Township of Lower, NJ
Cape May County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Lower by Ord. No. 92-23 (Sec. 11-7 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire districts — See Ch. 318.
Tampering with fire-fighting equipment — See Ch. 324.
Fire hydrants — See Ch. 330.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 340.
Fire zones, lanes and areas — See Ch. 345.
There is hereby adopted by the Township of Lower the fire control measures and regulations as herein set forth for the purposes of controlling conditions which could impede or interfere with fire suppression forces.
A person shall not willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of the Fire Official of the Bureau of Fire Safety, or his designated representatives, or to interfere with the compliance attempts of another individual.
It shall be unlawful for any person to damage or deface, or attempt to conspire to damage or deface, any fire district vehicles or emergency vehicle at any time, or to injure, or attempt or conspire to injure, fire district personnel while performing fire district duties.
A. 
It shall be unlawful to obscure from view, damage, deface, obstruct or restrict the access to any fire hydrant or any fire district connection for the pressurization of fire-suppression systems, including fire hydrants and fire district connections that are located on public or private streets and access lanes or on private property.
B. 
If, upon the expiration of the time mentioned in a notice of violation, obstructions or encroachments are not removed, the Fire Official of the Bureau of Fire Safety, or his designated representatives, shall proceed to remove the same. Cost incurred in the performance of necessary work shall be paid by the individual on certification by the Fire Official of the Bureau of Fire Safety, or his designated representatives, and paid directly to the fire district; or the fire district shall institute appropriate action for the recovery of said costs.
A person shall not use or operate any fire hydrant intended for use of the fire district for fire-suppression purposes unless such person first secures a permit for such use from the Fire Official of the Bureau of Fire Safety, or his designated representatives, and the water company having jurisdiction. This section shall not apply to the use of such hydrants by a person employed by and authorized to make such use by the water company having jurisdiction. The permit may be secured from the Bureau of Fire Safety for the Township of Lower, and the cost of said permit shall be $25 per fire hydrant. A person or persons who secure a permit shall also secure a meter from the water company having jurisdiction. Upon returning the meter, where applicable, a fee will be assessed for the water used.
A person shall not obstruct, remove, tamper with or otherwise disturb any fire hydrant or fire appliance required to be installed or maintained under the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code except for the purpose of extinguishing fires, training or testing purposes, recharging or making necessary repairs or when permitted by the Fire Official of the Bureau of Fire Safety, or his designated representatives. Whenever a fire appliance is removed as herein permitted, it shall be replaced or reinstalled as soon as the purpose for which it was removed has been accomplished. Defective and nonapproved fire appliances or equipment shall be replaced or repaired as directed by the Fire Official of the Bureau of Fire Safety, or his designated representatives.
A person or persons shall not erect, construct, place or maintain any bumps, fences, gates, chains, bars, pipes, wood or metal horses or any other type of obstruction in or on any street within the boundaries of the municipality. The word "street" as used in this section shall mean any roadway accessible to the public for vehicular traffic, including but not limited to private streets or access lanes as well as all public streets and highways within the boundaries of the municipality. This shall not include private driveways for single-family dwellings.
The Bureau of Fire Safety for the Township of Lower, the Lower Township Police Department and the Lower Township Code Enforcement Officer shall have jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Any person, persons, corporation or partnership which violates any provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not less than $500 or imprisonment for a term of 90 days, or both, for each violation.