Township of Oldmans, NJ
Salem County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Oldmans 1-4-1978 by Ord. No. 78-1 as Secs. 17.01 and 17.08 of the 1978 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
The Fire Chiefs shall, at the regular Township Committee meeting in February in each year, or as often as required by the Township Committee, report to the Township Committee the condition of the Fire Department and the matters pertaining thereto of public interest, including a complete inventory of all the property under their charge, and said report shall also exhibit a particular statement of all fire alarms and fires which have occurred in said Township during the preceding year, together with the cause and origin of all such fires, as far as the same shall have been ascertained. They shall also exhibit a particular statement of all losses caused by such fires and of all insurance thereon.
B. 
The Fire Chief and the Captain of the First Aid Squad shall submit an annual report to the Township Committee, which report is due not later than February 1 for the prior year.
[Added 9-3-1997 by Ord. No. 97-5]
[Amended 3-11-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-02]
A. 
Qualifications.
(1) 
Any person between the ages of 16 and 18 years may submit an application for membership in the Junior Firefighter Program, hereafter "junior firefighter" on an application provided by the fire company.
(2) 
The application must be completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian. Prior to acceptance as a junior firefighter, at least one parent or legal guardian must meet with the Fire Company to review these regulations and understand the operations in which the junior firefighter will be engaged.
(3) 
Every applicant must pass a physical examination as fit for the position of junior firefighter which must be furnished to the fire company.
(4) 
Each applicant must pass a bloodborne pathogen class.
B. 
General.
(1) 
The Chief of the Fire Department will be responsible for all junior members.
(2) 
The Chief, line officers and regular firemen shall ensure that junior firefighters are properly supervised and restricted so that they will not be exposed to the same degree of hazard as a regular member of a volunteer fire department.
(3) 
Each junior firefighter will receive and shall wear turnout gear, issued by the fire company.
(4) 
The helmet worn by each junior firefighter will be distinctly red and bear a shield stating "Junior Firefighter" to distinguish the junior firefighter from regular firefighters.
(5) 
At age 18, a junior firefighter may apply to become a regular firefighter.
C. 
Duties and obligations.
(1) 
Junior firefighters are subject to these rules and regulations governing junior firefighters as well as those adopted by the fire company to which the junior firefighters be applied, and if a conflict exists between any rules, then the more stringent ones will apply.
(2) 
At the scene of a fire or other emergency, junior firefighters shall initially report to and be stationed at the emergency vehicle they came on. All activities to which junior firefighters shall be assigned must be approved by the fire company officer or member designated to supervise junior firefighters at the scene. In the event of a conflict, the officer in charge shall exercise control.
(3) 
Subject to instructions received from an appropriate officer, junior firefighters at the fire or emergency scene serve as messengers, deliver equipment to active firefighters but only within the designated safe area, handle and set up nonpowered equipment, roll or otherwise handle unpressurized hose, and help clean up and replace equipment for return to the firehouse. Since junior firefighters will not be equipped with SCBA equipment, the assigning officer shall ensure that their assignments do not place them in any location where they will be exposed to smoke or other toxic substances.
(4) 
While riding in fire apparatus, junior firefighters must wear seatbelts, must remain seated in the cab area at all times when the apparatus is moving, must wear full turnout gear and must be accompanied by at least one firefighter.
(5) 
No junior firefighter shall be assigned to direct traffic on a public highway.
(6) 
No junior firefighter shall operate or perform duties in an area of stored paints, explosives or other highly flammable substances; acids or dyes; toxic gases, vapor or fumes; volatile compounds or substances that can penetrate skin; boilers in excess of 15 pounds pressure; pits; construction work or locations that by their nature are hazardous or that endanger life, health and safety.
(7) 
No junior firefighter shall engage in or assist with oiling, wiping or cleaning moving machinery, repairing elevators or hoisting apparatus or equipment.
(8) 
No junior firefighter shall enter a burning building, i.e., a building from which flames or smoke can be seen from the outside.
(9) 
No junior firefighter shall enter a condemned or burned out building unless the building has been determined to be safe by the incident commander.
(10) 
No junior firefighter shall assist in or fill self-contained breathing apparatus.
(11) 
Except at a training session, no junior firefighter shall climb ladders for firefighting or rescue purposes, hold or grasp pressurized hose with a greater diameter than 1 3/4 inches or use self-contained breathing apparatus.
(12) 
No junior firefighter shall consume alcoholic beverages at any time, on or off duty.
(13) 
No junior firefighter shall leave school during school hours to attend drills, fires or other emergencies.
(14) 
No junior firefighter will carry a pager or emergency receiver on his/her person while at school.
(15) 
Junior firefighters must provide their own transportation to and from the firehouse.
(16) 
Given the dangers inherent at the scene, junior firefighters shall not respond to hazmat calls.
(17) 
If responding to a call on the New Jersey Turnpike or Route 295, junior firefighters must remain on apparatus at all times.
(18) 
No junior firefighter may arrive at the firehouse before 6:00 a.m. No junior firefighter shall respond to any fire call in the morning hours prior to school when school is in session.
(19) 
While school is in session, junior firefighters must leave the firehouse by 10:00 p.m. When school is not in session or on weekends, junior firefighters must leave the firehouse by 11:00 p.m.
(20) 
Junior firefighters must leave the fire scene by 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday evening.
(21) 
Any infraction of rules and/or regulations may be cause for dismissal.
(22) 
Junior firefighters are encouraged to attend all departmental meetings, training, drills, fundraising events and parades.
D. 
Training.
(1) 
Unless authorized by the Fire Department and Township Committee of Oldmans Township, all junior firefighter training will be conducted within the boundaries of Oldmans Township or at the County Fire Academy. No junior firefighter shall take part in any live burn exercise either at the Fire Academy or within the Township.
(2) 
A junior firefighter may receive training or schooling that is age appropriate when recommended by the Fire Chief.
(3) 
Each junior firefighter will receive hazmat awareness and training on bloodborne pathogens.
E. 
Suspension/termination. Any junior firefighter who violates any of the above regulations is subject to suspension or possible termination of his/her status as a junior firefighter. Upon notification of a violation, the Chief of the Fire Department shall immediately conduct an investigation of the circumstances. The junior firefighter may, at the sole discretion of the Chief, be suspended immediately pending the outcome of the investigation. The investigation may include an interview with the junior firefighter. Upon the conclusion of his/her investigation, the Chief shall notify the fire company of the results of his/her investigation and any action that is taken as a consequence of the violation. At this time the Chief/fire company may impose further actions if necessary. The determination of the Chief/fire company shall be final and may not be appealed. This provision shall not be construed to require any formal hearing process.