Township of Mine Hill, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mine Hill by Ord. No. 78-59 (Ch. VIII, Sec. 8-2, of the 1986 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 252.

§ 40-1 Establishment.

There is hereby authorized and established the Mine Hill Fire Department, to be composed of one company, to be known as the "Mine Hill Fire Company," and such additional companies as the Township Council may authorize and approve.

§ 40-2 Composition.

[Added 3-20-2008 by Ord. No. 10-08]
The Fire Department shall consist of members of the Fire Department of the Township, which shall include the First Aid Squad, which shall be an independent department within the Fire Department, managed solely by the executive board of the First Aid Squad.

§ 40-3 Application for membership.

[Amended by Ord. No. 114-65; Ord. No. 146-70; Ord. No. 170]
A. 
No person shall hereafter become a member of the Fire Department of the Township, or any unit thereof, unless above the age of 18 years, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the Township for a period of one year, or be employed within the Township or live in a bordering community for at least one year immediately preceding the submission of the application. In addition, the applicant shall submit to and pass a physical examination given by the Department physician as required by the New Jersey Firemen's Relief Association, submit a certification of good health to the Department and shall also meet the standards set forth by the Department.
[Amended 6-1-1989 by Ord. No. 422-89]
B. 
Any person who was in good standing in another fire department and can furnish this Department with written certification from that department that he has served a minimum period of one year in that department may apply for membership in this Department, and the residency period may be waived, but no other provision hereof may be waived.
C. 
Applications for membership shall be presented and considered at regular meetings of the Department, provided that an initiation fee, as set forth in Chapter 235, Fees, accompanies the application.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
D. 
All applicants before being considered for membership must be recommended by a member of the Department in good standing.
E. 
The total membership of the Department is limited to 60 persons.
F. 
When an application for membership is received by the Department, it shall be referred to the Board of Engineers of the Department who shall conduct a thorough investigation of the conduct, morals and physical qualifications of the applicant. The Board of Engineers shall report in writing, either favorable or unfavorable, as their investigation shall warrant, at the next regular meeting of the Department. If the Board of Engineers report is accepted by the Department, the applicant will be accepted as a probationary fireman.
[Amended 6-1-1989 by Ord. No. 422-89]
G. 
Each applicant shall be required to serve a one-year probationary period and shall complete the course offered by the Morris County Fire College or complete the Department Probationary Training Program. The applicant must conform to any section of the bylaws concerning probationary firemen. The Board of Engineers shall review the progress of a probationary fireman quarterly and report to the Department at the next regular meeting. If any report of the Board of Engineers is unfavorable, that member will be dropped from the roll of the Department.
H. 
To be eligible for the relief benefits of the New Jersey State Firemen's Association, a member must join the Mine Hill Fire Department between the ages of 18 and 45 and be an active member as provided for under the rules of the New Jersey State Firemen's Association.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 40-4 Attendance requirements; exemption for active life members.

A. 
Every member of the Fire Department shall, in each and every year, perform at least 60% of duty, to be composed of actual attendance and duty at fires and drills, and a record shall be kept of such attendance and duty by the Chief of the Fire Department and reported to the municipal officers annually.
B. 
Any member upon reaching 25 years of active duty will be officially made an active life member. Life members are exempt from all requirements of Subsection A of this section.
[Added 6-1-1989 by Ord. No. 422-89]

§ 40-5 Appointments.

[Amended 6-1-1989 by Ord. No. 422-89]
Every person seeking to join the Fire Department shall make application to the company or unit which he desires to join, and after approval of his membership by the Chief and confirmation by the municipal officer, his name shall be entered on a roll of firemen kept by the Municipal Clerk.

§ 40-6 Exemption certificates.

[Amended 6-1-1989 by Ord. No. 422-89]
Exemption certificates may be issued to members of the Fire Department who shall have served seven years in active duty and qualify in accordance with state regulations (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-56 et seq.).

§ 40-7 Associate members.

[Added 6-1-1989 by Ord. No. 422-89]
Township employees may serve as associate members if Township employees so desire. Associate members will assist at the fire scene but will not be required to go into the actual fire. Associate members will receive all Fire Department privileges.

§ 40-8 Junior Fire Department Auxiliary.

[Added 3-20-2008 by Ord. No. 10-08]
A. 
A Junior Fire Department Auxiliary may be established in conjunction with the Fire Department. This Junior Fire Department Auxiliary shall be established as a distinct entity from the Fire Department. It shall be controlled by the Fire Department and shall consist of Township residents at least 16 years of age. Written parental authorization in accordance with applicable statutes, specifically N.J.S.A. 40A:14-96, or successor legislation, shall be required. Applicants for the Junior Fire Department Auxiliary shall be screened by the Fire Department Board of Officers.
B. 
Those applying to be members of the Junior Fire Department Auxiliary may choose to work with the First Aid Squad. These members shall be controlled by the First Aid Squad and shall consist of Township residents at least 16 years of age. Written parental authorization in accordance with applicable statutes, specifically N.J.S.A. 40A:14-96, or successor legislation, shall be required. Applicants for the Junior Fire Department Auxiliary that choose to work with the First Aid Squad shall be screened by the First Aid Squad Board of Officers.

§ 40-9 Insurance.

[Added 3-20-2008 by Ord. No. 10-08]
The Township may, but is not required to, provide the same insurance coverage for members of the Junior Fire Department Auxiliary as it provides for the regular volunteer firemen.