[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Egg Harbor as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Volunteer Fire Department of said city shall be under the control of the Common Council and under the more direct charge of its Fire Committee as heretofore, nevertheless with such restrictions, limitations and powers as hereinafter mentioned and set forth.
A Fire Chief shall be appointed annually by the Common Council from among the members of said Fire Department, who shall hold office for one year and until his/her successor is duly appointed and qualified.
The Fire Chief shall have charge and control of all the volunteer fire fighters and all the officers and employees constituting the Fire Department and shall also have charge and control of all other persons offering their services or suffered or allowed to serve at a fire or fire drill.
[Amended 5-10-1979 by Ord. No. 6-1979]
All fire fighters, officers and employees of said Fire Department hereafter elected or appointed shall reside within the boundaries of Atlantic Avenue and Indian Cabin Road and Hamburg Avenue and Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, New Jersey; provided, however, that any member who obtains seven years of service and receives his or her exemption certificate from the Egg Harbor City Fire Department shall be authorized to remain on the active list if such person moves outside the boundaries of Egg Harbor City. In order to remain on the active list, such individual shall maintain at least 50% attendance at fies, drills and meetings annually.
All volunteer fire fighters refusing or neglecting to execute any or all orders given by the Fire Chief or by his/her assistants at any fire or fire drill shall or may be suspended by him/her and reported to the Fire Committee or to Common Council, and any fire fighter so suspended shall be tried on the charges preferred against him/her by the Common Council in meeting for such purpose called and, in case of conviction, shall or may be dismissed from the services of said Fire Department and thereupon shall be deprived of and from all benefits and emoluments of such office.
In case of fire call, every volunteer fire fighter shall report for duty and shall attend to the fire or fire drill and shall immediately thereafter report to the officer designated for the purpose according to the rules of the Department and shall, in case of sickness or absence from the city, have his/her excuse, in writing or in person, to his/her respective company at its next regular meeting. Every volunteer fire fighter who has failed or neglected to report in the manner aforesaid for three consecutive times, and every fire fighter, officer or employee of the Fire Department removing from the above-named district in Egg Harbor City, shall be suspended and may be dealt with as if he/she had refused to obey orders as mentioned in § 38-5.
The Fire Chief and all officers and employees and all other persons connected with the Fire Department shall receive such compensation as shall be set out and determined by Common Council.
The Fire Committee of Common Council, in connection with the Fire Chief, shall have charge of all firehouses, not including the Council Chamber property, and apparatus now or hereafter owned by the City of Egg Harbor City and used or to be used for the protection of property from destruction by fire, including the fire alarm system and the fire hydrants. It shall be the duty of the Fire Chief to inspect such apparatus, property, firehouses, fire alarm system, fire hydrants and all other things and goods entrusted to the respective fire companies and the property of the City of Egg Harbor City and, in case of any defects thereof or neglect by the respective fire companies to repair and maintain the same or keep the same in good order, to report such neglect or defect to said Fire Committee or to Common Council. Said Fire Committee shall have the power:
To lease quarters for firehouse purposes and to purchase such engines, trucks, apparatus, furniture, paraphernalia and supplies, and to make such repairs as it may deem expedient and advisable, but no expenditures for any purpose shall be made except from the regular appropriations and with the consent of the Common Council.
To determine and recommend such compensation, terms of employment of all persons under the authority of this chapter and to establish such rules as shall appear necessary for the proper government and control of said Department.
To sell by advertisement any and all apparatus and property, except real estate, that is not needed by the Department, and all money derived from such sale shall be paid to the City Treasurer and added to the appropriations for the support of said Volunteer Fire Department.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to injure, deface or in any manner destroy any building or fire apparatus or property of the Fire Department of the City of Egg Harbor City or any police or fire alarm telegraph box or connection of or with the same; or hinder or obstruct any engine or hook-and-ladder wagon, hose cart or any employee or officer of said Department from freely passing along the streets of said city to or from a fire; or in any manner hinder or prevent any of said fire apparatus or any employee or officer of the Department from operating at any fire.
Each and every person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction thereof, to a fine not exceeding $1,000, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, in the discretion of the Judge before whom said conviction shall be had.
There shall not be more than one fire company to consist of volunteer fire fighters.
No person shall hereafter be admitted to membership to said company who shall not have reached the age of 18 years, nor one who shall be over 45 years of age, nor one who is physically disabled to perform the duties of a fire fighter, and must possess a valid New Jersey driver's license. An applicant for membership shall be a minimum of 18 years of age and shall not be a full-time high school student.
It shall be the duty of said company to make or cause to be made monthly inspections of all fire apparatus or implements and of every well, pump, engine or other device for the protection against fire in the city aforesaid, and to make report thereof, in writing, to the Common Council at each of its stated monthly meetings.
It shall be the duty of the Fire Chief to assume the control and management of every fire, and each and every member of such company is required to respond to every call of fire and shall not leave the premises until allowed to do so by the Fire Chief and shall assist in returning to the respective station any engine, ladder, truck or other implement used at the fire, and the Fire Chief shall make report of the origin, cause and extent of every fire at the next following stated meeting of Common Council.
The Secretary shall make an annual report to the Common Council at the stated meeting in April of each year, which report shall contain the names of every member of such company and the date of his/her admission as member, together with a record of the attendance of each member at inspections or fires.