Borough of Longport, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Longport 4-5-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-02.[1]Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 38.
Firesafety — See Ch. 93.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 20, Fire Department, adopted 2-10-1913, as amended.

§ 20-1 Department established; control; services provided.

A. 
There is hereby established in the Department of Public Safety in the Borough of Longport, Atlantic County, New Jersey, a fire department to be known and designated as "Longport Fire Department." The Fire Department shall be under the supervision of the Director of Public Safety, except at a fire scene, drill or disaster at which time the Fire Chief or other superior officer of the Fire Department in charge shall have complete control and supervision of the Fire Department. The Fire Department shall consist of the Longport Volunteer Fire Department and its members. The Fire Department shall provide life safety, incident stabilization and property and environmental conservation. In accordance with, and not in conflict with, the laws of the State of New Jersey, the Fire Department shall be responsible to respond to fires and explosions, hazardous material incidents, technical rescue incidents, emergency medical incidents and provide ambulance services.
B. 
The Fire Department shall take part in and comply with mutual aid plans as required by Atlantic County or the State of New Jersey.

§ 20-2 Officers; terms of office; qualifications.

A. 
There shall be appointed by the Director of Public Safety one member of the Longport Fire Department to the position of Fire Chief. The Fire Chief shall be appointed for a term of four years. No member of the Fire Department shall be eligible for the position of Fire Chief unless they have held the office of Assistant Fire Chief for at least one term, at least two years prior to appointment.
B. 
There shall be no more than two Assistant Fire Chiefs. The Assistant Chiefs shall be recommended by the Fire Chief for appointment by the Director of Public Safety. The Assistant Fire Chiefs shall be appointed for a term of three years. No member of the Fire Department shall be eligible for the position of Assistant Fire Chief unless they have held the office of Fire Captain for at least one term, at least two years prior to appointment.
C. 
There shall be no more than four Fire Captains. They shall be recommended by the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chiefs for appointment by the Director of Public Safety. The Fire Captains shall serve for a term of two years. One Fire Captain shall serve as the Fire Department Safety Officer as appointed by the Fire Chief. No member of the Fire Department shall be eligible for the position of Fire Captain unless they have held the office of Fire Lieutenant for at least one term, at least two, years prior to appointment.
D. 
Safety Officer. The Fire Chief shall appoint an Assistant Fire Chief or one of the Fire Captains to serve as the Fire Department Safety Officer, concurrent with his term of office.
E. 
The membership of the Longport Volunteer Fire Department shall provide the Fire Chief with no more than four candidates to be considered for appointment to the rank of Lieutenant. The names shall be submitted no later than December 7. The Fire Chief shall then forward the names to the Director of Public Safety for consideration for appointment to the position of Lieutenant. No member of the Fire Department shall be eligible for the position of Fire Lieutenant unless they have been a member of the Fire Department for at least four years.
F. 
Every candidate for an officer position and every officer shall be and shall remain a member in good standing of the Longport Volunteer Fire Department. "Good standing" is defined by the Rules and Regulations of the Longport Volunteer Fire Department.

§ 20-3 Duties of Fire Chief.

A. 
The Fire Chief shall be the ranking officer in the Fire Department.
B. 
The Fire Chief shall have sole authority within the fire lines established by the Fire Chief or other superior fire officer with respect to all firefighting operations relating to the protection of lives and property endangered by such fire.
C. 
The Fire Chief shall be responsible for the control, efficiency and management of the Fire Department and for the enforcement of the rules and regulations governing the same and for carrying out the lawful orders of the Director of Public Safety.
D. 
The Fire Chief shall establish the Rules and Regulations for governing the Fire Department, and such Department orders, directives, procedures and guides as needed.
E. 
The Fire Chief shall maintain any and all qualifications as required by the Division of Fire Safety of the State of New Jersey and in the Rules and Regulations of the Longport Fire Department.

§ 20-4 Duties of Assistant Chiefs.

The Assistant Chiefs shall be subject to the orders of the Fire Chief and in the absence of the Fire Chief shall perform all the duties of the Fire Chief in order of seniority. The Assistant Chiefs shall maintain any and all qualifications required by the Division of Fire Safety of the State of New Jersey and in the Rules and Regulations of the Longport Fire Department.

§ 20-5 Duties of Fire Captains.

The Fire Captains shall be subject to the orders of the Fire Chief and the Assistant Fire Chiefs and in the absence of both the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chiefs, the Fire Captains in order of seniority of appointment shall perform the duties of the Fire Chief. The Fire Captains shall maintain any and all qualifications required by the Division of Fire Safety of the State of New Jersey and in the Rules and Regulations of the Longport Fire Department.

§ 20-6 Duties of Fire Lieutenants.

The Fire Lieutenants shall be subject to the orders of the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chiefs and Fire Captains. In the absence of the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chiefs and Fire Captains, the Fire Lieutenants in order of seniority of appointment shall perform the duties of the Fire Chief. The Fire Lieutenants shall maintain any and all qualifications as required by the Division of Fire Safety of the State of New Jersey and in the Rules and Regulations of the Longport Fire Department.

§ 20-7 Removal from office.

The Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chiefs and Fire Captains shall be subject to removal from office for just cause. Each officer shall be afforded an opportunity to a hearing before the Director of Public Safety or a designated hearing officer. The Officer shall be notified in writing at least 15 days prior to such hearing.

§ 20-8 Compensation.

The officers of the Longport Fire Department shall receive such compensation from the Borough as the Board of Commissioners may fix by ordinance.

§ 20-9 Department limited.

The Longport Fire Department shall, after the adoption of this chapter, consist of the Longport Fire Department and Longport Volunteer Fire Company, and no additional fire companies shall hereafter be organized in the Borough of Longport, New Jersey.