Question: Should section be amended to reorganize the command staff of the Fire Force to include six Deputy Chiefs of Fire, four Commanders of Fire and a seventh Deputy Chief or fifth Commander for homeland security, to be appointed by the Mayor from persons recommended by the Fire Chief with the concurrence of the Safety Director from either the ranks of the Fire Force or outside the division and serve at the pleasure of the Mayor, and that, upon termination in the new opposition, the officers appointed from the ranks revert to the civil service status held at the time of appointment? (This is an alternative to Proposal #71.)

Proposed Language:

§ 118     Fire Force; Control by Chief

The Fire Force shall consist of a Chief, six Deputy Chiefs of Fire, four Commanders of Fire and other officers, firefighters and employees as may be provided by ordinance or resolution of the Council. The Mayor may appoint a seventh Deputy Chief or a fifth Commander to protect the people from homeland security threats. In case of riot, conflagration, or like emergency the Mayor may appoint additional firefighters and officers for temporary service who need not be in the classified service. The Fire Chief, the Deputy Chiefs of Fire, and the Commanders of Fire shall be appointed by the Mayor from the division of fire or they may be persons appointed from outside the division who shall have had training and experience in fire fighting and they shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor; provide, however, that the Mayor shall appoint to the positions of Deputy Chief of Fire and Commander of Fire from among persons recommended by the Chief of Fire with the concurrence of the executive head of the Fire Force if the executive head be other than the Mayor. Upon termination of their service as Chief of Fire, Deputy Chief of Fire, or Commander of Fire they shall, if appointed from the division of fire, revert to the civil service status held by them at the time of appointment, in so far as it is competent for this charter so to provide. The Fire Chief shall have exclusive control of the stationing and transfer of all firefighters and other officers and employees constituting the Fire Force under rules and regulations as may be established by the Mayor or by the director of the department of which the Fire Chief may be immediately responsible.

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