Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 41.
Building construction — See Ch. 70.
[Adopted 2-5-1985 by Ord. No. 85-14]

§ 55-1 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
ALARM SYSTEM
Any device designed, when actuated, to produce or emit a sound or transmit a signal or message for the purpose of alerting others to the existence of an emergency situation requiring immediate investigation by alarm, police, fire or other agent.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm system by causes other than those to which the alarm system was designed or intended to respond.
FIRE DEPARTMENT
Shall mean the volunteer fire company or companies located within the Township of Stafford.
TOWNSHIP ALARM ADMINISTRATOR
The Fire Official or any other person authorized by the Township Council to be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter and any administrative duties regarding the regulation and control of alarm business, agents and systems in the Township.
[Amended 3-2-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-08]

§ 55-2 Required inspections and information.

[Amended 3-2-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-08]
A. 
The Township Fire Official or his or her representative is authorized, at reasonable times and upon oral notice, to enter any premises in the Township of Stafford to inspect the installation and/or operation of any alarm device as official business.
B. 
All businesses having fire alarms must submit the names, addresses and emergency numbers of persons to contact, if the alarm is activated, to the Township Fire Official and shall update and/or amend this list monthly. This list is confidential and shall be used by the Fire Official and/or fire departments when necessary to make contact due to official business. In addition to the above, businesses with fire alarms shall install a Rapid Entry Knox-Box® to allow for emergency access by the Fire Official and/or fire departments.

§ 55-3 False alarms.

A. 
The Township Alarm Administrator shall keep a written record (the police event/dispatch card) of all false alarms which summon the Fire Department to investigate.
B. 
After three false alarms in any new calendar year, the Township Alarm Administrator shall charge the owner or lessee of such alarm an administrative inspection fee, as outlined in § 55-4.[1]
[Amended 3-2-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-08]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsections C through F, concerning disconnection of alarm systems, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 3-2-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-08.

§ 55-4 False alarm penalty fees.

[Amended 4-26-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-36; 3-2-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-08]
The following administrative inspection fees shall be applicable as a result of excessive false alarms:
A. 
First to third alarm: $250.
B. 
Fourth alarm: $300.
C. 
Fifth alarm: $350.
D. 
Sixth alarm: $400.
E. 
Seventh alarm: $450.
F. 
Eighth alarm: $500.
G. 
Ninth alarm: $1,000.