From the City Charter:
Sec. 11-01: Maintenance; temporary appointments
The city council of the City of Hamtramck shall maintain an efficient fire department for the protection of the people and property located therein, and shall provide all necessary apparatus and equipment and make provision for a suitable and adequate supply of water for the use of the department for extinguishing fires. In cases of emergency and danger, the mayor shall have the power to authorize the chief of the fire department to appoint temporarily such number of firemen and special officers in addition to the regular fire department, as in the judgment of the chief of the fire department the particular occasion may require.
Sec. 11-02: Fire chief, firemen; appointment
The city manager shall appoint a chief of the fire department and such number of firemen and other officers in the department as the council shall by ordinance or resolution direct to be appointed. He shall in the same manner fill all vacancies that may occur in the department from time to time as are permitted by the budget of the city.
Sec. 11-03: Fire department, supervision
The chief of the fire department shall at all times be subject to the supervision of the city manager, and shall have supervision and direction of the fire department and all fire fighters and other employees thereof.
Sec. 11-04: Extinguishing fires; authority to command aid; violation, penalty
The chief of the fire department or other officer acting as such may command any person present at a fire to aid in extinguishing thereof and to assist in the preservation of life or property. If any person shall willfully disobey any such lawful requirement or other lawful order of such officer, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as in this charter provided.
Sec. 11-05: Fire hazards, nuisances; abatement
Every building or structure which may be erected, placed, enlarged, or kept in violation of any provisions of this charter or of any ordinance or regulation lawfully made for the prevention of fires, or any material which shall be stored or kept in violation of this charter or any ordinance or regulation lawfully made for the prevention of fires, is hereby declared to be a nuisance and, except as otherwise in this charter provided, the same may be abated or removed by the direction of the council, after notice as may be provided in State law of a hearing before Council provided to the property owner, with an opportunity to appear, present evidence and witnesses, and to cross-examine any witnesses.
Sec. 11-06: Fire chief, firemen, department employees; compensation
The chief of the fire department and all officers, firemen, and employees of the fire department shall receive such compensation as the council may prescribe.