Borough of Riverton, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 69.
[Adopted 5-21-1896 by Ord. No. 16]
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
The Fire Department of the Borough of Riverton shall consist of one Fire Chief and one Assistant Fire Chief, who shall be active members of the Fire Department, and as many firemen as now are or may hereafter become lawful members of the fire companies in said borough. No person shall be eligible to the office of Fire Chief unless he shall have served as an active fireman in the Borough of Riverton for at least one year.
[Amended 10-9-58 by Ord. No. 248; 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
Each and every fire company within the Fire Department shall, at a regular stated or special meeting, elect five delegates to represent the said companies, and the delegates so chosen shall meet every two years in convention at the house of the Riverton Fire Company, or at such other places as may be suitable or satisfactory to the members thereof, at 8:00 p.m. of the third Tuesday in December in the even years of the calendar (such as 1958, 1960, etc.), which convention, after being duly organized, shall proceed to elect by ballot a Fire Chief and an Assistant Fire Chief, and a majority of all the delegates shall constitute a quorum. Balloting for each officer shall be separate, each delegate casting one vote, and the person receiving a majority of all the votes cast for the said offices shall be declared to be elected. It shall be the duty of the President and the Secretary of the said convention, as soon after the adjournment as practicable, to furnish certificates of election to the persons elected, and to transmit a written report of the proceedings of the convention to the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverton.
[Amended 10-9-58 by Ord. No. 248; 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
The Chief and Assistant Chief shall enter upon the duties of their respective offices at 12:00 noon on the first day of January following their election and shall hold office for two years, having first taken and subscribed before the Mayor or the Judge of the borough an oath or affirmation to faithfully perform the duties appertaining to their respective offices, and filed the same with the Borough Clerk.
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
The Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, together with the foreman and assistant foreman of the fire companies in the Fire Department, shall constitute and be known as the "Board of Engineers," of which the Fire Chief shall be President. The Board of Engineers shall meet at least once in every three months and at such other times as the Chief or a majority of the Board shall call a meeting, and a majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum to do business. All questions of dispute or difficulty that may arise between the different companies of the Fire Department, or between the Chief and any company, shall be brought before the Board of Engineers, who shall proceed to investigate the case, and after deliberation shall decide between the parties, which decision when given shall be binding upon the parties concerned and subject to no appeal. All propositions for the improvement, extension or alteration of the Fire Department that the Chief may desire to recommend to the said Mayor and Council shall first be approved by the Board of Engineers.
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
A. 
The Fire Chief shall:
(1) 
Visit each of the fire companies in the Fire Department once every three months, examine the condition of their apparatus and the buildings used for the housing of the same, keep a record of such places and make a detailed report to the Mayor and Council at its regular meeting in May, setting forth the condition of the Fire Department.
(2) 
Make a report to the Mayor and Council, whenever requested by it, of any matter that it may desire information upon connected with the Fire Department.
(3) 
Provide a book in which he shall keep a record of his various official acts and also a record and history of each fire with the known or probable cause of said fire.
(4) 
In all cases of fire threatening danger or destruction of property within the borough, take prompt and efficient measures and use all the means of the Fire Department to extinguish the same.
(5) 
Have sole and absolute control and command, at such time and on all occasions of alarms of fire, over all the fire apparatus and all the members of the Fire Department and over all other persons aiding and assisting the Fire Department in cases of actual fires. Within 24 hours after the return of the fire apparatus from the fire to the place or places where the same are kept and housed, cause the said apparatus and hose connected therewith to be carefully inspected and see that it has been properly cleaned, reeled and placed in the position where it is kept and housed, and to that end, it is hereby enjoined upon the Assistant Chief and the foremen of the respective fire companies of said borough to help, aid and assist him in so doing.
(6) 
Cause order to be observed in the Fire Department in going to, working at and returning from fires.
(7) 
Have the power to suspend from duty any company or any member of any company for disobedience of his orders when on duty, and all appeals from his decision shall be made in writing to the Board of Engineers at the next regular meeting.
B. 
In the absence of the Chief, from duty for any cause at any time, the Assistant Chief shall immediately assume the command of the Fire Department and be respected and obeyed accordingly.
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
In case a vacancy should occur in the office of Fire Chief or in the office of Assistant Fire Chief, the Board of Engineers shall, at their next regular meeting or at a meeting to be called for that purpose, proceed to fill by ballot such vacant position, and in case of a vacancy in the office of the Chief, the Assistant Chief shall assume the duties of the office of Chief until such a vacancy is filled.
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
No fire company shall leave the borough with its apparatus for the purpose of going to a fire or for any other purpose without permission of the Fire Chief; and no person or persons in charge of the fire apparatus shall permit the same to be used at any time at a trial of skill nor for any other purpose, except as already provided for by this Article, without first obtaining the written consent of the Chief or, in his absence, of the Assistant Chief.
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
Each and every fire company shall cause to be worn by its members during the time of fire, if such members are not equipped in the uniform of their company, the uniform badge made of metal with the name of the Fire Department thereon, and said badge shall be the property of the company. Every person not a member of the Fire Department except the owner or owners of the premises, who shall at any time or during the time of fire wear such badge or similar badge shall, upon conviction thereof before the Municipal Judge of said borough, forfeit and pay a fine of $25, with costs. It shall be the duty of each fire company's Secretary to keep a register of the number of the company with the corresponding number of its badges, and to furnish the Chief with a copy of the same and report all changes in the list of members from any cause. The Chief and Assistant Chief shall be designated by a metallic badge containing the appropriate designation.
A. 
There shall hereafter be a salvage corps as a part of the Fire Department composed of 12 active firemen to be appointed annually by the Chief of the Fire Department, an equal number of whom shall be appointed from each of the fire companies, and the said Chief shall appoint one of the 12 a Captain and one other as Lieutenant of said corps.
B. 
The corps shall, at the time of fire, have charge of the grounds in the immediate vicinity of the fire, and they are empowered and authorized to enclose with rope or other means, or to take possession of the same and keep out of and from said grounds all persons, except firemen as aforesaid and persons interested in the premises so enclosed.
C. 
It shall be the duty of said salvage corps at the time of any fire to take charge of and protect all goods and chattels that may be moved or carried out of any place on account of fire and to see that the same are returned to the proper persons.
D. 
For the purpose of carrying out the interest and provisions of this Article, the members of the said salvage corps shall be sworn in by the Mayor or the Municipal Judge, said oath or affirmation to be filed with the Borough Clerk, and at the time of fire shall be vested with full police powers upon the grounds in the immediate vicinity thereof, provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent and hinder any owner or bailee of any property in danger of fire from removing the same from such place or places as he may see fit.
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
None of the officers or persons mentioned in this Article shall receive any compensation for his services under this Article.
[Adopted 12-12-18 by Ord. No. 116]
All fire apparatus and equipment, such as fire engines, fire trucks, ladders, axes, ropes, extinguishers, hose and waterproof clothing or other permanent equipment, heretofore acquired or hereafter to be acquired, for the use of the Fire Department, shall be operated, housed and kept in repair by said Fire Department as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
On or before the first day of January of each year, the Fire Department, through its Chief, shall submit a report in writing to the Borough Council, showing an inventory of all such permanent apparatus and equipment and all consumable supplies in its care, owned by the borough, with a statement in detail of the estimated cost of necessary repairs, housing rentals and consumable supplies needed for such permanent apparatus and equipment for the following year, together with a statement in detail of the actual costs of the same for the current year, and also a separate list of necessary new apparatus and equipment in order that the Borough Council may consider the same in making the appropriations for said year.
[Amended 11-14-1974 by Ord. No. 315]
All bills incurred by said Fire Department for such operation, housing and keeping in repair of such apparatus and equipment shall be certified as correct by said Fire Chief and submitted monthly to the Borough Council for payment.