The official name of the Department shall be the "Fire Department of the Township of Maplewood."
[Amended 12-3-2002 by Ord. No. 2199-02; 12-21-2004 by Ord. No. 2275-04; 12-6-2005 by Ord. No. 2326-05; 5-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2592-09]
The Department shall consist of as many engine companies and ladder companies as necessary and as shall be established by resolution of the Township Committee, subject to consolidation, disbandment or reorganization by the same method.
The officers and members of the Department shall consist of a Chief of the Department, no more than five Deputy Chiefs, and no more than five Captains and no more than 32 firefighters to be appointed to these positions by the Township Committee. The Township Committee may also appoint a Master Mechanic and/or an Assistant Master Mechanic for the Department and such civilian personnel as the Township Committee deems necessary.
To be eligible for appointment as a member of the Fire Department, a person shall be not less than 18 nor over 35 years of age, not less than five feet six inches in height, in first-class physical condition and a citizen of the United States.
Application for membership shall be made in the handwriting of the applicant to the Chief upon blanks furnished for that purpose. The applicant shall state his place of residence, age and occupation and his willingness to abide by the ordinances and rules and regulations governing the Department.
Every member of the Department shall take and subscribe to an oath to support the Constitution and laws of the United States and New Jersey and the ordinances of the Township and to faithfully discharge the duties of his office.
[Amended 5-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2592-09]
The Chair of the Public Safety Committee, or in his/her absence any member of the Public Safety Committee, may, in his/her discretion, summarily suspend a member of the Department for a period not exceeding 60 days, pending charges and a final determination by the Township Committee.
The Township Committee may, at its discretion, upon charges duly made and after hearing censure, fine, suspend or dismiss any member of the Department found guilty of incapacity, misconduct or disobedience of the rules and regulations established for the Fire Department of the Township.
Resignation from the Department shall be filed with the Chief. Thirty days' written notice of intention to resign shall be given.
Exempt certificates and badges shall be granted and furnished by the Township Committee to those members of the Department who by law are entitled to receive them.
The Department, its officers and members shall be regulated and governed by the rules and regulations established by the Township Committee.
[Amended 1-16-2001 by Ord. No. 2145-01]
The Chief shall be head of the Department, responsible to and under the supervision of the Township Committee through its Public Safety Committee, and shall be directly in charge of the entire force, apparatus and equipment. The Chief shall:
Organize the Department, with the approval of the Township Committee through the Public Safety Committee, into as many companies or divisions as may be deemed necessary to properly aid in the efficiency of the Department.
Have control over all members, apparatus, hose, implements and tools and of the assignments to duty or service. The Chief shall have the power, during a fire or other emergency, to temporarily suspend the operation of any system then in effect for tours of duty or shifts.
Have full control over the extinguishment of fires and the necessary incidental protection of property in connection therewith, and have power in the event of a fire to demolish buildings or parts thereof which, in the Chief's judgment, might cause further damage to life and property.
See that all laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, orders or directions for the governing of the Fire Department are enforced and obeyed and that all infractions that may come to the Chief's knowledge are properly investigated and reported to the Public Safety Committee.
Make reports and perform other duties as required by the Township Committee through the Public Safety Committee.
[Added 1-16-2001 by Ord. No. 2145-01]
There is hereby established within the Township of Maplewood the position of Fire Official. The Fire Official shall be a person certified by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and appointed by the Township Committee to direct the enforcement of the Fire Code within the Township of Maplewood. Additionally:
[Amended 5-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2592-09]
Deputy Chiefs of the Department shall be next in rank to the Chief and directly responsible to the Chief for the performance of all duties to which they are assigned. As commandants of shifts, they shall have control of their respective quarters during their tour of duty, and all members shall obey their orders implicitly.
Captains shall be next in rank to the Deputy Chiefs. They shall, in the absence of the Deputy Chiefs, perform the duties of Deputy Chiefs during their tour of duty and shall, in such instances, have the same authority and responsibilities as Deputy Chiefs. They shall perform such duties and have such authority as assigned to them by their superior officers, by general orders or by special designation.
[Amended 9-2-1997 by Ord. No. 2042-97; 5-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2592-09]
The firefighters below the rank of Captain shall be classified into seven grades and determined according to years of service, as follows:
Seventh Grade Fire Fighter: less than one year of consecutive service.
Sixth Grade Fire Fighter: one full year but less than two full years of consecutive service.
Fifth Grade Fire Fighter: two full years but less than three full years of consecutive service.
Fourth Grade Fire Fighter: three full years but less than four full years of consecutive service.
Third Grade Fire Fighter: four full years but less than five full years of consecutive service.
Second Grade Fire Fighter: five full years but less than six full years of consecutive service.
First Grade Fire Fighter: six full years of consecutive service.
[Added 9-2-1997 by Ord. No. 2042-97]
In addition to the duties of any firefighter as set forth in this article, the position of firefighter/emergency medical technician (firefighter/EMT) shall exist within the Township of Maplewood. A firefighter/EMT shall perform such duties as assigned to him or her by the superior officers, by general orders or by special designation.
[Added 4-2-2002 by Ord. No. 2186-02; amended 4-5-2005 by Ord. No. 2287-05; 6-19-2007 by Ord. No. 2408-07; 6-3-2009 by Ord. No. 2595-09]
The Fire Department may provide emergency ambulance transport service to residents, visitors and travelers in Maplewood, which shall be subject to the priority of demands of Fire Department personnel.
Emergency ambulance transport services will be provided to the following medical facilities:
A fee of $800 plus $12 per mile, calculated one way, will be charged to all persons receiving emergency ambulance transport service by the Fire Department. An additional fee of $35 will be charged for oxygen being administered during ambulance transport.
[Amended 6-5-2013 by Ord. No. 2723-13]
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the payment of the fee by any person receiving such emergency ambulance transport service from the Fire Department may be waived or reduced, provided that such person certifies that:
The Business Administrator be and is hereby authorized to retain, as provided by the New Jersey statutes, a third-party administrator to handle the billing and collection of emergency ambulance transport fees for Maplewood.
[Added 5-20-2003 by Ord. No. 2219-03; 5-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2592-09]
Chief. The appointment of the Chief of the Fire Department will be at the discretion of Maplewood Township Committee.
Deputy Chiefs and Captains.
Eligibility and appointments. The promotion procedure covered by this chapter shall apply to promotions for Deputy Chiefs and Captains within the Maplewood Fire Department.
Deputy Chiefs. All candidates for promotion to Deputy Chiefs shall have held the rank of Captain in the Maplewood Fire Department for a minimum of one (completed) year prior to the date of the examination.
Captains. All candidates for promotion to Captain shall have held the rank of a firefighter in the Maplewood Fire Department for a minimum of four (completed) years prior to the date of this examination.
Scoring procedure. Each category will be assigned a maximum point value, which the candidate can earn, depending on his/her ability to do so. Within each category, with exception of the written test, there are subcategories, which are assigned points according to priority. The point values of the subcategories are added to arrive at the candidate's score for the respective category. In like manner, the candidate's scores for the three categories are added to arrive at his/her final score. The maximum potential points that can be earned are 3,000. In the written test and oral interview a "multiplier" is used for the purpose of making the scores in those categories numerically compatible with the other three categories. The maximum point value for each category and the percentage of the maximum points it represents is listed in the order of priority.
Written test - maximum point value: 1,500.
Candidate's test score will be multiplied by 15 to determine his/her score for this category. Example: Candidate's test score of 90, multiplied by 15 would be 1350 for this category. Candidate must achieve passing grade as determined by the New Jersey Career Fire Chief's Association to be eligible for the remainder of the evaluation process.
Personnel record - maximum point value: 900.
Chief and Business Administrator will evaluate candidate's record as follows:
Attendance record (150 points).
Calculation will be based on the average number of occurrences for the last five calendar years of service. The year with the highest number of occurrences will not be counted. Job-related injuries or illnesses will not be counted in the calculation of sick time. The remaining four years will then be added together and divided by four to get the average number of occurrences per year. (In the event of a candidate with only four years of sick time, the same process will be calculated, but only three years would be used.)
Seniority (150 points).
Points for seniority to be earned beginning with candidate's fifth year of service; 15 points for each year with a maximum of 150 points after the completion of 14 years of service.
Departmental review (150 points) or (-150 points).
Departmental review points are based on pass or fail.
Candidates' immediate officers and/or Chief will complete review.
Candidates must work no less than 60 days under immediate officer.
Candidates' final score will be an average of all reviews.
Candidate must score 70% or better to receive category points.
Candidate who score less than 70% will lose 150 points.
Review will consist of 100 items broken into 15 categories.
Review categories and items will be listed under Notice No. 38a of departmental notices.
Captain promotion review will be completed by the firefighter's Captain, Deputy Chief, Executive Deputy Chief, if any, and the Chief.
[Amended 5-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2592-09]
Deputy Chief promotion review will be completed by the Captain's Deputy Chief, Executive Deputy Chief, if any, and the Chief.
Oral interview - maximum point value: 600.
Each Committee person will evaluate candidate on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being the lowest and 10 the highest. This number will be multiplied by 12 to determine the candidate's score for this category. EXAMPLE: Candidate has received an eight from all five Committee persons. Therefore, 5 x 8 x 12 = 480, his/her final score for this category.
Written test. The written test will be administered by the New Jersey Career Fire Chiefs Association or certified outside agency, mutually agreed on by the FMBA and Chief of the Maplewood Fire Department consisting of questions taken from professionally accepted sources. The source material will be identified to all candidates in advance of the administration of the written test with a minimum 90 days' notice required.
Oral interview eligibility. Prior to the oral interviews being conducted, the Chief will post the list of candidates in order, based upon their scores to date. The Township Committee will then interview only the top five candidates based on their scores. In the event of a tie, the Township Committee will interview additional candidates. Chief will provide Township Committee with a list of suggested questions to be used at their option.
Selection of winning candidate. Upon completion of the oral interview, candidate's points will be totaled. Candidates will be promoted based on highest point totals. In the event of a tie between a Maplewood resident and nonresident, the Maplewood resident shall be appointed. In the event of a tie between two Maplewood residents or two nonresidents, seniority will prevail.
Post-promotional procedures. Following Township oral interviews, a completed list will be posted and remain in effect for 24 months. This list will consist of all members and their respective scores. In the event more than five promotions are needed, the Township Committee will interview the next five highest scored candidates. This list may be extended 12 months at the option of the Chief and Township Committee.