[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Glen Rock 12-13-1971 by Ord. No. 763 as Ch. IV of the 1971 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The officers of the Fire Department shall consist of one Chief, an Assistant Chief, a Captain and three Lieutenants.
All officers shall be elected by the members of the Department in strict conformity with the bylaws of the Department. They shall hold their office for one year or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. The names of the successful candidates for any office shall be reported by the Department to the Council at the next regular meeting of the Council held after the election. The officers shall be confirmed by the Council before they are qualified to perform their duties.
Chief. The Chief shall have charge of the Department at all times and places except business meetings and social functions. He or she shall be responsible for the maintenance of proper discipline and shall enforce the regulations of the Department. It shall be his or her duty to bring charges against any member committing a violation of the rules and regulations of the Department. The Chief shall receive reports from the Captain as specified herein, control and direct the action of all officers and fire fighters at any fire and parade, maintain general superintendence over the entire Department, make reports and recommendations, in writing, monthly to the company and Borough Council, note all violations relating to the Department and the extinguishment of fires which may come to his or her knowledge and report the same to the Council and Police Department for prosecution. It shall also be the duty of the Chief to present the Department's yearly report to the Mayor and Council, a copy of which shall be turned over to the secretary of the company. The Chief shall, two months previous to the annual meeting, call a meeting of the officers of the Department to prepare the budget for the ensuing year and present the proposed budget at the November meeting for discussion and approval.
Assistant Chief. The Assistant Chief shall take charge and assume control of the Department in the absence of the Chief. He or she shall keep a record of all alarms and all fires which may occur within the borough indicating the cause when it can be determined, a description of the building damaged or destroyed, the names of the owners and occupants, the amount of damage in each case and, as far as can be ascertained, the amount of insurance. He or she shall keep a record of the attendance at firehouse committee meetings and extra duties. The record shall be kept as to each member of the Department and posted monthly. Final yearly attendance averages shall be posted not later than December 1.
Captain. The Captain shall be responsible for the proper care of the engine house and fire apparatus and all other property belonging to the borough and entrusted to the company under his or her command. He or she shall see that the same is kept clean and in order for immediate use and report all damage immediately to the Chief. He or she shall obey all orders of the Chief or Assistant Chief.
Lieutenants. In the absence of the Captain, the Lieutenants shall perform the duties of the Captain and shall aid the Captain in the performance of his or her duties. The Lieutenants shall be in charge of a truck assigned to them by the Chief under the direct order of the Captain.
Engineer and assistant engineers. The engineer and assistant engineers shall be appointed by the Chief subject to approval by the Mayor and Council. These appointments shall be made at the first monthly meeting of each year. They shall continue to serve at the pleasure of the Chief. The engineer must be a member with a minimum of three years of service, and the assistant engineers shall have a minimum of one year of service as well. The engineers shall see that the mechanical portions of the fire vehicles are kept in good working condition and are ready for immediate use. All major repairs needed shall be reported immediately to the Captain, in writing. All repairs and services, including minor items, shall be recorded.
Members and associate members. Members and associate members need not be residents. They shall at all times obey the orders of superior officers and shall have the duties and responsibilities set forth in the duly adopted and approved bylaws of the Department as well as the rights and privileges provided by law.
In the event that it shall be necessary to render any aid or assistance to any other municipality, the proper officers of the Department are hereby authorized to take the fire apparatus out of the limits of the borough, provided that before doing so they make necessary arrangements to see that the borough is given proper fire protection.
The Borough Council shall compensate the officers and members of the Fire Department as it may resolve.
The Fire Department may adopt bylaws, rules and regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter and subject to approval of the Council before becoming effective. The bylaws, rules and regulations may be changed, amended or repealed by a majority vote of the Department at any regular meeting or special meeting called for that purpose, provided that no change, amendment or alterations shall take effect until approved by the Council.
No person, except members of the Fire Department, shall enter any engine, hook and ladder or hose house unless by the permission of or accompanied by a member. The foregoing provisions shall not be deemed to apply to the Council or any member thereof, clerks, Chief or assistants and police officers in charge of their duties.
Before any emergency repairs are made to any of the fire apparatus, the same shall first be submitted, in writing, to the Chairperson of Public Safety for his or her approval.