[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Highland Park by Ord. No. 1565 (§ 2-13A of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is herewith created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997, to reward volunteer members of the Highland Park Fire Department and the Highland Park First Aid Squad, Inc. for their loyal, diligent, and devoted services to the residents of Highland Park.
The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account for each volunteer member that meets the criteria set forth below; that such contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established by Highland Park pursuant to P.L. 1997, c. 388 (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq.); and that such plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and this chapter.
For each eligible volunteer member who meets the minimum service points criteria of the Highland Park Fire Department or the Highland Park First Aid Squad, Inc., as adopted by the Borough Council, the LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions as follows:
Each active volunteer member of the Highland Park Fire Department shall be credited with points in accordance with the following schedule:
Each active volunteer member of the Highland Park First Aid Squad, Inc. shall be credited with points in accordance with the following schedule:
First aid calls — 20% attendance: 10 points monthly.
First aid calls — 10% attendance: five points monthly.
First aid calls — every 5% above 20%: two points monthly.
First aid and business meeting: five points per meeting.
Parades and community service: five points per event.
Elected officers (business or line): 24 points annually.
First aid drills: 10 points per drill.
LOSAP Administrator: 25 points annually.
First aid certification (current): 10 points annually.
First aid standbys (until rig is in route to hospital) shall earn the same number of points as if volunteer attended call.
Volunteer members of the Highland Park Fire Department and of the Highland Park First Aid Squad, Inc. shall become vested in the LOSAP upon completion of five years service in good standing with either of these respective organizations. Volunteer services performed on or after January 1, 2002 shall be applied towards the five-year vesting period. Credit shall not be provided for volunteer services performed before January 1, 2002.
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated to be $14,750 per year for regular annual services.
This chapter shall not take effect unless it is approved by voters as a public question at the next general election, and if approved, shall become effective January 1, 2002.
Editor's Note: This chapter was approved by voters of the Borough of Highland Park at the November 6, 2001, general election.