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Article 11C - Department of Emergency Services - Code


Section 11-C.01 Organization.
  11-C.02 Powers and duties.
  11-C.03 Division of emergency medical services.
  11-C.04 Division of fire safety.
  11-C.05 Division of civil defense/disaster preparedness.
  11-C.06 Absence, disability or vacancy.
  11-C.07 Advisory boards.

Section 11 C.01 Organization. The department of emergency services shall be headed by a commissioner who shall organize the department, under the supervision of the county executive, into:

  1. a division of emergency medical services;
  2. a division of fire safety;
  3. a division of civil defense/disaster preparedness.

Section 11 C.02 Power and duties. The commissioner of emergency services shall have and exercise all the powers and duties granted or imposed by the laws of the state of New York upon a county director of emergency medical services, a county fire coordinator, a county director of civil defense and a county director of disaster preparedness and all the duties heretofore or hereafter lawfully granted or imposed by the county charter, by this code, by local law, ordinance or resolution of the county legislature, by order or direction of the county executive, or by applicable provision of any act of the state legislature not inconsistent with the county charter or this code.

Section 11 C.03 Division of emergency medical services. The division of emergency medical services shall be headed by a deputy commissioner who shall be appointed by the county executive, subject to confirmation by the county legislature, to serve at the pleasure of the county executive. The deputy commissioner of emergency medical services shall, when so directed by the commissioner, have and exercise any or all of the powers and duties vested in and imposed upon a county director of emergency medical services by the laws of the state of New York and any related powers and duties heretofore or hereafter lawfully granted or imposed by the county charter, by this code, by local law, ordinance or resolution of the county legislature, by order or direction of the county executive, or by applicable provision of any act of the state legislature not inconsistent with the county charter or this code.

Section 11 C.04 Division of fire safety. The division of fire safety shall be headed by a deputy commissioner who shall be appointed by the county executive, subject to confirmation by the county legislature, to serve at the pleasure of the county executive. The deputy commissioner of fire safety shall, when so directed by the commissioner, have and exercise any or all of the powers and duties vested in and imposed upon a county fire coordinator by the laws of the state of New York and any related powers and duties heretofore or hereafter lawfully granted or imposed by the county charter, by this code, by local law, ordinance or resolution of the county legislature, by order or direction of the county executive, or by applicable provision of any act of the state legislature not inconsistent with the county charter or this code.

Section 11 C.05 Division of civil defense/disaster preparedness. The division of civil defense/disaster preparedness shall be headed by a deputy commissioner who shall be appointed by the county executive, subject to confirmation by the county legislature, to serve at the pleasure of the county executive. The deputy commissioner of civil defense/disaster preparedness shall, when so directed by the commissioner: have and exercise any or all of the powers and duties vested in and imposed upon a local director of civil defense under the New York state defense emergency act; develop, make public and regularly amend a county disaster preparedness plan, in accordance with article two B of the executive law, for the coordination of emergency services in the event of natural or other disaster or emergency; coordinate the provision of disaster and emergency assistance by local disaster preparedness and civil defense forces in the event such assistance is requested by the chief executive of any city, town or village within the county; have and exercise any related powers and duties heretofore or hereafter lawfully granted or imposed by the county charter, by this code, by local law, ordinance or resolution of the county legislature, by order or direction of the county executive, or by applicable provision of any act of the state legislature not inconsistent with the county charter or this code.

Section 11 C.06Absence, disability or vacancy. The commissioner shall designate in a writing filed in the office of the Erie county clerk the relative rank of the deputy commissioners, including: the order in which each is to temporarily succeed to the duties of the commissioner during his absence or disability or in the event of a vacancy in such office, and; the order in which each deputy commissioner is to temporarily succeed to the duties of any other deputy commissioner during the absence or disability, or in the event of a vacancy in the office, of such other deputy commissioner.

Section 11 C.07Advisory boards. The county executive shall appoint the following advisory boards:

  1. Emergency medical services advisory board: This board shall be composed of no fewer than fifteen and no more than twenty five members appointed by the county executive for two year terms. One third of the members shall be active members of volunteer fire companies operating rescue squads or ambulance services and the remaining membership shall be elected officials or their representatives, representatives of ambulance services, hospitals, fire department emergency and rescue squads, public health officers and other agencies, organizations or citizens involved in the planning or provision of emergency medical services. The county executive shall designate one of the members to serve as chairman. It will be the duty of such board to cooperate with the state health departmentos bureau of emergency medical services in effectuating the purposes for which the bureau was established in relation to programs for emergency medical services; to act as an advisory board to the county executive, the county legislature, the commissioner of emergency services and the deputy commissioner of emergency medical services in connection with county establishment and maintenance of a county emergency medical services and mutual aid program for medical and other emergencies in which the services of emergency medical personnel would be used. Members of such board shall be county officers and shall serve without compensation.
  2. Fire Advisory Board: This board shall be composed of twenty-five (25) members appointed by the County Executive for two years. At least eight of the members shall be active or exempt members of volunteer fire companies. It shall be the duty of such board to cooperate with the state office of fire prevention and control in effectuating the purposes for which the office was established in relation to programs for fire training and mutual aid; to act as an advisory body to the county executive, the county legislature, the commissioner of emergency services and the deputy commissioner of fire safety in connection with county participation in programs for fire training and mutual aid, county establishment and maintenance of a county fire training school and mutual aid programs for fire and other emergencies in which the services of firemen would be used; and to perform such other duties as the county executive, the county legislature, the commissioner of emergency services or the deputy commissioner of fire safety may prescribe in relation to fire training and mutual aid for fire and other emergencies in which the services of firemen would be used; and to perform such other duties as the county executive, the county legislature, the commissioner of emergency services or the deputy commissioner of fire safety may prescribe in relation to fire training and mutual aid for fire and other emergencies in which the services of firemen would be used. The members of such board shall be county officers and shall serve without compensation. The terms of the office of the incumbent members of the fire advisory board shall continue for the periods for which such members shall have been appointed.
    Amended by Local Law No. 3 1990.
    Amended by Local Law 4-2003.
  3. Civil defense/disaster preparedness advisory board: This board shall be composed of no fewer than fifteen and no more than twenty five members who shall be appointed by the county executive for two year terms. One third of the members shall be active members of voluntary fire companies and the remainder shall be elected officials or their representatives, representatives of organizations involved in civil defense and disaster preparedness and other citizens of the county. The commissioner of environment and planning, the sheriff, the commissioner of public works and the commissioner of health shall be ex officio members. The county executive shall designate one of the members to serve as chairman. It shall be the duty of such board to cooperate with the state civil defense commission and the state natural disasters commission in effectuating the purposes for which the commissions were established in relation to programs for civil defense and disaster preparedness; to act as an advisory board to the county executive, the county legislature, the commissioner of emergency services and the deputy commissioner of civil defense/disaster preparedness in connection with county participation in programs for civil defense and disaster preparedness, county establishment and maintenance of county civil defense and disaster preparedness plans and programs for natural or other disasters or emergencies in which the services of civil defense forces or emergency personnel would be used; to perform such other duties as the county executive, the county legislature, the commissioner of emergency services or the deputy commissioner of civil defense/disaster preparedness may prescribe in relation to civil defense and disaster preparedness programs for natural or other disasters or emergencies in which the services of emergency personnel would be used. The members of such board shall be county officers and shall serve without compensation.

The chairman of the emergency medical services advisory board, the fire advisory board and the civil defense/disaster preparedness advisory board shall each designate a member of their respective advisory boards, or themselves, to form a four member steering committee to act as a liaison between the county executive, the county legislature and the commissioner of emergency services relative to the coordination and development of plans and programs for emergency medical services, fire safety, civil defense and disaster preparedness purposes. The fourth member of the steering committee shall be appointed by the county executive and shall serve as the chairman thereof.
NEW article 11 C Added by Local Law No. 1 1986.
Article 11 C REPEALED by Local Law No. 1 1986.
Article 11 C Added by Local Law No. 4 1972.