Question: Shall a new Charter section be enacted (Charter Section 118-1) and other sections be amended to authorize the Director of Port Control to establish an airport rescue and fire force as of January 1, 2009 led by a Chief of Airport Rescue and Fire appointed by the Director of Port Control with the approval of the Mayor who shall have exclusive control the stationing and transfer of officers and employees in the airport police force?

Proposed Language:

§ 118     Fire Force; Control by Chief

Except as provided in Section 118-1 of this Charter, the Fire Force shall consist of a Chief and such other officers, firemen and employees as may be provided by ordinance or resolution of the Council. In case of riot, conflagration, or like emergency the Mayor may appoint additional firemen and officers for temporary service who need not be in the classified service. Except as provided in Section 118-1 of the Charter, the Fire Chief shall have exclusive control of the stationing and transfer of all firemen and other officers and employees constituting the Fire Force under such rules and regulations as may be established by the Mayor or by the director of the department of which the said Fire Chief may be immediately responsible.

§ 118-1     Airport Rescue and Fire Force; Control by the Director of Port Control [NEW]

As of January 1, 2009, the Director of Port Control is authorized to establish an Airport Rescue and Fire Force consisting of a Chief and such other officers, firemen and employees as may be provided by ordinance of Council. The Airport Fire Force shall provide aircraft rescue, pre-hospital care and fire first responder services to the City-owned airports in addition to the Fire Force. The Chief of Airport Rescue and Fire shall be appointed by the Director of Port Control with the approval of the Mayor, shall have had training and experience in fire protection, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Director of Port Control. The Chief of Airport Rescue and Fire shall have exclusive control of the stationing and transfer of officers and employees constituting the Airport Rescue and Fire Force, under such rules and regulations as may be established by the Director of Port Control.