Township of Hopewell, NJ
Mercer County
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[Editor's Note: For provisions regarding the establishment of the "Hopewell Township Fire District," see Ordinance No. 761-88, copies of which are on file in the office of the township clerk. Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance Nos. 688-85, 729-87, 90-848, 91-898, 92-924 and 01-1200.]
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Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c.383), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be enforced locally within the established limits of Hopewell Township.
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There is hereby established the bureau of fire prevention which shall be the sole local enforcing agency for the Township of Hopewell. The enforcing agency shall serve within the geographic boundary of Hopewell Township as defined and delineated by the official fire service areas map located at the Hopewell Township Police Department.
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The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries as defined and delineated by the official fire service areas map located at the Hopewell Township Police Department, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
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The local enforcing agency established by section 9-2 of this chapter shall carry out the periodic inspections of life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the commissioner of community affairs.
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The local enforcing agency established by section 9-2 of this chapter shall carry out the periodic inspections of nonlife hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the commissioner of community affairs.
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The local enforcing agency established by section 9-2 of this chapter shall be part of the governmental and administrative structure of the Hopewell Township Fire District and shall be under the direct supervision of the fire official.
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The local enforcing agency shall be under the supervision of the fire official who shall be appointed by the board of fire commissioners.
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Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Hopewell Township Board of Fire Commissioners upon the recommendation of the respective fire officials.
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The fire official, inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by the Hopewell Township Board of Fire Commissioners for inefficiency or misconduct. Any person to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or a designated hearing officer.
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Pursuant to sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcing agencies shall have the right to appeal to the construction board of appeals of Mercer County.
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a. 
No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit the disposal of rubbish, garbage or trade waste of buildings or structures by burning.
b. 
No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit the disposal of fallen leaves by burning.
c. 
No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit the disposal of any type of plant by burning.
d. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to burning of refuse for training or research exercises in fire protection or prevention when conducted at a permanent facility or training center designed to be used solely for such purposes on a continuing basis.
e. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to open burning in accordance with the provisions of the NJ Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70 et seq. and/or N.J.A.C. 7:27-2 with appropriate valid permits.
f. 
Penalty for any violation of this section shall be in accordance with the penalties stated at section 3-1 of the Hopewell Township Revised General Ordinances.
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For the purposes of this section the term "key" shall be defined as any device or information needed to release a lock such as but not limited to a mechanical key, a magnetic card reader, or a pass code.
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a. 
All properties within the Township of Hopewell having an automatic fire alarm system or a fire sprinkler system shall be equipped with a key box.
b. 
All properties within the Township of Hopewell on which hazardous materials are used, handled or stored where the total aggregate quantity is more than 55 gallons, 500 pounds, or 200 cubic feet, and such materials are in the (3) or (4) range of the NFPA 704M symbol; or materials are water reactive or materials are radioactive shall be equipped with a HazMat cabinet. This subsection shall not apply to underground fuel storage.
c. 
This shall not apply to owner-occupied one and two family dwellings.
d. 
Facilities which employ constant on-site security shall be exempt from this section provided that such on-site security personnel will provide access to all areas of the building(s) and shall have readily available any other materials required by this section.
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a. 
The key box shall be UL listed type and approved by the Hopewell Valley Bureau of Fire Safety.
b. 
The key box shall be compatible with the Hopewell Valley master key.
c. 
The rapid entry box shall be installed in a location approved by the Hopewell Valley Fire Official.
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a. 
Rapid entry boxes required under paragraphs a and b of subsection 9-10.2 shall contain the following:
1. 
Keys to locked points of egress, whether on interior or exterior of such buildings;
2. 
Keys to locked mechanical rooms;
3. 
Keys to locked elevator rooms;
4. 
Keys to elevator controls;
5. 
Keys to any fence or secured areas;
6. 
Keys to other areas as directed by the fire official;
7. 
A floor plan of the rooms within the building.
b. 
Rapid entry boxes required under subsection 9-10.2b shall contain the following:
1. 
All contents required by subsection 9-10.4a;
2. 
Alphabetical list of all chemicals, room number, location, and approximate quantity and strength;
3. 
Material safety data sheets (MSDS) of all chemicals in alphabetical order;
4. 
A copy of the emergency response plan (ERP);
5. 
List of all responsible parties and phone numbers;
6. 
Locations and types of automatic suppression systems.
c. 
All keys contained within key boxes shall be labeled with the location of the locks which they operate.
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All existing buildings shall comply with this section within 12 months of its effective date. All newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied or buildings under construction, shall comply immediately, and certificate of occupancy shall not be issued until this requirement is met.
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All key box contents required by subsection 9-10.4, or required by the fire official, or placed in the key box voluntarily by the building owner or occupant including but not limited to the keys, access cards, pass codes, elevator controls, floor plans, hazardous materials inventories, or MSDS sheets shall be kept current with any changes to the building, occupancy, or contents.
b. 
It shall be the responsibility of the building owner to notify the Hopewell Valley Bureau of Fire Safety of any changes falling under the requirements of subsection 9-10.6a within two days and make arrangements to update the key box contents.
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Any building owner violating this section shall be subject to penalties as set forth in the Uniform Fire Code.
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Any and all ordinances or part of ordinances inconsistent with this section are hereby repealed to the extent of their inconsistency.
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Cite as N.J.A.C. 5:70-3.2(a) 45, F-4501.
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The installation of the rapid access key box shall not preclude any fire department, fire company or firefighter from using traditional firefighting methods to gain access to the building. The failure of any fire department, fire company or firefighter to use the rapid access key box shall not give rise to liability.