Section 20-64 General Authority at Fires

(a) The officer in command shall have authority to summon aid, and no citizen so summoned may refuse to help in extinguishing the fire or in protecting exposed property.

(b) During the continuance of a fire, the fire chief, his assistant or the mayor shall have authority to call upon any citizen to render assistance in pulling down or demolishing any building or in removing goods or furniture from a building on fire or in danger of fire, but not without the consent of the officer of the fire department or the police department who may be in charge.

(c) It shall be unlawful to congregate on the streets or alleys near a fire in a manner which would interfere with the activities of the fire department.

(d) In the event of an alarm of fire the apparatus of the fire department responding to it shall have the right-of-way in and upon all streets, lanes, alleys and other public ways.
(Code 1981, § 3-2004)