Borough of Fair Lawn, NJ
Bergen County

§ 13-54
Clothing allowance. 

§ 13-55
Qualifying for certificate of exemption. 

§ 13-54 Clothing allowance.

A. 

The firefighters of the Volunteer Fire Department in good standing who have responded to 30% of the calls for duty in attendance at alarms and drills combined shall annually receive a clothing allowance as provided in the municipal budget for that particular year. Each company will compute proportionate shares of clothing allowances for members who have made less than the required attendance of 30% at alarms and drills for 100% allowance. Any member with 25 years of service and who is still on the active roll shall receive the 100% allowance as provided in the municipal budget for that particular year.

B. 

The Captain of each company shall pay to the appropriate firefighter the annual clothing allowance pursuant to the following schedule:

Attendance at Number of Alarms and Drills Allowance
0% to 5% 0%
6% to 10% 20%
11% to 15% 40%
16% to 20% 60%
21% to 25% 80%
26% to 29% 90%
30% 100%

§ 13-55 Qualifying for certificate of exemption.

A. 

In order for an active firefighter to obtain a certificate of exemption pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-56, the firefighter must serve seven or more years on active duty and during that period, attend 60% of all alarms, and not more than 20 drills may be applied for the calculation of 60%, to be eligible for a certificate of exemption. All applications for the certificate shall be made to and investigated by the Fire Board and referred to the Mayor and Council with a report and recommendation. The Mayor and Council shall, after consideration of the application, report and recommendation, either refuse or grant the application.

B. 

All firefighters who have received their certificates of exemption, served a minimum of 15 years of active service and retired from active service after reaching 55 years of age, shall receive a clothing allowance based on the following schedule:

(1) 

Fifteen years of service: 50% of the clothing allowance.

(2) 

Twenty years of service: 75% of the clothing allowance.

(3) 

Twenty-five years of service: 100% of the clothing allowance.