Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighting, Leadership

Preston v. City of Pleasant Hill

Issue 01 and Volume 166.

By DAVID “CHIP” COMSTOCK JR. The City of Pleasant Hill, Io- wa’s, Code of Ordinances (Code) established the Pleasant Hill (IA) Volunteer Fire Department (PHVFD) “to prevent and extinguish fires … [to] protect lives and property against fires, … [to] promote fire prevention and fire safety, and [to] answer emergency calls.” The department consists of the chief and such other officers and personnel as may be authorized by the city’s council. The council appoints the chief after giving due consideration to the recommendation of the department members. The chief is authorized to appoint 45 volunteer firefighters who are subject to call at any time. Pleasant Hill adopted the 2003 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC), subject to certain amendments. The IFC created a “Department of Fire Prevention” in Pleasant Hill “under the direction of the Fire Code Official.” The fire code official has authority to (1) enforce the IFC;…

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