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31.10.040 Organization.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinance No. 181956, effective June 25, 2008.)

A.   The Fire Bureau shall administer the provisions of this Title unless otherwise specified in this Title.

B.   The Fire Chief shall be responsible for all fire prevention efforts in the City and for enforcing the provisions of this Title or any subsequent amendments to the same.

C.   The personnel of the Fire Prevention Division shall consist of a Fire Marshal and as many Deputy Chief Fire Marshals, Fire Captains, Senior Fire Inspectors, Fire Inspectors and other employees as may be allowed and provided by the Fire Chief and City Council. Such personnel may act to enforce provisions of this Title as assigned by the Fire Marshal. The Fire Marshal shall report directly to the Fire Chief.

D.   There shall be, in the Fire Prevention Division of the Fire Bureau, a section designated as the "Fire and Arson Investigation Unit", which shall be considered a law enforcement unit of the City of Portland. Personnel assigned to this unit shall be designated peace officers, for fire and life safety purposes including determining the cause of fires, for detecting arson, and for enforcing this Code and any other codes, rules or regulations incorporated therein. This unit shall be charged with the enforcement of the criminal laws of the State of Oregon relating to the crimes of arson, reckless burning, insurance fraud, and other related crimes.