Borough of Lavallette, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Lavallette. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 27.
First Aid Squad — See Ch. 30.

§ 37A-1 LOSAP established; purpose.

A. 
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is herewith created in accordance with P.L. 1997, c. 388, to reward members of the Fire Company and First Aid Squad of the Borough of Lavallette for their loyal, diligent, and devoted services to the residents of the Borough of Lavallette.
B. 
The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account for each volunteer member that meets the criteria set forth herein. Such contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established by the Borough of Lavallette pursuant to P.L. 1997, c. 388, and said plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the United States Internal Revenue Code, and this chapter.

§ 37A-2 Contribution criteria.

The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to each eligible member that meets the criteria as follows:
A. 
Any active volunteer member shall be eligible to participate in the plan immediately upon commencement of active emergency services.
B. 
Termination of service. Any participant who terminates service as an active volunteer member shall cease to participate hereunder. A former participant will become a participant immediately upon returning to the service of the plan administrator as an active volunteer member.

§ 37A-3 Program cost.

The estimated total cost of the program has been calculated at $45,000 for the year 2003, based upon estimated maximum Volunteer Fire Company and First Aid Squad membership. The estimated total annual program cost will vary from year to year based upon estimated maximum Volunteer Fire Company and First Aid Squad membership for the year in question.

§ 37A-4 Point schedule.

Each active volunteer member shall be credited with points for volunteer services provided to the Fire Company and First Aid Squad of the Borough of Lavallette in accordance with the point schedule set forth as follows:
A. 
Fire Department. A year of active emergency service shall be credited under the plan for each plan year in which an active volunteer fire fighter of the Lavallette Volunteer Fire Company accumulates at least 40 points. A year of active service will commence January 1 and end December 31 of each year. Points shall be granted in accordance with the following system. Such system shall provide that points shall be granted for the following activities and upon the approval of the governing body:
(1) 
Training courses: 20 points maximum.
(a) 
Any training course approved by the governing body: one point per hour.
(b) 
Training associated with a scheduled drill will not qualify for points under this section.
(2) 
Drills: 15 points maximum; one point per drill. Each drill shall be a minimum of two hours. Any person who does not have at least six points acquired for drills will be deemed to have not met the minimum requirements, regardless of his or her point total.
(3) 
Elected or appointed position: 15 points maximum.
(a) 
Positions which shall qualify for points under this section are line officers, Fire Department officers and President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Recording Secretary.
(b) 
Upon completion of a one-year term in an elected or appointed position the appropriate point value shall be applied.
(c) 
An active volunteer firefighter elected to serve as a delegate to a fire-fighters’ convention shall be eligible to receive one point per meeting.
(4) 
Attendance at meetings: 15 points maximum. Attendance at any official meetings of the Department: one point per meeting. Meetings shall include any meeting in which the member represents the firehouse. Any person who does not have at least six points acquired for meetings will be deemed to have not met the minimum requirements, regardless of his or her point total.
(5) 
Participation in Department responses: 25 points maximum. Points for responding to a minimum number of calls is outlined below: The following graded scale is based on actual response to fire calls and does not include work credits:
Percentage of Participation
Points Earned
10%
10
20%
25
(a) 
Any person who does not have at least 10 points acquired for alarms will be deemed to have not met the minimum requirements, regardless of his or her point total.
(6) 
Miscellaneous activities: maximum 20 points. Participation in inspections and other activities covered by the New Jersey Volunteer Length of Service Award Law and not otherwise listed: one point per activity as approved by the governing body. Each activity must be a minimum of two hours.
(7) 
The fixed annual contribution to a deferred income account for each active member who successfully earns a minimum of 40 points shall be as follows:
(a) 
Five or more years of service: $1,000.
(b) 
Three or four years of service: $ 800.
(c) 
One or two years of service: $ 600.
(8) 
Credit for prior years of service. A member of the Fire Department shall be credited with a year of service for each year he or she was a member of the Lavallette Fire Department in good standing based on the current bylaws. A credit for a year of service can be earned for each year starting January 1, 1992, through December 31, 2001, provided 40 points have been completed based on the member’s performance in that year if the program had been in place at that time.
B. 
First Aid Squad. A year of active emergency service shall be credited under the plan for each plan year in which an active volunteer member of the Lavallette Volunteer First Aid Squad accumulates at least 60 points. A year of active service will commence January 1 and end December 31 of each year. Points shall be granted in accordance with the following system. Such system shall provide that points shall be granted for the following activities and upon the approval of the governing body:
(1) 
Training courses: 25 points maximum.
(a) 
Any course approved by the governing body: one point per hour.
(b) 
Training associated with a scheduled drill will not qualify for points under this section.
(2) 
Drills: 20 points maximum; one point per drill. Each drill shall be a minimum of two hours.
(3) 
Officer of the First Aid Squad: 10 points maximum.
(a) 
Officers of the First Aid Squad are Captain, Lieutenant, Second Lieutenant and Engineer, Second Engineer, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Recording Secretary.
(b) 
Upon completion of a one-year term as an officer, the appropriate point value shall be applied.
(c) 
An active member of the First Aid Squad elected to serve as a delegate to a convention shall be eligible to receive one point per meeting.
(4) 
Attendance at meetings: 20 points maximum; attendance at any official meetings of the organization: one point per meeting. Meetings shall include any meeting in which the member represents the organization.
(5) 
Participation in Department responses: 60 points maximum. Points for responding to the minimum number of calls are outlined below: The following graded scale is based on actual response to first aid calls and does not include work credits:
Percentage of Participation
Points Earned
10%
10
20%
25
50%
60
(6) 
Duty crew: 30 points maximum.
(a) 
One point per duty crew service. Duty crew consists of a twelve-hour day or night shift. Shifts shall be from 6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. Assignment to duty crew must be scheduled one week in advance of shift.
(7) 
Miscellaneous activities: maximum 25 points. Participation in inspections and other activities covered by the New Jersey Volunteer Length of Service Award Law and not otherwise listed: one point per activity as approved by the governing body. Each activity must be a minimum of two hours.
(8) 
The fixed annual contribution to a deferred income account for each active member who successfully earns a minimum of 60 points shall be as follows:
(a) 
Five or more years of service: $1,000.
(b) 
Three or four years of service: $ 800.
(c) 
One or two years of service: $ 600.
(9) 
Credit for years of service - A member of the First Aid Squad shall be credited with a year of service for each year he or she was a member of the Lavallette First Aid Squad in good standing based on the current bylaws. A year of service credit can be earned for each year starting January 1, 1992, through December 31, 2002, provided 60 points would have been earned in that year based on the member’s performance had the LOSAP been in place at that time.

§ 37A-5 Minimum and maximum contribution.

The minimum contribution for each active volunteer member shall be $100 per year of active emergency service, and the maximum contribution for each active volunteer member shall be $1,150 per year of active emergency service, subject to periodic increases permitted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-185.

§ 37A-6 Filing of chapter.

A copy of this chapter, once approved by the voters pursuant to the public question required by P.L. 1997, c. 388, shall be filed with the Division of Local Government Services within 30 days of the date of the referendum.

§ 37A-7 Applicable law.

All provisions of the Emergency Services Volunteer Length of Service Award Program Act, P.L. 1997, c. 388, and regulations promulgated herewith, N.J.A.C. 5:30-14.1 et seq, as well as any revisions, amendments or additions to the Act or the regulations are hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this chapter.