief has given permission for such removal.


The Secretary shall record the minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee and of the General Membership meetings.  He/she shall notify all members of special meetings, of Bylaw and Constitution changes, record all incidents as reported by the Chief, and keep an up-to-date list of members both active and inactive.


The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monies paid into this Department and keep an accurate accounting of the same.  He/she shall report to the Executive Committee and General Membership monthly as to monies owed, received, and on hand.  He/she shall be bonded.


The Safety Officer shall assist all officers in the instruction of proper operation of all Department equipment.


The Training Officer shall oversee all department training.


The Chief shall have charge of all equipment owned by or in the care of the Department.  He/she will, with the assistance of his/her junior officers, be in charge of all incidents, have full supervision of all members, and report to the Executive Committee, any member showing disrespect or disobedience at the time of any incident, function, or any other action unbecoming to the Department, and will suspend any member who refuses to perform his/her duties, or who is engaging in acts detrimental to the Department.  Such suspension is to be reviewed by the Executive Committee at its next regular meeting, and then referred to the General Membership for action.


Captains for this department will be elected by the entire fire department for a term of one year.  To be eligible for election one must meet the following minimum requirements:
Having successfully served at least two years in this department
Have met attendance requirements as per the constitution and bylaws
Successfully completed the New York State Intermediate School or have completed the Initial Attack school
Be department qualified on the equipment
Have completed or complete a New York State course within the first year, specifically related to the equipment as follows:
Engines- Pump operations
Tankers- Pump operations
Ladder- Ladder operations
Rescue- Rescue operations or Auto extrication

Their duties will be to assist the Chief, assistant Chiefs, or designated officers at the time of fires, incidents, and department functions.  They will be in charge of incidents, as explained under the incident command system, until a Chief arrives.  Captains will notify their members of meetings and other department functions at the request of the Chief.  He/she will report to a Chief Officer any member showing disrespect, disobedience or a life safety violation at the time of any incident or function.  Each Captain, with the Chief's approval, may appoint a lieutenant to assist in performing his/her duties.  Captains shall also be required to:
Complete and submit to record keeping monthly truck reports by 15 th of month and turned into the District Clerk.
Conduct one training session per year.
Complete an annual inventory of his/her truck as directed by the Chief.
After every major incident verify equipment is in service or document necessary repairs.
Attend at least 75% of all executive committee meetings (excluding regular employment, illness or department schooling).
Train, document and recommend to the chief, new members for certification to operate the vehicle and equipment the Captain is responsible for.
Operate as a firematic officer under the Incident Command System.
Prior to the annual election of officers, a report of each captain’s adherence of the above requirements will be presented to the general membership.


Purpose and need:  This appointment is intended to be an entry level leadership learning position for the activities of an officer in the Town of Watertown fire department.  Our apparatus and equipment are critical to maintaining the mission of the department and require continual maintenance, inventory, care and membership training.  A lieutenant assists the Captain in the performance of their required inspections, maintenance, training and development of equipment request for individual pieces of apparatus.

Establishment: The individual will be nominated by the apparatus captain and approved by the chief officers.  Apparatus lieutenants are not mandatory.

Individuals appointed to this position will maintain their firematic status within the department incident command system and have no distinction as a firematic officer on our or any mutual aid emergency scene.
Assist the Captain in at least 75% of the monthly apparatus checks.
Perform maintenance activities under the direction of the Captain.
Attend at least 75% of the executive committee meetings. (including excused absences)
In the absence of the apparatus captain, vote on meeting proceedings.
In the case of multiple lieutenants seniority shall rule.
Individually or jointly conduct a minimum of two training sessions per calendar year on their respective apparatus, with the approval of the captain.

Apparel and equipment: On the emergency scene, no distinction as lieutenant shall be displayed on any District apparel or equipment.  General member blue light rules apply.  

Eligibility:   A member shall be in good standing, above call response of 10% and have been a member of the Department for two year.  

Required training:   
Essentials of firefighting, scene support or approved equivalent
Emergency vehicle operations or complete next District sponsored training
 Incident command training (Department of Homeland security)
IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS)
IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

Additional service award points as established by the commissioners.
      Member of the executive committee
      Training selection seniority over general members

Succession:  Duties unfulfilled, without justified reasoning, or resignation may render the individual ineligible for reappointment to this position for the next calendar year.  Positions vacated shall be filled per the establishment criteria above.


A Firefighter shall not be eligible for election as Assistant Chief, until he/she has served at least one year as captain.  A member shall not be eligible to be elected Chief until he/she has served a minimum of two years as an Assistant Chief.


The Executive Committee shall meet at least once before each general membership meeting.  This meeting will make recommendations for constitutional changes before the regular general membership meetings.  These changes can only be acted on by the general membership.  The Executive Committee will act upon all disciplinary measures prior to the general membership meeting and make recommendations as to what actions may be taken.  At no time, may this committee make a decision and invoke it without the approval of the general membership, unless otherwise indicated in the Constitution.  They shall review membership applications, investigate completely, and recommend approval or disapproval to the general membership.


The Nominating Committee shall be selected by the President and must have one member who was a past officer.  Recommendations from this committee must be for one man/woman for each elected office only.


Other Committees to be established as needed.

ARTICLE 5:  MEMBERS (Introduction)

Goal:            To develop a dynamic and active membership that allows each person to provide service to the department and community to the best of their ability, meeting the mission and goals of the department and the personal goals of the member.

Structure:       There will be five categories of active membership in the department.  These categories will be based upon the training requirements set forth by the department, advisory and oversight agencies and legal requirements.  Members are encouraged to select the membership category which best suits their goals, physical ability, training, personal time commitment and development objectives.  During the course of a career with the department, it is expected that members will move between categories depending upon their personal circumstances.
The Executive Committee will review written requests from members who wish to be reassigned to a different membership category and approve such reassignment by majority vote.  The Executive Committee reserves the right to meet with members who request such reassignment in order to assess their request and ensure that mutual needs are met.

Application:   The membership application process will follow existing protocols.

Probation:     All newly appointed members of the department will be on a probationary status for at least 12 months, commencing on the date that they have been accepted into the department.
            Probationary members are not granted voting privileges.
Probationary members will be expected to meet all membership participation and training requirements for their membership category during the probationary period.
Probationary members will not accept any assignment, duty or work detail nor perform any function, whether at an emergency scene or otherwise, which they have not been properly trained to perform.
The Executive Board will periodically review the training and participation of the probationary member at the Executive Board Meetings.  Those members that have not yet achieved the training and/or participation as necessary for their assigned category will meet with the Executive Board to assess their development goals.  The Executive Board will determine, by majority vote, if the probationary member should be reassigned to a different membership category of which they have been properly trained and participated for, if the probationary period should be extended for a period of six months or if the member should be discharged from the department.
In situations where the probationary period has been extended, the Executive Board review process will be repeated at the Executive Board Meeting of the month that the probation extension ends.

Voting:        All members, regardless of category, will be given full voting privileges   following the successful completion of their probationary period.

Physicals:  All members, regardless of category, must have an annual physical on file    with the TWFD office.

Membership Categories:
Firefighter- Fully trained and active in fire suppression and rescue   activities.
Scene Support- Trained in on-scene support operations (i.e. driving,   pumps, ladder placement, hose assistance, accountability, traffic   and water supply).
EMS - Certified EMS provider that support rescue efforts within scope of     training.
Station Member- Non-emergency responder who provides administrative     support and minimal on-scene support (i.e. work details, food prep,    fund raising, committees and assist during major incidents).
Junior Firefighter- Junior firefighters must be at least 16 years old but not     older than 18 years old.
Active Deployed Military
Inactive Medical
Active Reserve

a.  Firefighter
Initial Training Requirements (complete w/in 1 yr. of appointment):
Participation in a 2-hour in-service on department procedures (SOGs and protocols)
Firefighter 1
ICS (Incident Command System -based upon National Incident Management System) 100
EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course) - OFPC (NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control-complete prior to driving apparatus)

Annual requirements:
8 hours of firefighting training (departmental, OFPC or NFA (National Fire Academy)
8 hours of firefighting training which meets OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety Administration-while NYS public employees are governed by NYS Public Employees Safety & Health under the NYS Department of Labor, national fire standards and literature references OSHA, which PESH is based upon. To ensure a clear understanding, OSHA will be the referenced oversight agency for this Standard Operating Guideline).  
Categorical requirements (Reference TWFD Training Program Standard Operating Guideline)
Physical Exam by Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant
Bi-annual Pulmonary Function Test and mask-appropriate Fit Test
Response to at least 10% of alarms (EMS not used to determine total calls)
Attendance or approved absence from at least 75% of General Membership Meetings
Active participation on one committee (active participation on a committee means attendance at no less than 50% of committee meetings
Participation at two fund raising events
Continuing Training Requirements:
ICS 200 (Instructed by NYS Emergency Management Office, NYSEMO Certified Instructor or OFPC) or OFPC ICS Course (complete w/in 3 years of appointment)
EVOC - OFPC or department approved insurance company course (every 5 years)
Promotional to:
Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief or Chief per guidelines for each   position

b.  EMS Provider
Initial Training Requirements (complete w/in 1 yr. of appointment):
Participation in a 2-hour in-service on department procedures, SOGs and protocols
EMS Training (NYS DOH 9 (Department of Health Basic, Intermediate, Advanced or Paramedic)
ICS 100
OSHA Training as required by NYS DOH
EVOC - OFPC (complete prior to driving apparatus) and, annual requirements.

Annual Training Requirements:
Must maintain an EMS certification via Continuing Medical Education Units as delineated by the NYS DOH
8 hours of emergency responder training (departmental, OFPC or NFA)
OSHA Training as required by NYS DOH
Physical Exam by Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant
Assigned PPE (as determined by the EMS Clinical Director)
Fit Test
Response to at least 10% of calls (EMS not used to determine total calls)
Attendance or approved absence from at least 75% of General Membership Meetings
Active participation on one committee
Participation at two fund raising events

Continuing Training Requirements:
ICS 200 or OFPC ICS Course (complete w/in 3 years of appointment)
EVOC - OFPC or department approved insurance company course (every 5 years)

Promotional to:
EMS Captain per guidelines for position.

c.  Scene Support Operations (SSO)

Initial Training Requirements (complete w/in 1 yr. of appointment):
Participation in a 2-hour in-service on department procedures, SOGs and protocols
Scene Support Operations Course
ICS 100
Training to the level of expected performance

Annual Requirements:
8 hours of emergency responder training (departmental, OFPC, NYSEMO or NFA)
2 hours of OSHA Station House Safety and Scene Safety training
Physical Exam by Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant
PPE Fit Test as determined by the Chief Officers
Response to at least 10% of alarms (EMS not used to determine total calls)
Attendance or approved absence from at least 75% of General Membership Meetings
Active participation on two committees
Participation at 2 fund raising events
Participation at 25% of all scheduled work details.

Continuing Training Requirements:
EVOC - OFPC (prior to driving apparatus)
ICS 200 or OFPC ICS Course (complete w/in 3 years of appointment)
EVOC - OFPC or department approved insurance company course (every 5 years)

Promotional to:
Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief or Chief per guidelines for each   position.

d.  Station Members
Initial Training Requirements (complete w/in 1 yr. of appointment):
Participation in a 2-hour in-service on department procedures, SOGs and Protocols
ICS 100
Training to the level of expected performance

Annual Requirements:
2 hours of OSHA Station House Safety training and Scene Safety
Attendance or approved absence from at least 75% of General Membership Meetings
Attendance or approved absence from at least 50% of scheduled work details
Active participation on at least 3 committees
Participation at 75% of fund raising events

e.  Active Deployed Military
The Town of Watertown Fire Department is proud of our members who serve in the United States Armed Services.  In the event that one of our members who serve in the military is deployed they will be moved to the "Active Deployed Military" category and their status, credits and standing will remain unchanged until they return from their deployment.  They will continue to receive points toward their retirement.

To be a member of this department (other than Junior members), a person shall be at least 18 years of age, and must reside within a five-mile radius of any one of the Town of Watertown Fire Stations.  A candidate for membership shall make written application to the department and shall appear in person before the Executive Committee for a personal interview.  The purpose of this interview is to inform the candidate of the membership requirements and to evaluate the candidate's potential as a member of the Department.  Town residents will have preference over non-residents.  Such application shall be approved or disapproved by the Executive Committee before being presented to the general membership.  Upon the next available opening, such application shall be presented to the general membership at the regular meeting for review.  This application shall be voted on at the next regular meeting following the review and approved by three quarters (3/4) of the ballots cast.  If an applicant is rejected, the applicant must wait six (6) months before submitting a new application.  Once approved, a member must receive a department approved physical exam before responding to any call.
EMS calls will not be used to determine the total number of calls.  For example – if the TWFD responded to 50 calls during the month and 10 of the calls were EMS, the 10 % would be based on 40 calls.  However, those who choose to respond to EMS calls would have the EMS calls added to their total.  In the above example a member would have completed 10% by responding to 4 calls.  This is ONLY used to determine the 10% criteria for responses and DOES NOT refer to the Service Award Program discussed on Page 19, lines 37 – 40 of the Constitution.
 Any active status must accumulate 40 credits per year, according to the following chart:

 1. For each 10% of calls      1 credit/month

2.  Attending major incident or alarm (2 hour minimum)  2 credits/incident

3.  Training
3a. OSHA safety training to the level of expected performance, as determined by
  the Executive Committee.     1 credit/hour
3b. Approved department training (8 hours mandatory)  1 credit/hour
  3c. Department approved course (1-4 hours)    1 credit/course
 3d. Department approved course (5-18 hours)   3 credits/course
 3e. Department approved course (over 18 hours)   5 credits/course

4.  Attending department approved meetings    1 credit/meeting

5A. Work details and other department approved activity
(lasting up to four hours)   1 credit/detail
5b. Work details and other department approved activity
    (lasting 4 or more hours)   2 credits/detail
Each member will be evaluated quarterly.  If at the end of March a member has 9 or less credits, a letter will be sent notifying them of their credits and the number needed by June 30 (which is 20).  At the end of June a member with 19 or less credits will be sent a letter requesting they meet with the Executive Committee for possible dismissal.  A follow-up telephone will be placed by the President to confirm receipt of the letter.
If at the end of September a member has 29 or less credits, a letter will be sent notifying them of their credits and the number needed by December 31 (which is 40).  At the end of December a member with 39 or less credits will be sent a letter requesting they meet with the Executive Committee for possible dismissal.

The Executive Committee can recommend dismissal from the department if a member has less than 20 credits by June 30 or less than 40 credits by December 31.
[For example, within a year - a member attends 6 department meetings, attends 8 hours of mandated OSHA training and 8 hours of mandated department training, attends 5 committee meeting, 2 work details, and responds to 10% of the fire calls; they will have accumulated 41 credits.]
Any member guilty of disorderly conduct or in the discharge of his/her duties as a firefighter, upon good satisfactory evidence of the Executive Committee and a three quarters (3/4) vote of the ballots cast by the members present of the department, shall be dishonorably discharged from the department.  Any member not attending six meetings of the previous year (excluding regular employment, illness or Fire/EMS schooling) shall not vote at the Annual Meeting.  Any member on probation shall not be allowed to vote on any department issue.  Any member not attending a meeting must be excused by his/her captain or an officer of the Department.  Each member, excluding officers, shall serve on one committee per year.  Each member with a change in the status of their driver’s license must notify the chief.
Active members are encouraged to sign up for "on-call" fire.

e. Junior Firefighters

Junior firefighters must be at least 16 years old but not older than 18 years old.  They must be able to follow directions under stressful conditions.  They should be in good physical condition to perform essential fire ground tasks.  Juniors should be willing and able to attend at least 50% of scheduled meetings and required training.  Special trainings are optional but highly encouraged.  Juniors must maintain a 75% average or higher in their schoolwork to remain active.
(Please note - the following document does not supersede TWFD SOG’s.  It is an addition to be followed by Jr. Members.)

Rules and Regulations

The regular fire department officers will directly supervise the Junior Fire Department.  A committee made up of members of the regular fire department, assigned by the Chief, to act as the Junior’s Advisors.
The Junior Fire Department shall abide by all federal, state and departmental rules and regulations.
All members of the Junior Fire Department shall meet the minimum standards and must provide at least 2 references which will be checked prior to initial interview.
After the initial interview by the personnel committee, the junior applicant will be brought to a vote by the regular fire department membership.  If majority members at the business meeting accept the applicant, then the applicant shall become an official junior member.
Junior members do not have voting privileges within the regular fire department.  They may attend meetings, but might be asked to leave the room while some issues are discussed.
The Town of Watertown Fire Department has established a limit of 10 junior positions, if more applications are received; candidates will be evaluated in order in which the applications were received.
Dependents of active fire department personnel are automatically accepted regardless of the total number of junior members currently on hand.
All juniors must complete the department Junior Orientation Program (JOP).  This program includes departmental procedures, building policies, apparatus orientation and command structure.  
The Junior Orientation Program will consist of a review of the fire departments SOG’s along with the rules and regulations of the junior program.  
There will also be two hours of station and apparatus safety training with a member of the Junior advisory board and the training officer.
All fire department members must recognize rules and regulations that govern minors and their safety.  Junior members are not permitted to participate in activities that are prohibited.  Junior members must recognize when they have been asked to perform something not appropriate and will report this to the requesting firefighter and commanding officer.
Junior members should not be at the station unsupervised, except during an emergency call.
All junior members must sign in and out of the junior time log sheet at the station every time they enter the building.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
Only officers may talk to the media.  All junior members will refer all questions regarding the fire department to the most senior officer on the scene.  Juniors are expected to represent the fire department in a positive manner.  It is not appropriate to discuss internal matters of the fire department or talk negatively about other fire departments.
Junior members and their immediate family may use the station by request and approval of your junior advisor.  DO NOT bring your friends to hang around the fire station.  An occasional, small group is permitted with the approval of your junior advisor.
Any injuries occurring during training or a scene call are covered by Worker’s Compensation Insurance.  All injuries must be reported to the senior officer as soon as practical for documentation and treatment.
Alcohol beverages are NOT allowed on fire department property or functions at any time.
Do not respond to calls or come to the station if you are sick or under the influence of medication.
Upon completion of the Junior Orientation Program and a 30 day waiting period from acceptance to the fire department Junior Firefighters may be permitted to respond to calls on apparatus.
The following are guidelines to hours of scene calls.  The hours specified by the work permit.  Training and hanging out at the station do not count towards these hours.


Maximum 6 days per week with 30-minute meal period after 4 hours.  The beginning of the week is Monday at 6:00 AM.
No activity while school is in session.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
No activity between 7:00 PM (10:00 PM with note from parent) and 7:00 AM.
Maximum of 18 hours per school week (Monday through Friday).
Maximum of 3 hours on school days.
Maximum of 8 hours total for Saturday and/or Sunday.
Maximum of 8 hours on school holidays.
No activity from 10 PM and 7 AM during school breaks.
Maximum of 40 hours per week/8 hours per day.

HOURS OF OPERATIONS AGES (per NYS Labor laws) 17-18

Maximum 6 days per week with 30-minute meal period after 4 hours.  The beginning of the week is Monday at 6:00 AM.
No activity while school is in session.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

May attend training and meetings after 7 PM but must be out of the station by 10 PM.
No scene responses between midnight and 6 AM.
No scene responses between 1 AM and 6 AM on weekends and holidays.
Calls answered before the deadline MAY continue to serve the call, but they may not answer any new calls dispatched after the deadline.
Maximum of 28 hours Monday through Friday while school is in session.
Maximum of 8 hours on Saturday.
Maximum of 8 hours on Sunday.
Maximum daily hours cannot exceed 8 hours per day.
No restrictions during school breaks.
Maximum of 44 hours per week/8 hours per day.
Only members that are at least 16 years old and have a valid New York driver’s license may drive personal vehicles to the fire station.
All juniors must report to the station for all calls.  If all apparatus have responded prior to your arrival, you must stand-by at the station until either a senior member of The Town of Watertown Fire Department drives them to the scene or wait until the department returns from the call to assist in clean-up.  Juniors are NOT permitted to respond with any backup departments.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE JUNIORS TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE SCENE!  The public might pressure you as a firefighter into entering a burning building or perform other tasks you are not authorized to undertake.
At no time is a junior member permitted to use colored light, hazard lights, honk horn or use any other warning devices while enroute to the station.
All speed limits and traffic laws are to be strictly followed while responding to the station.
The Town of Watertown Fire Department is in no way responsible or liable for any moving violations while enroute to or from the station for a call or training.
Failure to abide by these rules will result in a suspension of at least 30 days and possible expulsion from the junior program.
Junior firefighters shall don full protective bunker gear before boarding any piece of fire apparatus that is responding to a call.  Juniors shall wear full protective turnout gear to all calls unless otherwise instructed by the senior officer.
Junior firefighters will obtain verbal permission from the officer or senior member in charge of an apparatus prior to boarding an apparatus.  The officer or senior member must be willing and able to supervise the junior firefighter at all times.

Junior members must place their accountability tag on the ring of the apparatus you are boarding.
Junior firefighters, in reverse seniority, shall give up their seat to any senior firefighter upon request.  No questions or arguing.  Reclaim your accountability tag and get off the apparatus and wait for the next unit going to the scene.
When riding any piece of apparatus, junior firefighters shall position themselves in a seat with a seat belt in place and securely fastened.  Under no circumstances will a junior stand up on an apparatus while the apparatus in moving.
Junior firefighters shall remain in the apparatus until given instructions by the officer.  If no instructions are given, tell the apparatus operator you are reporting to command.  Check in with the Incident Commander and wait for instructions.
All instructions of the officer must be followed exactly.  If you are not sure what you are doing or have been assigned something you are not permitted to do, say so right away so your task can be clarified or someone else can be given the assignment.
After one year of membership, and deemed competent by a chief officer and the Junior Firefighter advisory board, a Junior Firefighter may perform driver training as long as they possess a valid NYS license and is with a qualified driver.  
Under NO circumstances is a Junior Firefighter permitted to drive to calls.
Upon returning to the station, assists in clean up, store your gear for the next call and sign the logbook.  Make sure to fill out the time sheet report.
At motor vehicle accidents a Junior member may assist in vehicle rescue if felt competent by a senior officer, but may not use or handle hydraulic tools, aka "Jaws".


Junior Firefighters may respond to EMS calls as upon receiving CPR/AED Qualifications.


The TWFD and/or the law specifically prohibit members under the age of 19 of an emergency service organization from participating in the following activities:
Operating organizational vehicle under non training circumstances
Operating various types of power driven saws and shears.

Using rubber electric gloves, insulated wire cutters, life nets or acetylene cutting torches.
Operations of pumps of any fire department vehicle at the scene.
Entering a burning structure.
Operating high-pressure hose lines (air or hydraulic) except during training.
Ascending ladders, except during training.
Operate any aerial device (cranes or hoists), non-automatic elevators, and air bags for lifting or winches.
Perform operations in tunnels, shafts or trenches.
Participate in emergencies at explosives or fireworks plants, retailers or in support of public safety for a public display.
An emergency operation in or around mines, strip-mines or quarries.
Participate in operations with incidents involving paint, acid or poisons (any HAZMAT).
Participate in operations involving radioactive substances.
Roof top ventilation or any work on top of a roof.
Wrecking or demolition including use of acetylene torches, cutting or crushing equipment.
Entry into a hazardous atmosphere (including training).
Participate in organized training activities in which an adult member of the organization is present and supervising the junior member.
All aspects of fire suppression training.

Rescue training.
Hazardous material training except entry using Level A and B personal protection equipment.
Safety training.
Wild land firefighting and Wilderness Search and Rescue training.
Provide canteen services.
Participate in support capacity for searches, rescues, wild fires, Hazmat incidents and water supply operations while under direct supervision of a senior member.
Must be under the direct supervision and control of the fire chief or a trained experienced officer over 21 years of age.  Direct supervision means that the officer must be within speaking and touching distance of the junior member.
Attacking the fire with hose lines as part of EXTERIOR operations.
Setting ladders.
Setting up Positive Pressure Ventilation as part of EXTERIOR operations.
Clean up with the following conditions:
Must be outside the fire building collapse zone.
Only after the incident is declared under control by Command.
Must be "on air" if working in a fire area and trained on SCBA’s.
14. Salvage operations while "on air".
15. Establishing water supply.

The Town of Watertown Fire Chief will designate one officer/department head to the position of Junior Chairman to supervise the Junior Fire Department Program.  The Chairman will designate Junior Advisors as needed to carry out the responsibilities of the program.
The members of the junior program will elect two officers (Captain and Lieutenant).  Additional officer positions can be created and or eliminated by the Junior Chairman as needed.
To hold an officer position, a member must be active and in good standing for at least six months and complete officer training.  Officers must be willing to provide additional hours to complete the duties of the position.  Candidates must be approved by a Junior Advisor to run for a position.
Elections are held during regularly scheduled meetings with no less than 50% of the voting junior members present.  Votes are cast by secret ballot.  Members are elected by a simple majority vote.  Tie votes will result in a run-off vote of the tied candidates.  Elections should be held at least once a year or at the discretion of the Junior Chairman.  At least one month written notice should be posted before elections.  If possible, phone calls will be made to give notice.

Junior officers are designated with a white stripe running the length of the helmet along the top.
Junior Captain will be the ranking junior member.  The Captain will be in charge of all junior events, meetings and functions.  The Captain will conduct the business meetings; supervise duties of other junior officers.  The Captain will coordinate recruiting and recognition of junior members.  At an emergency incident with multiple junior members, the Junior Captain will report to the Incident Commander as a representative of all juniors on the scene.
Junior Lieutenant will be responsible for records of attendance and training.  The Lieutenant will fill the duties of the Captain in their absence.  Recording any minutes and correspondence.  The Lieutenant will provide a summary report of junior activity each month to be presented at the Town of Watertown Fire Department business meeting.  Such report shall include any change in members, awards, training events completed, etc.


Inactive Members

Any member shall be eligible to become an inactive member with at least five years of active service.  He/she has no rights or privileges of any kind, by reason of fighting fires, driving vehicles, or any other duties.  He/she shall have the right upon invitation of the Department, to attend all department functions and to be extended the courtesy to attend general membership meetings with no voting privileges.

Inactive Medical

TWFD recognizes that at times due to long term illness or non-fire department related injury an active member may not be able to complete all the necessary requirements to remain in an active status.  A member may request, in writing, to be moved to the "Inactive Medical" category.  The member can still participate in all social events and can attend meetings, however they will not be able to vote on department issues.  At the time when they feel able, they may request, in writing, with doctor’s approval, to be moved to "Active" member status.  Upon recommendation from the Executive Committee and by majority vote of the General Membership their status will change.


Active Reserve- Members who have served 20 years of active service are eligible for Active Reserve status.  Active Reserve members are exempt from the annual response percentage of 10%.  They are trained in on-scene support operations (i.e. driving, pumps, ladder placement, hose assistance, accountability, traffic and water supply).
An active member may request Active Reserve Status by meeting the following criteria:
Twenty (20) years as an active member of the Town of Watertown Volunteer Fire Department.
2.  Agrees to respond to incidents and activities for non-strenuous, non-physical   duties.
3.  Must receive the minimum OSHA required, eight hours safety training per     year.
4.  Must attend 50 percent of the regular meetings.
5.  Must be recommended by the Executive Committee.
 6.  Active Reserve Status must be approved by a majority vote of the membership     present.
 7.  Must make written application requesting active reserve status.

Initial Training Requirements (complete w/in 1 yr. of appointment):

Participation in a 2-hour in-service on department procedures, SOGs and protocols
Scene Support Operations Course
ICS 100
Training to the level of expected performance

Annual Requirements:

8 hours of emergency responder training (departmental, OFPC, NYSEMO or NFA)
2 hours of OSHA Station House Safety and Scene Safety training
Physical Exam by Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant
PPE Fit Test as determined by the Chief Officers
Attendance or approved absence from at least 75% of General Membership Meetings
Active participation on two committees
Participation at 2 fund raising events
Participation at 25% of all scheduled work details.

Continuing Training Requirements:

EVOC - OFPC (prior to driving apparatus)
ICS 200 or OFPC ICS Course (complete w/in 3 years of appointment)
EVOC - OFPC or department approved insurance company course (every   5 years)

Promotional to: Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief or Chief per guidelines for   each position.


Any member 65 or older, meeting inactive membership requirements, may make application to become a life member.  A life member shall have the same social benefits as active members, but may not perform emergency duty, nor vote.  This section also applies to members who have become permanently disabled.


Honorary membership may be bestowed upon any outstanding individual deemed worthy of this honor by a 2/3 majority vote of the members present.  This honorary member has no rights nor privileges under this membership except upon invitation of the Department.


A new member with the Department shall be on probationary period for one year.  They must attend at least Firefighter 1 within this time.  A new member shall not be eligible to drive district owned equipment until authorized by the Chief, Captain of the vehicle and the Board of Fire Commissioners, except for training purposes when accompanied by an approved training officer.


A member after one year of service in the department, may request a leave of absence for a period up to and not exceeding one year.  He/she shall upon request, be admitted to the department with a majority vote of the members present, at the next available opening.


A year of service shall be credited for one calendar year after establishment of the Award Program in which an active volunteer member accumulates at least 50 points.  Points shall be granted in accordance with the Service Award Program Point System.



The Town of Watertown Fire Department endorses the secure use of social media to enhance communication and information exchange; streamline processes; and foster productivity with its members.  This policy establishes this fire department’s position on the use and management of social media and provides guidelines on the management, administration, and oversight.  This policy is not meant to address one particular form of social media; rather social media in general in general terms as technology will outpace our ability to discover emerging technology and create policies governing its use.


Social media provides a valuable means of assisting the fire department and its members in meeting community education, community information, fire prevention, and other related organizational and community objectives.  This policy identifies possible uses that may be evaluated and utilized as deemed necessary to fire administrative and supervisory members.  This department also recognizes the role that social media tools may play in the personal lives of department members.  The personal use of social media can have an effect on fire departmental members in their official capacity as firefighters.  This policy is a means to provide a precautionary nature as well as restrictions on the use of social media by department members.

Blog: A self-published diary or commentary on a particular topic that may allow visitors to post responses, reactions, or comments.
Post: Content an individual shares on a social media site or the act of publishing content on a site.
Profile: Information that a user provides about himself or herself on a social networking site.
Social Media: A category of Internet based resources that enable the user to generate content and encourage other user participation.  This includes, but is not limited to, social networking sites: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, blogs, and other sites.  (There are thousands of these types of sites and this is only a short list.)
Social Networks: Platforms where users can create profiles, share information, and socialize with others using a range of technologies.
Speech: Expression or communication of thoughts or opinions in spoken words, in writing, by expressive conduct, symbolism, photographs, videotape, or related forms of communication.

1.  Strategic Policy for TWFD Social Media
Determine strategy
Each social media page shall include an introductory statement that clearly specifies the purpose and scope of the agency’s presence on the website.
Social Media page(s) should link to the department’s official website.
Social media page(s) shall be designed for the target audience(s) such as the community, civic leadership, members or potential recruits.
All department social media sites or pages shall be approved by the Chief of the Department or designee and shall be administered by the department’s designee.
Social media pages shall clearly indicate they are maintained by the fire department and shall have department logo and contact information prominently displayed.
Social media content shall adhere to applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
Social media pages should state that the opinions expressed by visitors to the page(s) do not reflect the opinions of the department.
Social Media pages shall clearly indicate that posted comments will be monitored and that the department designee reserves the right to remove obscenities, off-topic comments, and personal attacks.
Social Media pages shall clearly indicate that any content posted or submitted for posting is subject to public disclosure.

2.  Department-Sanctioned Use
Department members representing the department via social media outlets shall do the following:
The use of department computers by department members to access social media is prohibited without authorization from the TWFD designee.
Conduct themselves at all times as representatives of the department and, accordingly, shall adhere to all department standards of conduct and observe conventionally accepted protocols and proper decorum.
Identify themselves as a member of the department.
Post, transmit, or otherwise disseminate confidential information, including photographs or videos, related to department training, activities, or work-related assignments without permission.
Do not conduct political activities or private business.
Department members use of personally owned devices to manage the department’s social media activities or in the course of official duties is prohibited without permission.
Members shall observe and abide by all copyright, trademark, and service mark restrictions in posting materials to electronic media.

3.  Potential Uses
Social media is a valuable investigative tool when providing information about
road closures,
special events,
weather emergencies, and
major ongoing events in the jurisdiction that affects the entire community.
Membership Opportunities - Persons seeking membership and volunteer positions use the Internet to search for opportunities.

4.  Personal Use
Precautions and Prohibitions
Department members shall abide by the following when using social media.
Department members are free to express themselves as private citizens on social media sites to the degree that their speech does not impair working relationships of this department for which loyalty and confidentiality are important, impede the performance of duties, impair discipline and harmony among coworkers, or negatively affect the public perception of the department.
Department members are cautioned that their speech may not necessarily be protected speech under the First Amendment.
This may form the basis for discipline if deemed detrimental to the department.
Department members should assume that their speech and related activity on social media sites will reflect upon their position within the department and of this department.
Department members shall not post, transmit, or otherwise disseminate any information to which they have access as a result of their membership without permission from the Fire Chief or designee.
Adherence to the department’s code of conduct is required in the personal use of social media.  In particular, department members are prohibited from the following:
Speech containing obscene or sexually explicit language, images, or acts and statements or other forms of speech that ridicule, malign, disparage, or otherwise express bias against any race, any religion, or any protected class of individuals.
Speech involving themselves or other department members reflecting behavior that would reasonably be considered reckless or irresponsible.
Department members may not divulge information gained by reason of their membership; make any statements, speeches, appearances, and endorsements; or publish materials that could reasonably be considered to represent the views or positions of this department without express authorization.
Department membership should be aware that they may be subject to civil litigation for publishing or posting information that harms the reputation of another person, group, or organization otherwise known as defamation to include:
publishing or posting private facts and personal information about someone or  
 publishing the creative work of another, trademarks, or certain confidential business information.
Department members should be aware that privacy settings and social media sites are constantly changing, and they should never assume that personal information posted on such sites is protected.
Department members should expect that any information created, transmitted, downloaded, exchanged, or discussed in a public online forum may be accessed by the department at any time without prior notice.

Reporting violations.
Any member becoming aware of or having knowledge of a posting or of any website or web page in violation of the provision of this policy shall notify the chief or designee.
Violation of this social media policy will be brought to the Executive Committee for review and possible action being referred to the general membership.


The Chief shall appoint a number of members to act as Fire Police; one of said members to act as Captain.  They shall be sworn in before the Town Clerk to act with general police authorities during the time of fire or incident; keep unauthorized persons from interfering with the fighting of a fire, or the property involved, or entering the buildings where the fire is located; prevent all vehicles or conveyances from blocking the highways or interfering with the movements of the firefighters, fire apparatus, or equipment; and perform any act or duty naturally developing on police at the time of a fire or incident.


Policies and Procedures

A.  Stations and Facilities

1.  You are responsible for maintaining the bunk room and must assist in maintaining the station in a clean and orderly condition.  Cleaning supplies are provided at the station for this purpose.

2.  You may use kitchen facilities at any time for the preparation of meals and storage of food.  The kitchen is on the weekly duty schedule; however, ALL dishes, utensils, stove, refrigerator, microwave, and counter tops should be cleaned IMMEDIATELY after each use.

3.  You are responsible for leaving bathroom facilities in a clean and orderly condition after each use.  The shower facilities are also available to the membership.  Although this area is on the weekly duty schedule, it is the responsibility of each Student live-in to clean the shower area after each use.  Towels are to be hung up for drying.

4.  The bunk room is included on the weekly duty schedule.  It is your responsibility to keep it clean.  In order to ensure privacy and security, be sure to keep the bunkroom locked at all times when you are not in the room.  Key access is limited to you, Chief Officer, and the District Employee.  Any Chief Officer to include the District Employee and Bunk-in committee Chair can request access to the bunk room at any time.  If anyone else is found in your bunkroom, notify the Chief, District Employee or Bunk-in Chair person at once.  This room, as well as the rest of the station, will be subject to inspection by the Chief, District Employee and Bunk-in Chair at their discretion to ensure they are clean.

5.  While living at the Station 3, you are free to use the living room area at your leisure.  Keep in mind that this common room is open to ALL Town of Watertown Fire Department members.  This room is to be kept neat and orderly at all times.  Newspapers and magazines are to be stacked or kept in a rack of some type, as are videotapes, CD’s, etc.  Dishes and cups are to be returned to the kitchen upon leaving the area.

6.  You are expected to participate in special clean up or other details.  Your District Employee and/or Bunk-in Chairperson will provide advance notification of such activities.

7.  Pets of any kind are NOT permitted to be housed in the fire station.

8.  There will be NO pornographic/explicit, racist or extremist materials allowed on any Town of Watertown Fire Department property.

B.  Parking

1.  You are permitted to park one working, registered, inspected and insured personal vehicle at the station.

2.  Your vehicle may not be placed in the station apparatus bays or in front of any of the overhead doors at any time under normal circumstances without the approval of a Department Officer.

3.  Park your personal vehicle at the rear of Station 3.

4.  Persons not affiliated with the Town of Watertown Fire Department are prohibited from storing their property or vehicles in or on the department property.

C.  Utilities

1.  You are not expected to pay for use of the building utilities.  However we ask that you be conservative with the use of the utilities.  Lights in unoccupied rooms are to be turned off.

2.  The phones at each of the stations are for local calls only.  Use of this line should be limited to short duration local and calling card numbers.  No toll calls shall be made on the department telephones.  Incoming personal calls are to be held to a minimum.  You should furnish your relatives and friends with the proper telephone number at which you may be reached.  The Town of Watertown Fire Department will not pay for the additional phone bills or long distance calls.

D.  Station Security
1.  The station is equipped with electronic access locks.  You will be issued one encoded key.  You are responsible to ensure that this key is not lost or transferred to any other person.  A $25 reimbursable key deposit is required.

2.  You are required to accompany and escort non-fire department members inside the fire station.

3.  All minors entering the station for the purpose of visiting the Bunk-ins must be properly escorted at all times.  Persons of the opposite sex are not allowed in sleeping quarters with the door closed.  It is expected that you will use good judgment and not act inappropriately in such situations.  All guests shall not be allowed in the fire house between the hours of 2300hrs and 0800hrs.

E.  Emergency Response

1.  You are not to drive fire department vehicles.

2.  Bunk-ins WILL NOT respond to any fire emergencies or EMS calls in their privately owned vehicles.  They will report to a station and stand by.  Blue Light cards WILL NOT be issued to Bunk-in students.

3.  Bunk-ins at the Chief’s discretion are not permitted to go on mutual aid calls or to act as interior firefighters without the approval of the Chief of the Town of Watertown Fire Department.

F.  Turnout Gear

1.  The Town of Watertown Fire Department will not issue turn-out gear to Bunk-in students.  Bunk-ins will be required to wear their own department’s turnout gear as long as it meets OSHA standards.  Damage to another departments gear during an incident will be fixed or reimbursed by the Town of Watertown Fire Department.

2.  You are permitted to wear a particular item of personally owned turnout gear such as a leather helmet, leather boots, etc. not issued by the Town of Watertown Fire Department.  All turnout gear must be OSHA and/or NFPA compliant, meet Town of Watertown color criteria, and be approved by the Chief.  The Town of Watertown Fire Department shall not reimburse you for damage to personally owned turnout gear.

3.  There will be NO Turnout Gear permitted in the living quarters, common room, kitchen area; ALL Turnout Gear is to remain in the truck bay.

4.  In the event your gear becomes damaged or lost, notify the District Employee and/or the Bunk-in Chairperson immediately.

5.  Your gear may be carried in your personal vehicle while you are in the immediate area for response to the closest fire station, or for the Town of Watertown Fire Department business or training.  Be sure that your gear is out of sight and your vehicle is secured.  The gear is to be brought into the station and put in a locker when you are on assigned duty shift or retiring for the evening.

G.  Student Bunk-in status board

You are responsible to maintain your "in service" status on the status board.  As a member of the Town of Watertown Student Bunk-in program, when you are available to respond to alarms, you are "in service" and when you are not available to respond to alarms, you are "out of service".

H. Duty schedule and other obligations

1.  You are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the duty cleaning schedule issued by the District Employee and/or Bunk-in Chair person.  The Town of Watertown Fire Department will supply any cleaning materials necessary to complete the duty schedule.  In the event you are in need of additional supplies, submit a request to the District Employee.

2.  You may be asked to participate in a duty shift at any of the three stations as needed.

3.  You agree to provide a minimum of 25hrs weekly for first year students and 20hrs a week for second year students with a part time job between the hours of 0001hrs Monday and 2359hrs Friday of scheduled duty week in your assigned station.

4.  This agreement shall be in effect for the duration of the time that you participate in the program.  Modifications to this agreement may be made if necessary by written mutual agreement between you and the Bunk-in Chair.

5.  You are encouraged but not required to attend the Town of Watertown Fire Department monthly General Membership meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of every month, with the understanding that you are to observe only.  You do not have voting privileges.

I.  Duty Uniform requirements

Duty uniform for Bunk-ins will consist of the following:

 Shoes   Black shoes, boots, or sneakers, no open toed shoes authorized
 Shirts   Clean, sleeved and appropriate for public viewing
Pants   Clean without holes, during warm months shorts are appropriate

J. Discipline

Violation of the Town of Watertown Fire Department Bylaws, Standard Operating Guidance or this agreement will be reviewed by a disciplinary committee consisting of a the Chief Officer, a Commissioner, Captain (Line Officer), Bunk-in Chair, and District Employee.  A serious breach of discipline may result in IMMEDIATE dismissal.

K. Personal

1.  Personal hygiene and professional appearance are required when on duty.

2.  Tobacco use of any kind is prohibited on ALL fire district apparatus and on ALL fire district property.  Smoking materials shall be discarded in appropriate receptacles at designated smoking areas.

3.  The storage or consumption of alcohol on fire department property, whether on duty or not, is prohibited.  In New York State, consumption of alcohol by persons less than 21 years of age is prohibited.

4.  The storage or use of recreational drugs on fire department property is prohibited.  The fire department reserves the right to demand drug screening and notification of legal authorities if there is reasonable suspicion that you are engaged in the use of recreational drugs.

5.  Sexual, religious, racial and other forms of harassment are prohibited.

6.  Illness or injury requiring you to miss required duty shall be reported to the District Employee and/or the Bunk-in Chair person.

7.  Firearms on Town of Watertown Fire District property are prohibited per District Commissioners and will result in IMMEDIATE dismissal.

L.  Time-off request/home visits

During your time as a Student Bunk-in, you may wish to occasionally go home or on vacation.  Should you need time off, please contact the District Employee and/or the Bunk-in Chair.

M.  Outside employment during school term

During your first year Bunk-in students are encouraged to focus their attention on their education and familiarization with the Town of Watertown Fire Department organization and personnel.  Outside employment is prohibited for first year Bunk-ins.  Second, third, and fourth year Bunk-ins are permitted to acquire work with outside employment not to exceed 25hrs per week.  Outside employment must be coordinated with the Bunk-in Chair to ensure it does not interfere with your Live-in duties or your primary focus, YOUR EDUCATION.  Any questions regarding this matter, contact the Bunk-in Chair.

N. Educational

1.  You must maintain a minimum of a 2.50 Grade Point Average (GPA) in your respective educational programs to remain in the program.  Each student is required to submit a college copy of their grade, each semester, to the Bunk-in Chair.

2.  If you are placed under any form of academic discipline during your participation in this program, your situation must be reviewed with the Bunk-in Chair.  More than one semester of academic discipline WILL result in your dismissal from the Student Bunk-in program.

3.  You must remain a full time matriculated student (minimum of 12 Credit Hours per Semester) to maintain your status in the Student Bunk-in program and be an active member in good standing with a fire department in New York State, and be at least 18 years of age.  

4.  Bunk-in Students who are attending the Fire Science course and have not completed the Firefighter One (FF1) will complete FF1 (JCC Equivalent) within the first year.  All other students attending JCC who are pursuing degrees in other vocations must have graduated from a FF1 course prior to applying to our Bunk-in program

O.  Fire Department Training

1.  Regular departmental training is typically conducted on Wednesday evenings (1900-2100hrs).  There are various training opportunities throughout each month.  If you do not have academic or work obligations, then you are required to attend regular department drills.  Drill time will count towards your duty time.

2.  You must successfully complete the current Town of Watertown Fire Department Basic Firefighter Training Program within the first two months after acceptance into the Student Live-in Program (SEE ANNEX A).

3.  You must attain and maintain the status of Scene Support.

4.  A current CPR and AED card must be acquired with 60 days of acceptance into the program.  The fire department will offer this training.

5.  You must have completed New York State Fire Fighter 1 Course or NFPA 1001 Level 1 prior to being accepted into the program.   

6.  The Town of Watertown Fire Department strongly feels that training requirements are minimal and we encourage you to attend as much training as possible in order to become proficient in all aspects of fire fighting and EMS.  However, you must always make sure that your fire department activities do not interfere with your academic activities or requirements.  If you feel that any aspect of the program is interfering with your educational pursuits, you must bring this to the attention of the Bunk-in Chair.


SOGs shall be developed and administered by the SOG Committee and shall be approved by majority vote of members present of the general membership.


This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended only by the amendment to be acted upon having been approved at one regular meeting and voted upon favorably at the next regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present.  This Constitution must be updated regularly.


The meetings of this department shall be held monthly.  The Annual Meeting shall be held at the regular January meeting.  The fiscal year will be the calendar year.
2.  The Chief, Assistant Chiefs, Captains, Secretary, and Treasurer, shall be elected at the Annual Meeting by separate ballots for a  term of one year, or until a successor is elected.  The Chief, Assistant Chiefs and Captains shall be elected by TWFD members who have responded to 10% or more of the fire calls through the end of November.  The determination as to who has the privilege of voting will be announced at the December meeting preceding the January election.  A majority of the votes cast constitutes election.
3.    Three tellers shall be appointed by the Chief at each election and shall receive, count, and report on all votes in an open meeting.  The first appointed, shall be the Chair and conduct the election.
4.    Twenty (20) members shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting for the transaction of any business of the department.

Revised and adopted
May 2015


The Bylaws shall be a part of this Constitution and new bylaws made as necessary by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular meeting.  The Bylaws must be updated regularly.
I hereby agree to and find myself to abide by this Constitution and Bylaws and amendment or additions that may hereafter lawfully be made hereto.

Name-Printed    _____________________________

 Signed    _____________________________

Date     _____________________________

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