[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Lower as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Police and Fire
[Adopted by Ord. No. 92-22 (Sec. 2A-17 of the 1975 Code)]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-26, N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.8 et seq., there is hereby established a mutual aid agreement with all other municipalities in Cape May County, New Jersey, who adopt a reciprocal ordinance to provide mutual police or fire aid in case of emergency. This agreement shall apply whenever the Township of Lower may have an emergency within its boundaries requiring additional police or fire assistance to protect life and property or to assist in suppressing a riot or disorder; and whenever another municipality in this county who has enacted a reciprocal ordinance may experience a similar emergency requiring additional police assistance.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.10, a special law enforcement officer under the supervision and direction of a full-time Chief of Police is hereby authorized to perform his duties in another municipality in Cape May County who has enacted a reciprocal ordinance to provide mutual police or fire aid in case of emergency.
The Chief of the Police Department or Chief of the Fire Department is authorized to request assistance from their respective counterpart who is the chief in another municipality within Cape May County to provide aid during and after any emergency.
The Chief of the Police Department or Chief of the Fire Department shall provide assistance to another municipality or municipalities in Cape May County, making a valid request to supply such personnel and equipment as required to the extent possible without endangering person or property within the Township of Lower. The members of the Police Department or Fire Department supplying aid shall have the same powers, authority, rights and immunities of the members of the police force or fire department of the municipality to which assistance is rendered.
The Township of Lower shall, upon providing assistance to another municipality who has enacted a reciprocal mutual aid ordinance, assume the cost and expense of providing its personnel and equipment to the requesting municipality, except in such instances when the requesting municipality receives state or federal aid by way of reimbursement; in such circumstances the cost incurred shall be submitted to the community requesting assistance.
Members of the police force or fire departments of Lower Township suffering injury, or their legal representatives, if death results, while rendering assistance in another municipality, shall be entitled to all such benefits they would have realized if injury or death had occurred in the performance of normal duties in the Township of Lower.