Constitutions and Bylaws


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Bylaw Changes:

Bylaws revised  4/20/ 2015

Change Fire Prevention to Fire Prevention & Accident Prevention.

12/2012: SECTION 5. Lifetime / Honorary Membership
Lifetime Member: Any retired member with at least  20 years of active service or line of duty death.
Honorary Member: Any person nominated by an active member and approved by majority vote of the department. This member does NOT have a right to vote.

SECTION 4.Requirements for Probationary members
A. To become a probationary member, an applicant must complete an application form, pass a police background check and agree to conform to the Constitutions and Bylaws and any other rules or requirements as set forth by the department. The applicant must be accepted by the department membership which majority has the authority to accept or reject any applications.

B. Probationary members must serve a minimum probationary period of twelve (12) months with two (2) months being a provisional probationary period.

C. Provisional Probationary period will be the first two (2) months of the twelve (12) required months. Applicant must sign an informed consent and release form before responding to calls.

Once completed this will count towards total years of service for all elected and appointed positions as well as any and all service awards. During the probationary period, a probationary member shall attend a majority of meetings and drills, subject to availability and attend all other paged events as deemed necessary by the Application Review Committee. Any waiver of these requirements will require majority approval of the Application Review Committee. Probationary members will not be able to vote at membership meetings or vote in Department elections. Probationary members will not receive or be permitted to display an emergency light. Probationary members shall not respond directly to any scene unless specifically authorized, they shall initially respond to the fire station. Probationary members shall not respond on their own to any mutual aid call. They may respond with a piece of apparatus if seating is available. A probationary member seeking full active status must complete an introduction to Firefighter Course or in house equivalent or at least 60 percent of the Fire Fighter One course or a Certified First Responder or EMT course within 1 year of joining the Department or he/she will not progress from probationary status.

Harassment / Hazing/ Report

SECTION A: Sexual Harassment/Bullying/Abuse
Members of the WRVFD strictly prohibit the act of sexual harassment/bullying/abuse discrimination, in any form. No member shall take part in activities deemed sexual harassment and/or abuse discrimination, and if any member is found participating in such acts, we, the members, reserve the right to take all necessary actions to correct this behavior for the betterment of the organization. The organization will not tolerate or condone any form of abusive or discriminatory behavior on the part of its members, whether physical, mental, or emotional in respect to sex, race, ethnicity, physical or emotional handicap, age, marital status, or sexual orientation. This includes any actions not limited to sexual assault, verbal harassment, or deemed demeaning to all.

No member of the Wood River Vol. Fire Department shall take part in hazing activities, and if any member is found participating in such acts, we, the members, reserve the right to take all necessary actions to correct this behavior for the betterment of the organization. Hazing activities are defined as (but not limited to): any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off organization premises or during organization functions, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Training activities are not defined as hazing.

SECTION C: Responsibility to Report
If this organization becomes aware of any such conduct described in this article, The Wood River Vol. Fire Dept. will report it immediately. This can be done anonymously. If complaint is merited the forward process will follow the disciplinary procedures in article #8.