[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Independence 8-8-1956 (Ch. 25 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 63.
There is hereby authorized and established the Independence Township Fire Department to be composed of one company, to be known as "Independence Township Volunteer Fire Department," and such additional companies as the Township Committee may authorize and approve.
[Amended 2-12-1973; 12-10-1984 by Ord. No. 84-11]
No person shall hereafter become an active member of the Fire Department of the Township of Independence or any unit thereof unless between the ages of 18 and 55 years of age. He shall be physically fit to perform the duties of a fireman, evidenced by a certificate to that effect, by a practicing physician of the State of New Jersey, after physical examination for that purpose.
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.
Every person seeking to join the Fire Department shall make application to the company or unit which he desires to join, and upon his election to membership by vote of a majority of the unit present and voting, he shall become a member in good standing of the Fire Department after approval of his membership by the Chief and confirmation by the municipal officers, and his name shall be entered on a roll of firemen kept by the Municipal Clerk.
To recruit members not yet old enough to join the regular Fire Company and train them in the fundamentals of fire fighting.
Junior members will learn by attending training drills and meetings and by assisting in a limited capacity at the scenes of fire and other emergencies. (Junior members are not allowed in burning structures.)
The junior member will have the advantage of a fraternal organization and a social outlet.
These experiences will help the junior member:
An applicant for membership must be a citizen of the United States between the ages of 16 and 18 years, be of good moral character and in good mental and physical condition. Applicant for a junior membership must have no criminal record and reside in the fire response area.
An applicant for junior membership must appear in front of the Board of Review and then be brought before the membership of the Department for approval for membership.
Junior member applicants must have a parent or guardian's approval in writing. Parent or guardian must appear with the applicant at the Board of Review meeting.
Exemption certificates may be issued to members of the Fire Department who shall have served seven years in active duty, under municipal control, as required by law of April 29, 1935, as amended May 26, 1936.