[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Sandyston 3-3-1992 as Ord. No. 3-92. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 71.
The Sandyston Township Volunteer Fire Department is hereby created and established with jurisdictional boundaries coextensive with the boundaries of the township.
The Sandyston Township Volunteer Fire Department shall be composed of the Company and such additional Companies as the Sandyston Township Committee may authorize and approve.
No person shall hereafter become a member of the Sandyston Township Volunteer Fire Department or any unit thereof unless that person is:
A citizen of the United States between the ages of 18 and 40.
Physically fit to perform the duties of a fireman evidenced by a certificate to that effect from a practicing physician of the State of New Jersey after a physical examination for that purpose.
A resident of the State of New Jersey.
Of good moral character.
Every member of the Fire Department shall, in each and every year, perform at least 60% of duty to be composed of actual attendance and duty at fires and drills; and a record shall be kept of such attendance and duty by the Chief of the Fire Department and shall be reported to the Township Committee annually.
Every member of the Fire Department shall be entitled to an exempt fireman's certificate when it appears that at the time of his appointment he met the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-56 and that he performed, during a period of seven years, 60% of fire duty in each year respectively.
Every person hereafter seeking to join the Fire Department shall make application to the Fire Company which he desires to join, and upon his election to membership in accordance with the bylaws of the Company, he shall become a member in good standing of the Fire Department after approval of his membership by the Chief of the Fire Department and confirmation by the Township Committee. The election of members of a Fire Company shall be immediately reported to the Township Clerk, who shall keep an accurate and up-to-date record of all members of the Department, together with information as to the Fire Company to which each member belongs. The members of the Department shall be deemed to be exercising a governmental function, and the adoption of this chapter shall be deemed to constitute a contract as contemplated by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-68. The members of the Department shall be under the supervision and control of the Township of Sandyston; however, the appointment or election of the Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department shall remain the prerogative of the members of the Fire Department, as set forth in the certificate of incorporation or bylaws of the Department.
There shall be a Chief of the Department, who shall be elected by the members of the Department. The Department shall also elect any other officers, as provided for in the bylaws of the Department. All officers elected by the Department shall, upon the approval of the Township Committee, be sworn in at the annual reorganizational meeting of the Township Committee.
The Chief of the Fire Department shall be in command of the Department and all fires and fire-related incidents within the Township of Sandyston. The Chief shall be responsible for all decisions involving the use of fire apparatus within or without the township. He shall be responsible for the actions and direction of the Department when officially summoned for duty and for other matters pertaining to the overall efficiency of fire fighting within the township. The Chief shall render monthly and annual reports to the Township Committee covering such firematic activities as fires, drills, etc., but may delegate a subordinate to keep such records.
The Firematic Committee for the Department shall consist of the Chief and such other officers as may be designated in the bylaws of the Department.