PART I. FIRE FIGHTING GENERALLY.
§8-15-1. Power and authority of governing body with respect to
The governing body of every municipality shall have plenary
power and authority to provide for the prevention and
extinguishment of fires, and, for this purpose, it may, among other
things, regulate how buildings shall be constructed, procure proper
engines and implements, provide for the organization, equipment and
government of volunteer fire companies or of a paid fire
department, prescribe the powers and duties of such companies or
department and of the several officers, provide for the appointment
of officers to have command of fire fighting, prescribe what their
powers and duties shall be, and impose on those who fail or refuse
to obey any lawful command of such officers any penalty which the
governing body is authorized by law to impose for the violation of
an ordinance. It may give authority to any such officer or
officers to direct the pulling down or destroying of any fence,
house, building or other thing, if deemed necessary to prevent the
spreading of a fire.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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