[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-7 (§ 2-35 of the 1971 Revised General Ordinances)]
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is herewith created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997, to reward volunteer members of the Stillwater Township Volunteer Fire Department (composed of the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Company and Swartswood Volunteer Fire Company) and the Stillwater Emergency Rescue Squad for their loyal, diligent, and devoted services to the residents of the Township.
The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account for each volunteer member that meets the criteria set forth below; that such contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established for the Township of Stillwater pursuant to P.L. 1997, c. 388 (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183); and that such plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the United States Internal Revenue Code, and this article.
The LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions to each eligible member that meets the following criteria each calendar year (January 1 through December 31) as follows:
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated as follows: for regular annual service: $56,500 per year.
Each active volunteer member shall be credited annually, on December 31, with points for volunteer services provided to the Stillwater Township Volunteer Fire Department and Stillwater Emergency Rescue Squad in accordance with the following schedule. Points can be earned in any of the following categories:
Incident response: 60 points maximum.
At least 20%, but less than 40% of all emergency calls per calendar year: 30 points.
At least 40%, but less than 60% of all emergency calls per calendar year: 40 points.
At least 60%, but less than 80% of all emergency calls per calendar year: 50 points.
At least 80% or greater of all emergency call per calendar year: 60 points.
Percentages for Fire Department members are based on the total number of emergency calls per year. For Rescue Squad members, the percentage shall be based on the total number of calls for each member's respective duty crew.
Members who are both fire fighters and first aiders can combine points in the above categories, provided they meet the required percentages on separate calls.
Longevity: 25 points maximum.
One point per active service year. For the purpose of this category, "active service" shall be defined as attendance at 40% or greater of all Fire Department or First Aid Squad activities. Members who are both fire fighters and first aiders cannot combine points in this category.
Training courses: 25 points maximum.
Elected or appointed positions: 20 points maximum.
Completion of one-year term in an elected or appointed position equals the following points per title:
Fire Chief, EMS Captain or President: 20 points.
Assistant Chief, EMS Lieutenant or Vice President: 15 points.
Fire Captain, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Foreman, Safety Officer, Fire Police Captain, EMS Second Lieutenant, Secretaries, Treasurer or State Association Officers: 10 points.
Engineers: five points.
Points may be combined for multiple positions held up of 20 points.
Attendance at meetings: 20 points maximum.
Attendance at any official meeting of the Department, Squad, Relief and Exempt Associations, County Association and the State Fireman's Association and Exempt Association caucus and convention: one point per meeting.