[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Elk 5-2-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Elk Township Fire Department, to be composed of three companies to be known as Aura Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Ferrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and Lawns Volunteer Fire Company, is hereby established.
Present members in good standing of the Aura Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Ferrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and Lawns Volunteer Fire Company shall be members of the Elk Township Fire Department, without formal election thereto.
No person shall hereafter become a member of the Elk Township Fire Department or any unit thereof unless above the age of 18 years and not over the age of 70 years, a resident of Elk Township, and shall be physically fit to perform the duties of a fireman as evidenced by a filed certificate to that effect after a physical examination for that purpose by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of New Jersey.
No present or future member of said Department shall be eligible to or qualified for benefits of a local fireman's relief association or the New Jersey Firemen's Relief Association, except in compliance with rules and regulations of said Association. The application provided in § 20-4 hereof shall contain a provision to the above over the applicant's signature.
Every member of each fire company shall, in each and every year, participate in at least 60% of the company fire duty. Fire duty shall mean actual attendance and performance of duty at fires and drills, and a record shall be kept of such attendance and duty by the Chief of each fire company.
The Chief of each fire company shall annually file with the Municipal Clerk a duly verified list and report, under oath, of all active members of the fire company under his or her control and supervision, not holding exempt fireman certificates, which shall set forth the name and residence of all such firemen, whether a citizen of the United States, whether of good moral character, date of becoming a fireman, age at that time, company of which he is a member and percentage of fire duty performed during that year by each fireman.
Every person seeking to join the Elk Township Fire Department shall make application to the fire company of the applicant's choice, and, upon election to membership by vote of a majority of the members of the company present and voting, the applicant shall become a member in good standing of the Fire Department, subject to the approval of the applicant's membership by the Chief of the fire company of the applicant's fire district and confirmation by the Township Committee, at which time applicant's name shall be entered on the roll of firemen by the Municipal Clerk.
Exemption certificates may be issued to members of the Fire Department who shall have served seven years in active duty under municipal control, as required by law April 29, 1935 and as amended May 26, 1936.