[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of East Orange 9-11-1972 by Ord. No. 34-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Added 7-15-1985 by Ord. No. 17-1985]
Local enforcement. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq., shall be locally enforced in the City of East Orange.
Agency designation. The local enforcing agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the Department of Fire of the City of East Orange.
Duties. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the City of East Orange other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
Life-hazard uses. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall carry out the periodic inspections of life-hazard uses as required by the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.
Organization. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be part of the Department of Fire and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Deputy Chief/Fire Prevention Officer, who shall be responsible to the Chief of the Department.
Appointments; term of office; removal.
Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners pursuant to law, upon the recommendation of the Chief of the Fire Department and the Fire Official.
Removal from office. Inspectors and other employees of the local enforcing agency shall be subject to removal for inefficiency or misconduct, pursuant to law, by the Board of Fire Commissioners with advice of the Chief of Department and the Fire Official.
Board of Appeals. Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208), any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of the City of East Orange.
Additional required inspections and fees.
[Amended 7-20-1987 by Ord. No. 20-1987; 4-10-2000 by Ord. No. 8-2000; 6-20-2011 by Ord. No. 14-2011; 11-28-2011 by Ord. No. 34-2011]
In addition to the inspection and fees required pursuant to the Act, the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs and the registrations required by the Uniform Fire Code, all owners, grantees, lessees, assignees and successors in interest (hereinafter collectively referred to as "users") of buildings, structures and/or facilities which have non-life-hazard uses must register with the Fire Prevention Bureau. The Fire Prevention Bureau shall make annual inspections of non-life-hazard uses. The annual inspection fees shall be as follows:
Uses not classified above that are subject to the Uniform Fire Code will be classified as a business use.
Users required to register with the state for life-hazard uses shall not be required to register under this section.
Permits. The permit fees established by the Uniform Fire Code [N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c) et seq.] shall be as follows:
[Amended 6-20-2011 by Ord. No. 14-2011; 10-9-2012 by Ord. No. 26-2012]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 146-1, Adoption of standards by reference, as amended.
[Amended 11-10-1980 by Ord. No. 15-1980]
Said fire prevention standards are hereby amended and supplemented by adding the following Appendix thereto:
[Added 1-23-1984 by Ord. No. 3-1984]
The Arson Investigation Unit shall be established and designated the "Arson Investigation Unit" within the Fire Prevention Bureau in the Fire Department of the City of East Orange.
[Amended 3-5-1984 by Ord. No. 8-1984]
Before any member is assigned to the Arson Investigation Unit, he shall have attended and successfully completed a basic training course for police officers at a school approved by the Police Training Commission and an arson investigation course approved by the Division of Criminal Justice. All members shall attend and successfully complete in-service training programs as required by the Division of Criminal Justice.
Any member who is assigned full-time to the Arson Investigation Unit shall have the same powers and authority of police officers within the municipality while engaged in the actual performance of arson investigation duties. Such members shall submit to a psychiatric/psychological screening test and, upon successful completion thereof, shall be authorized to carry a firearm while engaged in the actual performance of arson investigation duties.
Arson Unit investigators shall carry out their duties in accordance with rules, regulations and procedures as established by the Board of Fire Commissioners and any special requirements made by the Chief of Police, as may be required by law.
[Added 11-10-1986 by Ord. No. 46-1986]
Superintendents of all buildings with five or more units, where the owner is not an occupant, shall be required to perform inspections and to keep daily, monthly and yearly logs. No superintendent shall be relieved from any such duty and responsibility nor be entitled to defend against any charge of violation thereof by reason of the fact that the owner is also responsible therefor and in violation thereof.
Daily inspection. Superintendents shall be responsible for performing daily inspections of buildings they maintain as follows. They shall:
Inspect hallways to see that all extinguishers are in the proper place and hallways are free of storage, debris, rubbish and that all vacant apartments are properly secured.
Inspect the cockloft area to see that it is properly secured.
Inspect the roof door to see that it is in proper order with self-locking hardware and capable of being opened from the inside.
Inspect the roof area to see that it is free of debris and mantraps.
Inspect the basement area for the following:
Fire-resistive ceiling is intact with no breaks, tears, holes, etc.
Area is free of storage, debris and rubbish.
Adequate illumination is provided.
Boiler room is free from debris and furnished with proper extinguishers.
Exterior windows are intact and free from breakage.
Utility meters are free from all obstructions and well lit at all times.
Electric wiring is in proper order and free from dangling or unsupported wiring and that cables are secure and free from open junction boxes.
Inspect the garbage disposal area to see that it is in proper order.
Inspect the exterior grounds to ensure that they are free of rubbish and debris.
Inspect all exterior and exit doors to see that self-closing and self-locking mechanisms are in proper working condition.
Monthly inspections. Superintendents shall also be responsible for performing monthly inspections of buildings they maintain as follows:
They shall inspect and test hard-wired smoke alarm systems and logs.
They shall check operation of fire escapes and ladders to assure that they are counterbalanced and working properly.
All monthly inspections are to be logged in accordance with forms provided by the Department of Property Maintenance.
Superintendents must check all buildings with standpipe systems in the following manner:
Superintendents must check all buildings with sprinkler systems in the following manner:
Yearly inspections. Superintendents shall also be responsible for performing yearly inspections of buildings they maintain as follows:
They shall replace all batteries and test all smoke detectors in individual apartments.
They shall check all fire-escape windows, including those within individual apartments, to ensure proper opening.
They shall check to see that the fire-protection envelope is intact without breaks in walls, ceilings, floors, doors or windows.
All yearly inspections are to be logged in accordance with forms provided by the Department of Property Maintenance. These inspections shall be accomplished by the superintendent between the first and 15th day of October in each year.
Penalties. Upon failure of a superintendent to perform the duties and responsibilities outlined in this section or to promptly notify the owner or Fire Prevention Bureau in accordance with Subsection D of this section, the superintendent and the owner or operator of the dwelling shall be liable for the penalties prescribed by each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code as adopted by the City of East Orange, Chapter 146.
[Added 1-24-2005 by Ord. No. 1-2005]
Upon the approval of the Fire Official, fire lanes shall be designated on public and private property devoted to public use, including but not limited to shopping centers, churches, hospitals, schools, apartment houses and similar uses.
These fire lanes shall be established to ensure fire equipment and other emergency vehicles unobstructed means of ingress and egress to such properties and the buildings, persons and vehicles thereon in case of fire or other emergency.
The number, location, width, length and markings of such areas shall be determined by the Fire Official of the City of East Orange.
Any person violating this section shall be subject to impoundment of the vehicle and a fine not less than $74 and not more than $2,000, 90 days' imprisonment and/or 90 days of community service. Each day that such violation occurs shall be construed as a separate offense.
Licensed fire inspectors assigned to the East Orange Fire Prevention Bureau and police officers employed by the City of East Orange shall be authorized to issue summonses on and have offending vehicles removed from these fire lanes, regardless of whether on public or private property.