[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Glen Gardner 3-10-1944 by Ord. No. 14; amended in its entirety 12-6-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-06. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 86.
The Borough of Glen Gardner, not having a paid or par-paid Fire Department, hereby recognizes and contracts with the Glen Gardner Fire Company Number 1, a volunteer fire company, for the purpose of extinguishing fires as permitted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A: 14-68.
The Chief of the Fire Department and all executive officers of the Department shall be elected and shall serve terms of office pursuant to the procedures and terms established in the Constitution and bylaws of the Fire Department, as the same may be revised from time to time. The Borough Council shall appoint the Fire Chief selected by the Department as the Fire Chief of the Borough for a term of office coextensive with that as elected by the Department.
The membership of the Fire Department shall be determined at the sound discretion of the members in good standing of the Department in accordance with its Constitution and bylaws, as the same may be revised from time to time, and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The Fire Department shall establish classes of membership and rules and regulations with respect thereto, including, but not limited to, active, social, honorary, rescue, junior, life, cadet and fire police, in accordance with its Constitution and bylaws, as the same may be revised from time to time.
Exemption certificates shall be issued to members of the Fire Department who shall have served and complied with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-56, as the same may be amended from time to time.
The Fire Department shall be entrusted with the care and custody of any firefighting equipment now owned by the Borough of Glen Gardner, and with such apparatus and equipment as may be hereafter acquired; subject, however, at all times to the control of the Borough Council.
The Chief of the Fire Department shall prepare and file with the Borough Clerk, annually in January of each year, a statement, under oath, setting forth the name, residence, age and citizenship of every member of the Fire Department, and the date of his or her admission to membership, together with the percentage of fire duty credited to each member of the Department for the preceding year. Said statements shall constitute official records of the Fire Department, from which the Borough Council shall determine when certificates of exemption shall be issued to the members of the Department.
The Secretary of the Fire Department shall, on October 1 of each year, file with the Assessor of the Borough of Glen Gardner a list, under oath, of the active members of the Fire Department of the Borough and the persons who have been granted exemption certificates after having served in said Fire Department.
The Chief of the Fire Department shall have complete charge of the Fire Department at all fires and drills, and he or she shall be charged with the duty of enforcing regulations of the Borough Council respecting the use, care and maintenance of any firefighting equipment owned by the Borough. He or she shall, form time to time, make recommendations to the Borough Council for necessary appropriations, supplies and repairs, and such other recommendations as he or she deems to be for the betterment of the Department. He or she shall be required to report, at any time when requested by the Borough Council, on the condition of the equipment owned by the Borough and the condition, activity and discipline of the Department.