Police Department — See Ch. 54.
§ 30-2Qualifications for membership.
§ 30-3Approval of membership application.
§ 30-4Application for transfer.
§ 30-5Election of officers.
§ 30-6Board of Fire Officers.
§ 30-7Supervision of Department; chain
§ 30-8Response procedure.
§ 30-9Duties of Chief.
§ 30-10Duties of fire officers.
§ 30-11Operation of apparatus.
§ 30-13Equipment and repairs.
§ 30-14Removal, suspension or demotion
§ 30-15Clothing allowance.
§ 30-16Pension upon death of volunteer
§ 30-17Inactive members.
The Mayor and Borough Council, through the Board of Fire Officers, shall have primary responsibility for setting the general policies of the Fire Department. This shall include encouraging general fire protection activities, provision of necessary funds to operate the Fire Department, and establishment of the scope and level of service provided by the Fire Department.
The established rules and regulations of the Department shall serve to govern the overall operations of the North Arlington Fire Department.
The Fire Department of the Borough of North Arlington shall consist of three volunteer companies and an authorized strength of 85 members. Company strength shall be:
An applicant for membership in the North Arlington Fire Department shall meet the following requirements:
Be a citizen of the United States of America.
Be a resident of the Borough of North Arlington for at least six months, and shall remain a resident of the Borough during his/her term of service. The only exception of this requirement is if the qualifications are meet for a special duty fire fighter as defined in § 30-2B.
Shall have reached the age of 18 and shall not be a student at any secondary school.
Shall possess a valid New Jersey driver's license.
Shall consent to a criminal record check conducted by the North Arlington Police Department.
Newly appointed members shall be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
Special duty fire fighters.
An applicant for membership as a special duty fire fighter in the North Arlington Fire Department shall meet the following requirements:
Rights, duties, privileges and restrictions of special duty fire fighter.
Special duty fire fighters will have the rights, duties and privileges of active members of the Fire Department, except eligibility for election to the position of Chief, Assistant Chief, Captain, Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant.
There will be no more then three special duty fire fighters on each company's roster.
All applications for membership to any company shall be duly approved by the said company and submitted to the Board of Fire Officers and, upon receiving the Board's approval, shall be submitted to the Mayor and Council for confirmation.
All applications for transfers from one company to another shall follow the following procedure:
The terms of all officers shall be for one year, commencing January 1.
Company elections shall be held during October of each year.
All members of the Department shall hold a meeting to be presided over by the Chair of the Fire Committee of the Borough Council at 7:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of December of each year. The purpose of the meeting shall be the election of Chief, Assistant Chief, and Deputy Chief of the Department. The office of the three Chiefs shall rotate among the companies, and each of them shall be of a different company. No member shall be eligible for election to the office of Chief, Assistant Chief, or Deputy Chief, unless he/she has been a member of the Department for five years and has served in the position of Captain or Lieutenant for at least one year prior to the commencement of his/her term of office.
Each company shall have the right to nominate their own member for the office of Chief, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief, to which said company shall be entitled.
The Department, at its annual meeting, shall also elect, from among the members of the Board, a Secretary-Treasurer to the Board.
The Department, at its annual meeting, shall also elect, from among the members of the Department, a Department Chaplain.
The Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, Ex-Chiefs, Captains, and Lieutenants of each company who are active members of the North Arlington Fire Department shall constitute the Board of Fire Officers. The Board shall administer the affairs of the Department when it is not on active duty, subject to the approval of the Mayor and Borough Council; enforce the bylaws of the Board and latest Borough ordinances; promulgate and enforce the Department rules and regulations; and shall keep permanent records of all its affairs, including but not limited to:
The Board shall meet monthly, or more frequently if necessary, to transact the business of the Department.
When the Department is not on active duty, it shall be under the general supervision of the Chief of the Department; provided, however, that such supervision shall be subject to and not in conflict with the latest Borough ordinances, bylaws of the Board of Fire Officers, or the Department rules and regulations.
When the Department is attending a fire or other emergency, it shall be under the absolute control of the Chief of the Department and, in his/her absence, the Assistant Chief and, in his/her absence, the Deputy Chief.
In the event that no Chief officer is present, the order of rank shall descend as established by the Department rules and regulations.
The Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, or officer in command shall have general police power at all fires in any area of the Borough actually under the supervision and control of the Fire Department.
Upon a general alarm of fire or other emergency, it shall be the duty of each member to report immediately to their respective station and convey their apparatus to the incident, and perform any duty that may be required. They shall remain on duty until relieved by order of the incident commander or a company officer.
On other than a general alarm, it shall be the duty of each member to respond as designated in the message or in accord with established procedures.
The Chief of the Department is responsible for the general direction, control, and supervision of the Department as authorized and provided for by statute, ordinance, and the Department rules and regulations. He/she shall administer the daily activities of the Fire Department. This shall include the development of policies and procedures to implement programs in training, fire fighter safety and health, and other necessary programs to perform the functions of the Fire Department in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and nationally recognized standards. The Chief shall report directly to the Mayor and Borough Council or administrative official designated by the Council.
The duties and responsibilities of the fire officers shall be as established in the rules and regulations of the Department.
Operation of all Department vehicles shall be as established in the rules and regulations of the Department.
There shall be an annual inspection of the entire Department membership, apparatus and equipment. The inspection shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Fire Officers shall determine. The inspection shall be conducted by the Mayor and Borough Council, and the chief officers of the Department. All members of the Department shall attend the inspection in the prescribed uniform.
Equipment purchases and/or repairs shall be authorized by the Department Chief in accord with Borough procedures.
Company Captains shall be responsible for the operation, maintenance and care of all Department apparatus and equipment assigned to his/her respective company. Company Captains shall report any potential or immediate problems to the Department Chief, who shall take appropriate action.
Department members, regardless of rank, shall be subject to disciplinary action, according to the nature or aggravation of the offense, for violating their oath and trust by committing an offense punishable under the laws or statutes of the United States, the State of New Jersey, municipal ordinances, Department regulations, or company bylaws, either willfully or through negligence or incompetence, to perform the duties of their assignment; or for failure to obey any lawful instruction, order, or command of an officer. Disciplinary action in all cases will be decided on the merits of each case. Disciplinary action shall be in accord with procedures established by the Board of Fire Officers and enumerated in the Department rules and regulations.
Each member of the Department shall be entitled to receive an annual clothing allowance in the following amounts:
|Fire fighter||+ $700|
|Deputy Chief||+ $450|
|Assistant Chief||+ $525|
|Fire Board Secretary||+ $175|
|Fire Inspector||+ $100|
|Fire Investigator||+ $100|
|Haz-Mat member||+ $150|
|Haz-Mat Officer||+ $225|
|Relief Secretary||+ $100|
|Relief Treasurer||+ $100|
|Safety Officer||+ $125|
|Training Officer||+ $225|
|Training Coordinators||+ $150|
|Note: (+) indicates amount added to fire fighter allowance.|
Any member who achieves an annual credit percentage of 40% shall be entitled to receive the full clothing allowance for his/her rank.
Any member who fails to achieve an annual credit percentage of 40% shall receive a prorated percentage of the clothing allowance for his/her rank based upon the number of calls made.
In the event that a member dies during the fire year, the member's beneficiary shall be entitled to receive the member's full clothing allowance for that year.
In the event that a volunteer fire fighter dies as a result of injuries sustained in the course of his/her duties, the surviving spouse of said volunteer fire fighter, or the minor child or children of such fire fighter, if he/she leaves no surviving spouse, or such minor child or children after the death of said surviving spouse shall receive an annual pension in the maximum amount allowable by law at the time of his/her death.
Any member having completed 25 or more years of active service in the Department may request approval to be placed in the category of inactive member of the Department. Said request shall be submitted in writing to the member's respective company. Upon approval of the request, the company shall forward the request to the Board of Fire Officers. Upon approval of the Board, the request shall be presented to the Mayor and Council for final approval.
Inactive members shall have the rights, duties, and privileges of active members, except that they shall not perform active fire-fighting duties nor be eligible to vote on Department matters, or hold office in the Department.
Inactive members shall be entitled to receive the annual fire-fighter clothing allowance.