[HISTORY: Adopted by Mayor and Council of Borough of Atlantic Highlands 7-25-1944 by Ord. No. 314. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 6-23-1970 by Ord. No. 590; 11-28-1978 by Ord. No. 736; 8-26-1980 by Ord. No. 767; 11-22-1988 by Ord. No. 926-88; 12-27-1995 by Ord. No. 22-95]
Membership in the Fire Department shall be limited to those who have qualified as to age requirement in accordance with the state statutes. To be an active member in good standing, each member must meet the following requirements:
Each member must reside or have regular employment within a radius of two miles of the borders of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands.
Each member shall attend 40% of all fires, unless excused by officers of the member's company.
Each member shall pay the dues of, and abide by the by laws of, the member's company.
Each active member in good standing of the respective companies shall receive as compensation for expenses the sum of $100 per year.
[Amended 11-30-1961 by Ord. No. 450]
The Fire Department shall be divided into three companies and be known as the Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, Atlantic Highlands Hose Company No. 1, and Robert B. Mantell Hose Company No. 2. Each company shall have a membership not exceeding 25 members, and such company may adopt bylaws for the government of said company not inconsistent with the laws of the State of New Jersey or of this or any other ordinance of the Borough. Each company shall have such officers as are provided for by their bylaws. No other fire companies shall be organized within the Borough of Atlantic Highlands without the consent and authorization of the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 12-11-2002 by Ord. No. 16-2002]
Department Line Officers shall be the Chief, Deputy Chief, Captain and a first, second, third and fourth Lieutenant and Chief Engineer. These Officers shall be elected by the Department membership and, subject to confirmation of the Mayor and Council, shall serve for one year from the first day of January following their election.
[Added 12-11-2002 by Ord. No. 16-2002]
A Department Safety Officer shall be appointed by the Chief and shall serve for the calendar year of appointment.
A Fire Department Purchasing Agent shall be elected by the members of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department and shall serve for the calendar year.
In November, at the Department's regularly scheduled business meeting, the Chief, Deputy Chief, Captain and a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Lieutenant and Chief Engineer for the following year shall be elected. A candidate must be a regular member of either the Hook and Ladder Company, Hose Company 1 or Hose Company 2, meet current state requirements and have served in the preceding elected position, or a higher position, for all of the current year or any full prior year. Any member who has previously completed a year of service as a Company Officer of this Department may be a candidate for the next higher position or below. A candidate for the position of 4th Lieutenant can be any regular member.
[Amended 12-11-2002 by Ord. No. 16-2002]
Said election shall be held at the fire house, and the polls shall be opened between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. of the day appointed for holding said election. The Department shall choose a Judge, Clerk and Tellers for said election. A statement of the result of such election shall be signed by the Judge and Clerk and submitted to the Mayor and Council at its next regular meeting held after said election. The said Mayor and Council shall canvass said returns and declare the result, and the persons so declared by the Mayor and Council to be elected as Chief, Deputy Chief and Captain shall hold their offices for one year from the first day of January ensuing.
[Added 11-10-1970 by Ord. No. 603]
If a vacancy occurs in any elected position, or if the Mayor and Council fail to confirm a person elected by the Department, the Mayor, with the consent of the Council, may fill this vacancy with a qualified regular member of the Department for a period not exceeding the lesser of 30 days or the unexpired term. Within this period, the Department shall hold an election for this position and, subject to confirmation, this person shall serve for the unexpired term. If a vacancy occurs in any position appointed by the Chief, the Chief shall appoint a replacement to serve for the unexpired term.
[Amended 12-11-2002 by Ord. No. 16-2002]
No person shall be eligible for the office of Chief without serving one year as Deputy Chief, or Deputy Chief without serving one year as Captain. No person shall be eligible for the office of Captain without serving two years as Lieutenant.
[Amended 3-9-1965 by Ord. No. 490; 6-9-1970 by Ord No. 585; 8-26-1980 by Ord. No. 767; 9-10-1985 by Ord. No. 862; 12-11-2002 by Ord. No. 16-2002]
Fire scene or other dispatch of the Department. Department members shall respond to all fire calls or other dispatches under the direction and command of the Chief. When responding to any call or dispatch of the Department in the Chief's absence, the Deputy Chief, Captain, and the Lieutenants shall assume the duties of Chief, in this order.
Other duties of the Chief, Deputy Chief and Captain.
The Deputy Chief shall operate under the direction of the Chief.
The Captain shall operate under the direction of the Chief and shall oversee all Lieutenants. He is responsible for the testing of hoses, ladders and the SCBA equipment and refill system.
The Chief, Deputy Chief and Captain may lawfully enter and examine any building, place, vehicle or vessel where any explosive or flammable material may be lodged. They may, in writing, direct the removal or securing of any such material and if the possessor of the material neglects or refuses, a summons may be issued and the possessor shall be subject to penalties provided for the violation of Borough ordinances.
Annually, as an expense allowance to reimburse each for expenses incurred, the Chief shall receive the sum of $1,500, the Deputy Chief shall receive $1,250, and the Captain, $1,000.
Duties of line officers, engineers and members.
Lieutenants shall operate under the direction of the Captain and are responsible for their assigned vehicle and its SCBA packs, hoses, ladders, tools and equipment.
The Chief and Line Officers shall wear helmets identifying their respective office when on duty.
The Chief Engineer shall operate under the direction of the Chief and is responsible for maintaining operational status and arranging necessary service for all Department equipment. He shall direct and oversee all Assistant Engineers and qualify all new drivers. He shall have purchasing authority subject to approval of the Chief.
The Safety Officer shall operate under the direction of the Chief and is responsible for insuring fire ground safety and performing the statutory duties of a Safety Officer.
The Fire Department Purchasing Agent shall:
Assist the Fire Chief with the municipal budget, obtain quotes and bids for the purchase of Fire Department equipment, equipment maintenance, service contracts and vehicle repairs.
Fill out, sign and submit purchase requisitions.
Sign and submit purchase orders for payment.
Keep and maintain a monthly account of the Fire Department municipal budget.
Obtain approval from the Fire Department Chief prior to submitting purchase requisitions.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 51-5, Duties of Chief, First Assistant Chief and Second Assistant Chief and § 51-6, Duties of officers in charge.
On or before the last Wednesday in November in each and every year it shall be the duty of the Secretary of each company to report to the Chief the name, the residence and occupation of each person elected a member of his company and at the same time furnish that officer with a correct list of all members of his company, regularly equipped, designating their names and residences, which list the Chief shall file with the Clerk of the Council at their next regular meeting. On or before the last Wednesday in November in each year, the Secretary of each fire company shall give to the Chief the names of all members of his company who have died, resigned or been expelled within the last preceding year, that such names may and they shall appear in the Chief's annual report to the Mayor and Council and be kept as public record.
Any building used for public entertainment must provide proper exits with doors opening outward. They shall have at least one fireman on duty at each show or entertainment, unless otherwise ordered by the Chief. The Chief or in his absence the First Assistant Chief or Second Assistant Chief shall designate such firemen to attend such entertainment. For any violation of this section, the Mayor and Council shall have power to close such show or entertainment, and upon conviction before the Recorder or Mayor shall pay a fine of not exceeding $100 and costs.
[Amended 12-11-2002 by Ord. No. 16-2002]
No apparatus shall leave the Borough except by permission of the Mayor, Chief or, in his absence, the Deputy Chief or Captain.
No fire apparatus shall be used on any trial of skill except by written consent of the Council.
Any persons who shall willfully drive, propel, or cause to be driven or propelled, any vehicle over hose or other fire apparatus or shall willfully cut or deface the same, shall, upon conviction thereof, before the Mayor or Borough Recorder for each and every offense pay a fine of not exceeding $100.
The penalty for the violation of this article or any part thereof to which no specific penalty is attached shall, in the case of an officer, be degraded from office, and in the case of a fireman, suspension from the Department, and these penalties shall be enforceable at the option of the Council.
It shall be the duty of the officers of the Department to promptly report any violation of this article to the Chief, who shall in turn report the same to the Mayor and Council at its next meeting, which shall examine into such charge or charges and shall take such action therein as it may deem advisable.
The term of active service required of a member of any Hose or Hook and Ladder Company of the Fire Department of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands, acting under and subject to the direction, authority and control of the Council of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands, shall be seven years in order to entitle any such member of such company as aforesaid to become an exempt fireman.
Whenever any fireman who shall be a member of any Hose or Hook and Ladder Company of the Fire Department of Atlantic Highlands acting under and subject to the Mayor and Council of the Borough shall present and deliver to the Clerk of the Borough a certificate in writing signed by the officer in charge, and attested by the Secretary of such Hook and Ladder or Hose Company of which such fireman is a member, to the effect that such fireman has served in such company as an active fireman for the term of seven years next preceding the date of such certificate, the Municipal Clerk shall deliver and present to any such fireman three certificates in writing, signed by the Fire Chief, the Mayor of the Borough, and attested by the Municipal Clerk with the Corporate Seal of said Borough of Atlantic Highlands thereto affixed, to the effect that such fireman by reason of said seven years' service as such active fireman, as aforesaid, is from the date of such certificate and from thenceforth an exempt fireman and entitled to all the rights and privileges granted to exempt firemen by the laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Added 11-23-1971 by Ord. No. 618]
An exempt member of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department who has completed 20 years of active service may be eligible to receive life membership. To receive life membership, an active or past active member must apply and then be approved by a majority vote in his respective company and a majority vote of the Department. A life member is exempt from all compulsory duties of the companies and is granted every privilege of an active member, including a vote on every action of the company and Department and the right to hold any office within the company, except that of a line officer. A life member is not eligible to receive payment from the Borough as compensation for his services.