[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede 6-2-1932 by Ord. No. 48 (Ch. 10 of the 1970 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 3-2-2010 by Ord. No. 10-04]
The Runnemede Fire Co. No. 1 be and the same is hereby recognized as the Volunteer Fire Company having charge of the fire protection facilities in the Borough of Runnemede.
The consent of this body be and it is hereby given to the recognition of the said Runnemede Fire Co. No. 1, by the New Jersey State Firemen's Relief Association, as the Volunteer Fire Company of the Borough of Runnemede.
Any other fire company hereafter organized in the Borough of Runnemede shall come under and be subject to the jurisdiction of the Runnemede Fire Co. No. 1, unless some other action shall be taken with respect thereto by this body by ordinance; the officers of the apparatus of the Runnemede Fire Co. No. 1 shall be elected as now provided by the constitution and bylaws in force and adopted by the fire company, to wit: said officers shall be elected by the fire company and a list thereof presented to the Borough Council of the Borough of Runnemede for confirmation; all rules and regulations pertaining to the equipment used and municipally owned by the said fire company shall be adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Runnemede; and all rules and bylaws of the said Runnemede Fire Co. No. 1 now in force be and the same are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency only.
[Added 11-5-2014 by Ord. No. 14-22]
No person shall be appointed an officer or member of the Fire Department unless he is a citizen of the United States; is sound in body, of good health sufficient to satisfy the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey that such person is eligible to membership in the retirement system; is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently; and is of good moral character. No person shall be so appointed who has been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude which, in the judgment of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede, would be prejudicial to the morale of the Fire Department.
Before any person shall be appointed as a firefighter/EMT, the Borough shall classify all the duly qualified applicants for the position or positions to be filled in the following classes:
Within each such classification, duly qualified applicants who are veterans shall be accorded all such veterans' preferences as are provided by law. Persons discharged from the service within six months prior to making application to the Borough, who fulfill the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-10.1 and who thereby are entitled to appointment notwithstanding their failure to meet the New Jersey residency requirement at the time of their initial application, shall be placed in Class III.
In making such appointments, the Borough shall first appoint all those in Class I and then those in each succeeding class in the order above listed and shall appoint a person or persons in any such class only to a vacancy or vacancies remaining after all qualified applicants in the preceding class or classes have been appointed or have declined an offer of appointment.