[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Holland 7-5-1983 by Ord. No. 83-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the purpose of this chapter to establish the Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., as the Township's official volunteer fire company in order to facilitate its entry into the New Jersey State Firemen's Association.
It is hereby determined and declared that the Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., a duly incorporated volunteer fire company of the State of New Jersey, is the official volunteer fire company of this Township.
No person shall hereafter become a member of the Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., or any unit thereof unless, at the time of appointment, such person is above the age of 18 years and not over the age of 40 years, a resident of this Township and a citizen of the United States of good moral character. He or she shall be physically fit to perform the duties of a fireman as evidenced by a certificate to that effect by a practicing physician of the State of New Jersey. This certificate shall be provided at either the member's own expense or the expense of the Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Every member of the Fire Company shall, in each and every year, perform at least 60% of fire duty, as defined by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-55 and 40A:14-56. These statutory definitions are as follows:
- FIRE DUTY
- Active participation in the usual duties of a fireman under the direction and supervision of the official in charge of the Fire Department and force.
- SIXTY PERCENT OF DUTY
- Actual recorded attendance and rendering of fire service at not less than 60% of regular alarms of fire answerable by the members during any calendar year; the total number of alarms used in computing said percentage may include not more than 20 fire drills called at the direction of the official in charge of the Fire Department or force.
A record shall be kept of such attendance and duty by the Chief of the Fire Company and reported to the Township Committee annually.
Each person seeking to join the Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company. Inc., shall make application to the Fire Company, and, upon election to membership by vote of a majority of the unit present and voting, he or she shall become a member in good standing of the Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., after approval of his or her membership by the Chief of the Fire Company and confirmation by the Township Committee. His or her name shall be entered on a roll of firemen kept by the Township Clerk.
Upon adoption of this chapter, the Township Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to forward a certified copy of this chapter to the New Jersey State Firemen's Association.