The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 10: Conservation and Development


Sub-Chapter 04: Forest Fires And Fire Prevention

10 V.S.A. § 2641. Fire wardens, appointment and removal

§ 2641. Fire wardens, appointment and removal

(a) Upon approval by the select-board and acceptance by the appointee, the commissioner shall appoint a town forest fire warden for a term of five years or until a successor is appointed. The warden may be removed for cause at any time by the commissioner with the approval of the select-board. A warden shall comply with training requirements established by the commissioner by rule.

(b) The commissioner may appoint a forest fire warden for an unorganized town or gore, who shall hold office until he or she resigns or is removed for cause. The forest fire warden shall have the same powers and duties as town forest fire wardens.

(c) When there are woodlands within the limits of a city or incorporated village, the chief of the fire department of such city or village shall act as city or village fire warden with all the powers and duties of town forest fire wardens.

(d) When the commissioner deems it difficult in any municipality for one warden to take charge of protecting the entire municipality from forest fires, he may appoint one or more deputy forest fire wardens. Such wardens under the direction of the fire warden shall have the same powers, duties and pay and make the same reports through the fire warden to the commissioner as forest fire wardens.

(e) The commissioner may appoint special forest fire wardens who shall hold office during the pleasure of the commissioner. Such fire wardens shall have the same powers and duties throughout the state as town forest fire wardens, except that all expenses and charges incurred on account of their official acts shall be paid from the appropriations for the department. (Added 1977, No. 253 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 107, § 1.)