City of Somers Point, NJ
Atlantic County
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The Chief of the City Fire Department shall be in supreme command of all functions of the City Fire Department and shall have the right to utilize any and all equipment, property and personnel over which the city has a legal right of use, which he or she deems necessary for any fire emergency. The Chief shall be be responsible to the Council for the training, efficiency and proper conduct of the City Fire Department as well as the maintenance and repair of equipment and property and the reduction of fire hazards. In addition, the Chief shall have responsibility for the following:
(1) 
He or she shall promptly formulate or cause to be formulated rules and regulations pertaining to signals of alarm, procedures for answering alarms, discipline of members at all functions and the proper and efficient conduct of the City Fire Department. The rules and regulations shall be subject to the approval of the Council. Upon approval, the rules and regulations shall be posted by the Chief, or at his command, conspicuously in the firehouses. The Chief may propose amendments, additions or deletions to the rules and regulations at any time, but such amendments, additions or deletions shall become effective only 10 days after approval by the Council. The Chief shall be responsible for compliance by the members of the City Fire Department with the rules and regulations.
(2) 
It shall be the duty of the Chief of the City Fire Department, or the next highest ranking officer in the event of the Chief's incapacity, to report, in writing, the exact membership of the City Fire Department and to furnish a complete roll of the active membership. In addition, the Chief shall supply the full names and residences of the members and their percentage attendance at fires, drills and meetings. Such information shall be provided to the City Clerk and to the designated Council representative by the first of December of each year.
(3) 
He or she shall make or cause to be made accurate written service records concerning each member's attendance at fires, meetings and drills, together with any notations pertinent to any member's conduct which may properly appear upon the record.
(4) 
He or she shall cause all equipment, apparatus and other property of the City Fire Department to be kept in condition for immediate and efficient service and shall report to the designated Council representative to the City Fire Department immediately any repairs or replacements required to maintain such service.
(5) 
He or she shall make or cause to be made an accurate written inventory of all equipment and property of the City Fire Department and shall submit a copy of the inventory record to the designated Council representative with each quarterly report.
(6) 
He or she shall make or cause to be made an accurate written record of all activities of the City Fire Department, including an analysis of the number of and locality for each of the following types of fires, together with an estimated value of loss for each:
(a) 
Field and woods.
(b) 
Motor vehicles.
(c) 
Residential buildings.
(d) 
Commercial buildings.
(e) 
Institutions and schools.
(f) 
Recreational buildings.
(g) 
Any HAZMAT (hazardous materials), incident or other circumstance not otherwise specifically noted.
(7) 
He or she shall render quarterly reports to the Council, by and through the designated Council representative to the City Fire Department regarding all functions, condition of property and equipment, status of personnel and such other matters or suggestions as he or she may deem necessary or appropriate.
(8) 
He or she shall annually file under his or her signature, with the Municipal Clerk, a list of all members of the City Fire Department.
B. 
The Chief or the Drill Master, as designated by the Chief, shall, at least once each month, conduct suitable drills and instructions for the purposes of proper operation and handling of fire apparatus, property and equipment, first aid and rescue work, salvage, a study of buildings in the city, fire prevention, water supply and all other matters generally considered essential to good firemanship and safety, as well as for the preservation of life and property from fires.
C. 
The Chief shall assist proper authorities in suppressing the crime of arson and in investigating or causing to be investigated the origin, cause, spread and circumstances of all fires, inclusive of those of questionable origin.
D. 
The Chief shall post or shall cause to be posted within one week following an annual January City Fire Department meeting, a schedule of all meetings and drills of the City Fire Department.
A. 
In the absence of the Chief or as a consequence of the inability of the Chief to act, the Deputy Chief shall perform all the duties of the Chief at all fires, emergencies and on all other occasions.
B. 
In addition, the Deputy Chief shall perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be delegated to the Deputy Chief by the Chief and as may be further required by the rules and regulations of the City Fire Department.
A. 
In the absence of the Chief and Deputy Chief or as a consequence of their inability to act, the Assistant Chiefs shall perform all their duties at all fires, emergencies and on all other occasions.
B. 
In addition, the Assistant Chiefs shall perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be delegated to them by the Chief and/or Deputy Chief and as may be further required by the rules and regulations of the City Fire Department.
A. 
In the absence of the Chief, Deputy Chief and Assistant Chiefs or as a consequence of their inability to act, the first Captain to arrive at the scene of a fire or emergency shall act as the commanding officer until the arrival of the Chief, Deputy Chief or an Assistant Chief. The other Captain shall act as commanding officer in the event of the absence of the first Captain or as a consequence of the inability of the first Captain to act. In the absence of the Chief, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chiefs and Captains or as a consequence of their inability to act, the first Lieutenant to arrive at the scene of a fire or emergency shall act as commanding officer until relieved of command by a higher-ranking officer. The other Lieutenant shall act as commanding officer in the absence of the first Lieutenant or as a consequence of the first Lieutenant's inability to act.
B. 
In addition, the Captains and Lieutenants shall perform such additional duties and responsibilities as may be delegated to them by the Chief, Deputy Chief or Assistant Chiefs and as may be further required by the City Fire Department rules and regulations.
C. 
The Captains and Lieutenants of each recognized Fire Company shall be responsible to the Chief for the proper care and operation of the apparatus, equipment and property housed or maintained at their recognized Fire Company firehouse.
The Fire Marshal shall perform those duties of the Chief, pertaining to investigation and the like of fires, as are referred to in § 29-7C, as the Chief may delegate to the Fire Marshal, in whole or in part, and under the Chief's supervision. In the absence of the Fire Marshal or in the event of his/her incapacity or refusal to act or as assistant to the Fire Marshal, the Assistant Fire Marshal shall perform those duties or such duties pertaining thereto as the Chief may direct.
A. 
In the absence of any officer, the senior fire fighter shall act as commanding officer at all fires and emergencies until relieved by an officer. In the absence of the senior fire fighter, those duties will be performed by the next most senior fire fighter.
B. 
In addition, senior fire fighters shall perform such duties and responsibilities as may be delegated by the Chief or, in the absence of the Chief or in the event of the Chief's inability to act, then the Deputy Chief and, in the absence of the Deputy Chief or in the event of the Deputy Chief's inability to act, then the next-highest-ranking officer or senior fire fighter, together with such other duties and responsibilities as may be further required by the City Fire Department rules and regulations.
A. 
It shall be the duty of all officers to attend drills and instructions unless excused by the Chief or the Deputy Chief.
B. 
Suspension or dismissal from office. Any officer not performing the duties of the office may be suspended from the office or position, relieved of the duties of that office and be recommended for dismissal from the office by the Chief, but only with the concurrence of the designated Council representative to the City Fire Department. Any such officer may appeal such decision thereafter to Council, which shall determine if just cause for the suspension or dismissal exists and which may reinstate such officer if it does not so find.
C. 
Code and rules and regulations. It shall be the duty of the Chief, Deputy Chief and other officers and members of the City Fire Department to enforce the provisions of the rules and regulations of the City Fire Department, the Fire Prevention Code of the City of Somers Point and any and all amendments and supplements thereto, as well as any other municipal ordinances and any state, county or federal law having to do with fire prevention, safety and control. The City Fire Department rules and regulations shall be reviewed and recommended for revision as deemed necessary by the Chief at least once each year. The Chief shall involve the City Fire Department membership in the review and recommendation for the revision process. The rules and regulations of the City Fire Department shall govern the City Fire Department, its members and the conduct of its members to the extent not inconsistent with this chapter or other law.