[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Freehold as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Establishment
[Adopted 4-26-1971 (§§ 3-1 to 3-7 of the Revised General Ordinances), as amended through Ord. No. O-87-18]
The Township recognizes the Freehold Township Independent No. 1 and the East Freehold Fire Companies, duly incorporated volunteer fire companies, as agents and instrumentalities of the Township for prevention and control of fire, and those companies are authorized to use the hydrants and facilities of the Township in discharging their functions. For purposes of this article they shall be referred to jointly as the "Fire Department."
Volunteer firemen in the Township shall be enrolled in the Firemen's Relief Association.
Officers and members of the Department shall be chosen and admitted to membership in accordance with the bylaws of the company which shall govern the department generally. No person shall become a member of the Fire Department of the Township or any unit thereof who is under the age of 18 years. He must likewise be of good moral character. He shall be physically fit to perform the duties of a fireman, as evidenced by a certificate to that effect by a practicing physician of the State of New Jersey after physical examination for that purpose. Officers of the Department shall be subject to confirmation by the Township Committee prior to taking office.
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 on such attendance and duty by the Chiefs of the two volunteer fire companies and reported to the municipal officers annually.
The authority, control, guidance and all other administrative functions of the Township Fire Department shall be assumed jointly by the Commissioners of the Fire Districts created on May 11, 1970.
No rules or regulations shall take effect until a copy thereof has been delivered to each member of the Department.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-59 et seq., a fireman otherwise qualified who has performed 60% of fire duty during each of seven years shall be entitled to the issuance of an exempt fireman's certificate and all of the rights and privileges thereto. Sufficiency of service shall be established by records of the Department filed annually with the municipal officers. Such records shall be verified by the chief pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-59.
Editor's Note: Former Art. II, Incentives for Volunteer Emergency Service Members, consisting of §§ 26-8 through 26-14, adopted by Ord. No. O-01-40 (§ 3-8 of the Revised General Ordinances), as amended, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. O-08-9.