Borough of Fort Lee, NJ
Bergen County
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A Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Borough of Fort Lee is hereby established.
Within the Bureau of Fire Prevention is hereby created the office of Chief Combustible Inspector. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall consist of a Fire Prevention Advisory Committee, the Chief Combustible Inspector, a secretary and such additional employees to assist the Chief Combustible Inspector as the Mayor and Council may deem necessary.
The Chief Combustible Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Borough shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council. The Chief Combustible Inspector shall at all times be responsible to the Mayor and Council and shall also act and operate in coordination with the Fire Department of Fort Lee.
The office of Chief Combustible Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Prevention all be considered a full time employment, eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, excluding legal holidays as defined by the Mayor and Council, excluding vacations as per schedule. The Chief Combustible Inspector shall be in the office approximately two hours (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) a day and shall inspect and perform the other necessary functions outside of the office for approximately six hours a day. The Chief Combustible Inspector must set his hours so that they can be as uniform as possible. The annual salary payable to the Chief Combustible Inspector and all other inspectors shall be as set forth in the salary ordinance of the Borough. All combustible inspectors shall also be required to wear a full regulation fire uniform and a summer uniform at all times during his hours of employment.
A. 
The Chief Combustible Inspector shall be selected and appointed from those firemen who have served as such in a permanent capacity for at least five years next preceding as an active member of a fire company of the Borough in the Fire Department of the Borough, and also the Chief Combustible Inspector must be and remain a resident of the Borough in order to continue to hold the office of Chief Combustible Inspector, subject to the provisions of Subtitle 3 of Title 11 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey (1937), generally known as the "Civil Service Law."[1] Before an individual shall qualify for the office of Chief Combustible Inspector, the individual shall have been employed by the Borough as a civil service certified inspector for at least two years prior to the making of application for a Chief Combustible Inspector.
[1]
Editor's Note: See no N.J.S.A. 11A:1-1 et seq., the Civil Service Act.
B. 
To qualify for appointment as a Combustible Inspector, the individual shall be selected and appointed from those firemen who have served as such in a permanent capacity for at least five years next preceding as an active member of a fire company of the Borough in the Fire Department of the Borough and also the Combustible Inspector must be and remain a resident of the Borough in order to continue to hold the office of Combustible Inspector subject to the provisions of Subtitle 3 of Title 11 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey (1937), generally known as the "Civil Service Law."[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See no N.J.S.A. 11A:1-1 et seq., the Civil Service Act.
There is hereby created a Fire Prevention Advisory Committee to serve in advising the Chief of the Fire Department and the Chief Combustible Inspector in matters concerning the Fire Prevention Code. The Fire Prevention Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Chief of the Fire Department to serve their terms during good behavior and satisfactory services and shall not be removed from office except by written order by the Fire Chief showing cause. The Fire Prevention Advisory Committee shall consist of two active ex-Chiefs from each of the four districts in the Borough, thus totaling eight members who shall be appointed by the Chief of the Fire Department. The term of the two members from each fire district shall be as follows: One to serve for one year; one to serve for two years. No active officer of the Fire Department shall be appointed as a member of the Fire Prevention Advisory Committee; provided, however, that in the event that there are not sufficient active ex-Chiefs to serve as members of the Fire Prevention Advisory Committee, then, in that event, there shall be appointed in their place and stead the highest ranking active officer of the particular fire district.
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The Chief Combustible Inspector shall make monthly reports and the reports shall be submitted to the Chief of the Fire Department at the regular monthly meeting of the Fire Prevention Advisory Committee and a copy of such report shall be sent to the Mayor and Council of the Borough. The reports shall contain such statistics and details as shall be deemed necessary by the Fire Chief and the Mayor and Council.
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The Chief Combustible Inspector shall attend the meetings of the Fire Prevention Advisory Committee.
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It shall be the duty of the Chief Combustible Inspector to inspect all buildings and premises except the interiors of private dwellings for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire or any violations of the provisions or intent of the fire prevention code and of any other ordinance affecting the fire hazard and to insure compliance in all places of assembly with all laws, regulations and orders dealing with overcrowding, use of decorative materials, maintenance of exitways and maintenance of fire alarms and fire detecting systems and fire extinguishing systems and appliances and to perform such other duties as may from time to time be deemed necessary. The Chief Combustible Inspector shall inspect, as often as may be necessary, but not fewer than four times a year, all specially hazardous manufacturing processes, storages or installations of gases, chemicals, oils, explosives and flammable materials, all interior fire alarms and automatic sprinkler systems and such other hazards or appliances as the Chief Combustible Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall deem necessary and shall make reports of such hazards to the Fire Chief and the Mayor and Council of the Borough and the Chief Combustible Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall issue such summons as may be necessary for the enforcement of the laws and ordinances governing the same and for the safeguarding of life and property from fire.
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The Chief Combustible Inspector shall also inspect those premises which the Fire Chief shall deem necessary for the purpose of maximum protection and safety of the firemen in their duty.
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The Chief Combustible Inspector shall be responsible for the collection of all fees and he shall turn over and deliver to the Tax Collector of the Borough all moneys so received semimonthly.
There is hereby established a Secretary to the Chief Combustible Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Prevention. The Secretary shall be appointed by the Mayor and with confirmation by the Council. The duties of the Secretary shall be as follows:
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To issue applications and permits after approval of the Chief Combustible Inspector.
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To perform all those other functions as may be deemed necessary by the Chief and the Chief Combustible Inspector for the purposes of the bureau of the fire prevention.
The office of the Secretary of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. daily, except legal holidays and weekends, and such other hours as designated by resolution of Mayor and Council.
Nothing herein contained shall operate to prevent the Chief Combustible Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Prevention from making any inspection herein referred to.
It is hereby declared by the Mayor and Council of the Borough that the provisions of this chapter and the codes adopted hereunder shall be prospective and shall relate to buildings erected, constructed or materially altered after July 7, 1971, and in no way shall the provisions of this chapter be deemed or considered retroactive.
Anything to the contrary herein notwithstanding, the provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to alter or otherwise affect the provisions of the Zoning Code of the Borough or any amendments or supplements thereto.