Township of Hamilton, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton 11-1-1999 by Ord. No. 1345-1999. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Emergency management — See Ch. 22.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 60.
Police Department — See Ch. 70.
Alarm Systems — See Ch. 99.
Fire Prevention — See Ch. 170.
Hazardous substances — See Ch. 188.
Fire insurance claims — See Ch. 195.

§ 23-1 Establishment.

There is hereby established in the Township of Hamilton, County of Atlantic and State of New Jersey, the Hamilton Township Emergency Services Advisory Board.

§ 23-2 Appointment; members; officers.

[Amended 11-3-2003 by Ord. No. 1479-2003]
The Mayor, in his discretion, shall appoint the members of the Hamilton Township Emergency Services Advisory Board, which shall consist of the following members:
A. 
The Chief or Chief's designee in each of the five fire departments.
B. 
The Chief or the Chief's designee of the dive team.
C. 
The Emergency Management Coordinator.
D. 
The Township Committee Liaison of Public Safety.
E. 
Up to three residents of the Township.
F. 
The Chief of Police.
G. 
The Chief or Chief's designee in each of the rescue squads.

§ 23-3 Terms of office.

Except for the initial year, all members of the Board shall be appointed for a one-year term, commencing January 1 and ending December 31 of said year. Any vacancy may be filled for the expiration of the said year.

§ 23-4 Purpose of Board.

[Amended 11-3-2003 by Ord. No. 1479-2003]
To advise the Township Committee as a formal Board and in a formal manner regarding the requisite needs of the Township regarding emergency services (i.e., apparatus, equipment, SOPs, budget, manpower, etc.). In voting upon any matter to come before the Board, no fire chief shall vote on any issue coming within the sole purview of the Police Department or Rescue Squad. Similarly, no member of the Police Department may vote upon any matter coming within the sole purview of the Fire Department or Rescue Squad. Lastly, no member of the Rescue Squad may vote upon any issue coming within the sole purview of the Fire Department or the Police Department.

§ 23-5 Duties of Board.

[Amended 6-5-2012 by Ord. No. 1720-2012]
The duties of the Board shall be to advise the Township Committee on the following matters:
A. 
Elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from within the Committee.
B. 
Ensure each local government agency is aware of and carries out its responsibilities associated with emergency services management and fire prevention and control.
C. 
Review requests for the purchase of new equipment and other matters and make recommendations on same.
D. 
Evaluate funding levels and budget allotments for replacement of small equipment, personal protective equipment, pagers, radios, and the repair of equipment, apparatus and sirens.
E. 
Coordinate recruitment drives.
F. 
Review and evaluate the impact of incentive programs, such as pension programs, on recruitment and retention of volunteer personnel.
G. 
Administer and coordinate the Township fire prevention programs in conjunction with the Fire Official.
H. 
Settle jurisdictional disputes.
I. 
Review and approve Township and adjacent area mutual aid plans.
J. 
Evaluate the need for ancillary emergency response programs, such as hazardous materials management, confined space rescue and water, fire and rescue services.
K. 
Justify, endorse and recommend funding levels to the Township Committee to accomplish the objectives of those programs deemed valuable to the Township's citizens.
L. 
Evaluate, review and modify Fire Protections and Control Master Plan on an as-needed basis, in accordance with changing Township conditions.

§ 23-6 Powers and duties.

The Emergency Services Advisory Board shall have no power to purchase its own real estate or to enter into any contracts.

§ 23-7 Intent.

It is the intent of this chapter that the Board shall be solely advisory, consisting of those members appointed by the Mayor. The Board shall have no authority to expend any funds, and no funds shall be appropriated in any budget for the Board.

§ 23-8 Conflict with other ordinances.

Should there be any conflict between the terms and provisions of this chapter and any existing emergency management ordinances in the Township of Hamilton, such conflict shall be resolved liberally towards the end of carrying out the express salutary purpose and intent of this chapter and any existing emergency management ordinances.