Connecticut Seal

Substitute Senate Bill No. 393

Public Act No. 02-20


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 7-313a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The authorities having the supervision of the fire department of any town, city, borough or district may appoint such number of persons, within available appropriations, as they deem necessary to be fire [policemen] police officers of such municipality or district, who shall have the powers and perform the duties in such municipality or district as designated and authorized by the fire chief of such municipality or district, and such fire [policemen] police officers may exercise such powers and duties in any adjoining municipality or district while on duty with the fire department or with a cooperating fire department, where the department is engaged in mutual assistance. Such powers and duties shall include traffic control and regulation and may be exercised by such fire police during any fire drill or fire call or at any other time when such fire police are serving with the fire department, with any other fire department in an adjoining municipality or district or with any fire department rendering mutual assistance. Each such fire [policeman] police officer shall, while in the performance of his or her duties as such, wear his or her badge of office in plain view of any observer. Each such fire [policeman] police officer, while directing traffic, shall wear a white helmet with the words "Fire Police" in red letters on the front thereof or regulation fire-police dress uniform cap, provided any such fire [policeman] police officer, wearing such cap after dark or in inclement weather, shall also wear a traffic safety vest, orange or lime green raincoat or any reflectorized orange or lime green outer clothing, and in each case shall carry a flashlight, which shall have a red wand and be capable of projecting a clear light for the purpose of illumination at nighttime. Such helmet, cap, vest, raincoat or outer clothing, badge and flashlight shall be supplied by the appointing municipality or district.

Approved May 6, 2002