Borough of Fort Lee, NJ
Bergen County
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The Fort Lee Municipal Ambulance ("FLA") is hereby created and established.
B. 
The creation of the FLA by this chapter is in no way intended to amend Ordinance No. 2004-2, nor is this chapter intended to affect or apply to the already existing Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps.1
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTHORITY
The right to issue orders, give commands, enforce obedience, initiate action, and make necessary decisions commensurate with rank or assignment as provided for in the FLA rules, policies and procedures. Authority may be delegated by those so designated. Acts performed without proper authority or authorization shall be considered to be in violation of the rules of the FLA.
CHAIN OF COMMAND
Vertical lines of communication, authority, and responsibility within the organizational structure of the FLA.
DIRECTIVE
A document detailing the performance of a specific activity or method or operation. "Directive" includes:
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A broadly based directive dealing with policy and procedure and affecting one or more organizational subdivisions.
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A directive initiating and announcing a change in the assignment, rank, or status of personnel.
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A directive dealing with a specific circumstance or event that is usually self-canceling.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Any services, including transportation, provided by the FLA to a potentially or actually ill or injured person in response to a call for service.
EMPLOYEE/MEMBER
A person who performs in the capacity of an emergency medical responder for the FLA.
MAY/SHOULD
The action indicated is permitted.
ORDER
Any written or oral directive issued by a supervisor to any subordinate or group of subordinates in the course of duty.
PATIENT
Any person who receives emergency medical services from the FLA.
POLICY
A statement of FLA principles that provides the basis for the development of procedures and directives.
PROCEDURE
A written statement providing specific direction for performing FLA activities. Procedures are implemented through policies and directives.
SHALL/WILL
The action required is mandatory.
SUPERVISOR
An employee assigned to a position requiring the exercise of immediate supervision over the activities of other employees.
THIRD-PARTY BILLING AGENCY
A business entity engaged by the Borough of Fort Lee for the purpose of effecting the billing of patients and collecting payments therefrom, which payments shall be remitted to the Borough of Fort Lee.
The FLA shall consist of members as are or may be appointed and approved by the Mayor and Council.
All FLA vehicles, equipment, and materials are the property of the Borough of Fort Lee, and ownership shall remain with the Borough of Fort Lee; and all expenses and costs shall be incurred by the Borough of Fort Lee for the proper maintenance and operation of the FLA.
No person shall be eligible to become a member of the FLA unless such person shall posses and provide proof of the following qualifications:
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Be not less than 18 years of age.
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Be physically fit to perform the duties of an emergency medical technician.
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Be subject to a civil, criminal and motor vehicle record check.
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Be subject to satisfactory pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing.
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Be a certified emergency medical technician of the State of New Jersey.
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Possess a valid driver's license if the position will require the member to drive.
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Possess a valid American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider or equivalent CPR certification card.
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The FLA shall be permitted to maintain a volunteer youth squad. Members of the youth squad shall serve as community volunteers and will not receive compensation of any kind.
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No person shall be eligible to become a member of the youth squad unless such person shall possess the following qualifications:
(1) 
Be not less than 16 years of age nor more than 17 years of age.
(2) 
Be a legal resident of the Borough for not less than one year.
(3) 
Be physically fit to perform the duties of an emergency medical technician. The applicant shall submit proof of a medical evaluation performed by a licensed physician.
(4) 
Be a certified emergency medical technician of the State of New Jersey.
(5) 
Obtain parental consent to allow for and be subject to satisfactory preservice and random drug/alcohol testing.
C. 
Youth squad members shall apply for membership and, upon acceptance, shall be placed on probation for a period of not less than six months.
D. 
Youth squad members shall not be permitted to operate any Borough vehicles.
The name of the applicant shall be provided to the EMS Program Coordinator (See § 132-15), who will ensure that the application process is followed as established in Borough-wide standard operating procedure (SOP).
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The names of the members shall be written upon the membership roll maintained by the Borough Clerk.
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A member shall be issued a photo identification card as evidence of membership, which ID card shall at all times be and remain the property of the Borough of Fort Lee. This photo identification card shall be immediately surrendered to the Borough Administrator when demanded or whenever a member has been formally suspended from the FLA or when the member shall cease to be a member of the FLA.
Members shall be defined as follows:
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Active member: any employee who is physically able to perform all duties, including on-call duty time and training and other fixed duties. Active members shall be divided into two classifications.
(1) 
Per-diem member: any member who is compensated at an hourly rate for his/her service in the FLA. Per-diem members may not be regularly employed in excess of 19.5 hours per week. Per-diem members are not eligible for New Jersey Department of Personnel benefits or protections under Titles 11 and 11A of the New Jersey statutes.
(2) 
Volunteer member: any qualified person who meets the criteria of an active member but who does not receive compensation for his or her time or expenses, exclusive of volunteer stipends provided under § 6-1 et seq. of the Fort Lee Municipal Code. A member of the Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps may also serve as a member of the FLA.
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Per-diem members may work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week. This may be exceeded only when a life-threatening incident requires a recall of personnel or during a declared state of local emergency.
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Per-diem members shall be compensated at a rate established by the Mayor and Council.
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Members shall not be eligible to become certified as regular full- or part-time employees of the Borough.
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Members shall not be eligible to receive pension benefit(s); any health insurance, including medical, dental, or vision; vacation or other leave or compensatory time; or any benefit of employment not specifically set forth in this chapter.
E. 
Members shall be covered by workers' compensation insurance and the Borough group life insurance and shall benefit from such insurance liability and defense policies as the Borough may, from time to time, declare, carry, amend or discontinue, in the Borough's sole discretion. In the event of a line-of-duty death, the Borough shall ensure that all applications are processed and procedures followed for any eligible state or federal benefits.
The active roster of the FLA shall be comprised of the number of EMTs necessary to maintain the operations of the FLA.
The FLA may be disbanded in the following manner:
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In its sole discretion, should the Mayor and Council consider at any time that the interests of the Borough will be best served by the disbandment of the FLA for any cause, or in the interest of economy and efficiency, it may do so at any regular meeting by a majority vote of the Council, 30 days' notice being previously given to the EMS Program Coordinator and the members of the Council.
The Borough Administrator shall be the Director of the FLA. The Director shall be the administrative officer in charge of the FLA and shall be directly responsible for the efficiency and day-to-day operations of the FLA, subject to the overall authority of the Mayor and Council. The Director shall:
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Administer and enforce the rules and regulations of the Ambulance FLA and any special emergency directives for the disposition and discipline of the FLA and its members.
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Organize, control and maintain all property and resources of the FLA.
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Develop and implement policies and procedures necessary to govern and direct the day-to-day operations of the FLA.
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Provide for the proper training of all members.
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Maintain the overall discipline of the FLA.
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Delegate such authority as may be deemed necessary for the efficient operation of the FLA, to be exercised under the direction and control of the Director.
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Maintain a constructive relationship with the public, community organizations, the media and other agencies.
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Prepare and submit the annual budget and proposed expenditure programs to the appropriate authority or other designated officials.
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Allocate funds within the budget which are appropriated by the governing body.
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In cases of necessity, temporarily employ per-diem members when circumstances of an unusual or emergent nature arise and prevent the Mayor and Council from pre-approving such hiring. Temporary hires shall be submitted for Mayor and Council approval at the earliest opportunity.
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The Director is hereby authorized, empowered and required, when necessary, to adopt rules and regulations for the control, management, and government of the FLA. These rules and regulations, after adoption by the Director, shall not become effective and operative until presented to and approved by the Mayor and Council, except as emergent circumstances may otherwise require.
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Application. These rules are applicable to all members of the FLA.
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Distribution. One copy of these rules shall be distributed to each member of the FLA. Each member will be required to sign to confirm receipt of the document.
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Responsibility for maintenance. It is the continuing responsibility of each member to maintain a current copy of the rules, including additions, revisions, and amendments, as issued.
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Familiarization. Members shall thoroughly familiarize themselves with the provisions of the rules. Ignorance of any provision of these rules will not be a defense to a charge of a violation of these rules. It is the continuing responsibility of each member to seek clarification through the chain of command for any rule that is not fully understood.
The Borough may appoint an EMS Program Coordinator. He/she shall work a maximum of 40 hours a week without prior approval of the Director and will be a regular, full time employee of the Borough of Fort Lee and shall report to and be supervised by the Director.
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Minimum qualifications (subject to additional qualifications as may be required by the New Jersey Department of Personnel):
(1) 
Be not less than 18 years of age.
(2) 
Be able to fluently read, write and speak English and demonstrate mathematical and other duties as the work to be performed requires.
(3) 
Be subject to a civil, criminal and motor vehicle check.
(4) 
Possess a valid driver's license.
(5) 
Possess knowledge of emergency medical care and its processes and procedures of the FLA.
(6) 
Possess knowledge in computers and common programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
(7) 
Be a United States citizen or legal resident alien with appropriate work visa.
(8) 
Be able and available to manage absences and other problems involving shift schedules, staff suspensions, logistics and general supervisory duties.
(9) 
The applicant is not required to be a member of the FLA.
(10) 
If the applicant is a member of the Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the combination of hours as the EMS Program Coordinator and the on-duty hours cannot exceed 40 hours a week without prior approval of the Director.
(11) 
Be a certified emergency medical technician of the State of New Jersey.
(12) 
Possess a valid American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider or equivalent CPR certification card.
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Responsibilities:
(1) 
Maintain the staffing schedule of the FLA, ensuring that all shifts are fully staffed, without exception.
(2) 
Maintain a roster of all members with their availability to cover regular shifts and shifts that must be staffed due to sickness, vacations, and other absences.
(3) 
Maintain a call-out roster of those members available to respond to general calls.
(4) 
Collect, review, and forward all run sheets and forward them to the authorized agency.
(5) 
Collect and forward to appropriate official all personnel and training records as prescribed in the rules and regulations.
(6) 
Collect, review, and forward all time sheets.
(7) 
Any and all other functions necessary to ensure that shifts are staffed and information is provided to the billing agent.
(8) 
The EMS Program Coordinator will be an employee, subject to all requirements, allowances, and regulations of such employee set forth in this chapter.
(9) 
General supervisory duties, logistics, ensure vehicle and equipment maintenance is performed, and maintain a safe working environment in accordance with applicable state law.
(10) 
The EMS Program Coordinator will submit a monthly activity report to the Director.
(11) 
Interface with hospital staff and third-party payment contractors to maximize efficient billing and collection procedures and practices.
(12) 
Keep track of and ensure that all member certifications and training requirements are kept current.
(13) 
Be prepared to perform backup emergency medical technician duties.
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Compensation. The EMS Program Coordinator will be compensated at a rate of pay established by the Mayor and Council.
An Assistant EMS Program Coordinator may be appointed from among the qualified members of the FLA to perform all of the duties of the EMS Program Coordinator when he/she is on vacation. The Assistant EMS Program Coordinator will be subject to all of the requirements set forth in this chapter and will be compensated at a per-diem rate (without other benefits) for the period of time served in this capacity, or upon other such terms and conditions as the Mayor and Council shall provide.
The EMS Program Coordinator, under the direction of the Director of the FLA, shall see that timely and accurate records are kept of all responses to calls for service, training, attendance, certifications, and any other records required by the state, Borough, or other authorized agency.