[HISTORY: Adopted by Township Committee of the Township of Kingwood 11-20-1981 as Ord. No. 4-12-81. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby adopted by the Kingwood Township Committee the fire-control measures and regulations as herein set forth for the purposes of controlling conditions which could impede or interfere with fire-suppression forces.
The fire official, or his duly authorized representatives, who may be in charge at the scene of any fire or other emergency involving the protection of life and/or property is empowered to direct such operations as may be necessary to extinguish or control any suspected or reported fires, gas leaks or other hazardous conditions or situations and to take any other action necessary in the reasonable performance of his duty. The fire official may prohibit any person, vehicle or object from approaching the scene and may remove or cause to be removed any person, vehicle or object which may impede or interfere with the operations of the Fire Department. The fire official may remove or cause to be removed any person, vehicle or object from hazardous areas. All persons ordered to leave a hazardous area shall do so immediately and shall not reenter the area until authorized to do so by the fire official.
It shall be unlawful to interfere with, attempt to interfere with, conspire to interfere with, obstruct or restrict the mobility of or block the path of travel of any Fire Department emergency vehicle in any way or to interfere with, attempt to interfere with, conspire to interfere with, obstruct or hamper any Fire Department operation.
A person shall not willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of the fire official or interfere with the compliance attempts of another individual.
A vehicle shall not be driven or propelled over any unprotected fire hose of the Fire Department when laid down on any street, alleyway, private drive or public or private parking area or any other vehicular roadway without the consent of the fire official in command of the operation.
Authorized emergency vehicles shall be restricted to those which are defined and authorized under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
Upon the approach of any authorized emergency vehicle, given audible and visual signal, the operator of every other vehicle shall immediately drive the same to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb of the street or roadway, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle or vehicles shall have passed unless otherwise directed by the fire official or a police officer.
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle, other than one on official business, to follow closer than 300 feet from any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm or to drive any vehicle within the immediate area where a fire apparatus has stopped and answered to a fire alarm.
A person shall not, without proper authorization from the fire official in charge of the Fire Department emergency equipment, cling to, attach himself to, climb upon or into, board or swing upon any Fire Department emergency vehicle, whether the same is in motion or at rest, or sound the siren, horn, bell or other sound-producing device thereon or manipulate or tamper with, or attempt to manipulate or tamper with, any levers, valves, switches, starting devices, brakes, pumps or any equipment or protective clothing on or a part of any Fire Department emergency vehicle.
It shall be unlawful for any person to damage or deface, or attempt or conspire to damage or deface, any Fire Department emergency vehicle at any time or to injure, or attempt to injure or conspire to injure, Fire Department personnel while performing departmental duties.
The driver of any emergency vehicle, as defined in § 77-6 of this chapter, shall not sound the siren thereon or have the front red lights on or disobey any existing traffic regulation, except when said vehicle is responding to an emergency call or when responding to, but not upon returning from, a fire. The driver of any emergency vehicle may:
Park or stand irrespective of the provisions of existing traffic regulations.
Proceed past a red or stop signal or other sign, but only after slowing down, as may be necessary for safe operation.
Exceed the prima facie speed limit so long as the action does not endanger life or property.
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
The exemptions herein granted to an emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any such vehicle while in motion sounds an audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one lighted lamp displaying a red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of 500 feet to the front of such vehicle.
It shall be unlawful to obscure from view, damage, deface, obstruct or restrict the access to any fire hydrant or any Fire Department connection for the pressurization of fire-suppression systems, including fire hydrants and Fire Department connections that are located on public or private streets and access lanes or private property. The fire official shall give a notice of violation and order to remedy such condition in instances where the hazard is not an imminent threat. If, upon the expiration of the time mentioned in the notice of violation, obstructions or encroachments are not removed, the fire official may remove the same summarily. In instances where the condition poses an imminent threat, the fire official may remove the same summarily. Any costs incurred in the performance of the necessary work to remove the obstruction shall be paid from the municipal treasury on a certificate of the fire official and, with the approval of the chief administrative official and the legal authority of the municipality, the municipality shall institute appropriate action for recovery of the cost.
A person shall not use or operate any fire hydrant intended for the use of the Fire Department for fire-suppression purposes unless such person first secures a permit for such use from the fire official and the water company having jurisdiction. This section shall not apply to the use of such hydrants by a person employed by or authorized to make use by the water company having jurisdiction.
A person shall not obstruct, remove, tamper with or otherwise disturb any fire hydrant or fire appliance required to be installed or retained under the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code, except for the purposes of extinguishing fire, training or testing purposes, recharging or making necessary repairs or when permitted by the fire official. Whenever a fire appliance is removed as herein permitted, it shall be replaced or reinstalled as soon as the purpose for which it was removed has been accomplished. Defective and nonapproved fire appliances or equipment shall be replaced or repaired as directed by the fire official.
A person shall not sell, trade, loan or give away any form, type or kind of fire extinguisher which is not approved by the fire official or which is not in proper working order or the contents of which do not meet the requirements of the fire official. The requirements of this section shall not apply to the sale, trade or exchange of obsolete or damaged equipment for junk when said units are permanently disfigured or marked with a permanent sign identifying the unit as junk.
Any person or persons, firm, corporation or entity violating any section of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or both.