Borough of River Edge, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of River Edge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 33.
[Adopted 8-4-1975 as Ord. No. 642]
Upon due notice from the proper officials from the Borough of Paramus in the County of Bergen, State of New Jersey, as designated in the Agreement hereinafter set forth, that the said Borough of Paramus authorizes the officials named in said Agreement to execute said Agreement and that the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paramus has or will enact the necessary ordinance authorizing the Borough of Paramus to enter into said Agreement, and the filing of a certified copy of said resolution or said ordinance so authorizing after the same is legally passed or adopted with the Clerk of the Borough of River Edge, the Borough of River Edge is authorized to enter into the proposed Agreement as hereinafter incorporated in this chapter in § 45-2 hereof with the Borough of Paramus, County of Bergen, State of New Jersey. The execution of said Agreement by the Borough of River Edge shall take place after this chapter shall have been legally adopted and become effective according to law and after the proper notification has been received by the Borough of Paramus.
The Agreement herein, authorized to be entered into pursuant to § 45-1 hereof, shall be of the following form and content, to wit:
THIS AGREEMENT, made this ______ day of __________, 1975, between the BOROUGH OF PARAMUS and the BOROUGH OF RIVER EDGE, the parties hereby covenant and agree as follows:
WHEREAS, the municipalities herein desire services of the Fire Departments of both municipalities in the event of an emergency which requires assistance; and
WHEREAS, under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-66,[1] the municipalities are enabled to enter into reciprocal ordinances and contract with each other for mutual aid in case of fire emergencies;
IT IS THEREFORE AGREED by and between the parties hereto as follows:
1.
In the event of an emergency, the chief or head of the Municipal Fire Department of Paramus or the chief or head of the Municipal Fire Department of River Edge or the Mayor or chief executive officer of either municipality may request from the chief or head of the Fire Department of the alternate municipality, assistance to protect life and property within the jurisdiction of the Department of the municipality making such request and which would, therefore, be outside of the normal territorial jurisdiction of the Department to which such request is directed.
2.
The chief or head of the Fire Department upon whom such request for assistance is made shall provide such personnel and equipment as requested to the extent possible without endangering person or property within its own municipality.
3.
The municipality responding to such request shall be reimbursed by the municipality making such request for any damage to its fire equipment or other property sustained in the course of rendering such assistance.
4.
The members of the Fire Department in each municipality, while on duty and rendering such aid, shall be deemed to be engaged in a governmental function and entitled to the same police powers, privileges and immunities as in the case of extinguishing a fire within its own municipality. The overall direction of any such emergency effort, however, shall be under the authority of the requesting municipality within whose territory the effort is being rendered.
5.
If any member or officer of the Fire Department rendering such assistance shall suffer any casualty or death, he or his designee or legal representative shall be entitled to all salary, pension rights, workmen's compensation and other benefits as if such casualty or death occurred in the performance of his duties in his own municipality or other jurisdiction in which his duties are normally carried on.
6.
The parties herein agree to pass any necessary ordinances to effectuate the Agreement and purposes herein.
This Agreement shall be effective immediately upon execution and passage of the necessary ordinances by the parties hereto.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused their presents to be signed by their proper corporate officers and Fire Department chiefs and their seals affixed thereto the day and year first above written.
THE BOROUGH OF PARAMUS
By: Joseph Cipolla, Mayor
Attest: Jean Palitto, Clerk
THE BOROUGH OF RIVER EDGE
By: John F. Curran, Mayor
Attest: Angela Grillo, Clerk
PARAMUS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
By: James Post, Chief
Witness
RIVER EDGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
By: William Hill, Chief
Witness
[1]
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40A:14-66 was repealed by L. 1977, c. 400. See now N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.1 through 40A:14-156.4.
Immediately after this chapter has been duly and legally adopted and has become legally effective according to law, the Mayor of the Borough of River Edge be and he is hereby authorized and directed to execute said Agreement on behalf of the Borough of River Edge, and the Borough Clerk be and he is hereby authorized and directed to attest the same and attach the official seal of the borough thereto, upon execution and delivery of said Agreement by the Borough of Paramus and upon the filing of the certified copy of the Ordinance authorizing the execution of same by the Borough of Paramus, mentioned in § 45-1 hereof.
[Added 7-11-2017 by Ord. No. 17-17]
A. 
The Borough of River Edge hereby establishes, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156 et seq., a reciprocal agreement with each and every municipality within the County of Bergen, for intermunicipal fire assistance at time of any and all emergencies.
B. 
This chapter shall become effective as to each and every municipality within Bergen County at such time or times that said municipalities have in the past or may in the future adopt an ordinance providing the same terms and conditions set forth herein and including the Borough of River Edge within its coverage.
[Added 7-11-2017 by Ord. No. 17-17]
The Borough of River Edge agrees to bear all reasonable expenses incurred by members of its Fire Department for emergency assistance rendered within or without the boundaries of this community. The Borough of River Edge shall make no claim for reimbursement from any municipality adopting an ordinance providing the same terms and conditions set forth herein, for damages, injuries, wages and the like in connection with aid rendered by the members of its Fire Department through any other municipality adopting such ordinance.
[Added 7-11-2017 by Ord. No. 17-17]
A. 
Intermunicipal fire authority. In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.2, the members of the Fire Department of the Borough of River Edge and any other municipality shall have the same powers, authority and immunities as do the members of the Fire Department of the municipality in which such assistance is being rendered.
[Added 7-11-2017 by Ord. No. 17-17]
At such times that an emergency may occur and intermunicipal aid is requested, the Chief of the Fire Department of the municipality wherein the said emergency exists shall be the senior ranking officer.