[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Alpha as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Organization; Membership
[Adopted 9-14-1999 by Ord. No. 99-4 (Ch. 10 of the 1974 Code)]
The Fire Department of the Borough of Alpha shall be the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company. Said Fire Department shall come under the Director of Public Safety.
Each December, the Fire Department of the Borough of Alpha shall hold an election for Chief, Assistant Chief, fire police, and apparatus drivers. The results of that election, plus the recommendation of the Chief for the appointment of his line officers, shall be furnished to the Mayor as a recommendation of those to hold those respective offices for the ensuing year. The Mayor, with the advice and consent of Borough Council and the recommendation so supplied, shall then, at the Borough reorganization meeting, appoint the Chief, Assistant Chief, line officers, fire police, and apparatus drivers. Those appointments shall be for one year, commencing with the first day of January and until their successors are chosen.
The Fire Department shall be furnished by the Borough with a budget in order to purchase equipment and supplies used for the extinguishment of fires, the protection of property, protection of the fire personnel, and maintenance of the Fire Department. The Fire Department shall be responsible for the safe, careful, prudent, and economical care, operation, and use of all apparatus and fire equipment of the Fire Department.
No person shall become a member of the Fire Department unless he or she shall promise and engage in writing to perform the duties of a fireman as prescribed in this chapter and the bylaws of the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company. He or she shall be of an age as approved by law and the New Jersey State Firemen's Association. Based on an election of the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company, prospective members shall be recommended to the Mayor, who, with the advice and consent of Council, shall appoint said members to the Fire Department. Said recommendation shall be accompanied by an application. This application shall be the approved application of the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company for active membership. All persons appointed to the Borough Fire Department shall complete an approved fire school as specified in the bylaws of the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company.
No person shall become an apparatus driver unless he or she is a licensed automobile driver in the State of New Jersey and has at least three years of experience in driving automobiles/trucks. No person shall drive a fire apparatus unless he or she is an appointed apparatus driver or in an emergency is approved by the officer in charge of the emergency. It shall be the duty of the drivers, based on a schedule and checklist provided by the Chief, to regularly and frequently inspect the apparatus, provide for maintaining of all fluid levels, and inspect all fire-fighting gear so provided on the apparatus such that the apparatus and equipment are ready for the next alarm.
The Chief shall be in full charge and control of all firemen. He or she shall be in full and absolute control of the fire scene as prescribed by law. He or she shall take prompt and efficient measures in responding to any fire emergency using all means at his disposal. He or she shall be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all apparatus and fire-fighting equipment. He or she shall assure that all fire fighters are provided with approved personal protection equipment. He or she shall provide for the accurate keeping of all fire records in detail, including but not limited to fire call information, equipment maintenance records, and personnel records. He or she shall provide to the Borough Council any information related to fire fighting at its request. He or she shall provide to the Council a monthly report stating all calls the Department has responded to that month. Compliance with all requirements of the State of New Jersey shall be the responsibility of the Chief. In his absence, the officer next in line in the chain of command shall take over his duties.
It shall be the responsibility of the line officers to assist the Chief as required by him and as outlined in the bylaws of the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company.
It shall be the duty of the fire fighter, whenever any fire shall break out in the Borough, to report immediately upon alarm thereof to the scene of the alarm. He shall at all times during the alarm assure that the proper personal protection equipment is worn. He or she shall, at the direction of the officer in charge, perform all the necessary fire-fighting activities with all his or her skill and power. He or she shall remain at the fire alarm scene until directed otherwise by the officer in charge. After returning to the firehouse, he or she shall at the direction of the officers in charge clean, inspect, and ready the equipment for the next call. He or she shall remain until released by the officer in charge.
It shall be the duty of the fire police, along with the police of the Borough, to provide for control of traffic such that the responding fire apparatus has a clear and safe path to the alarm. They shall also be responsible for the control of all persons at a fire scene not connected with the fire-fighting activities. They shall direct these personnel so as to provide for a clear area for the fire-fighting activities as well as for the safety of these personnel.