[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-10-2000 by Ord. No. 5-00]
This article is enacted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:42-1 et seq., the Home Rule Act, which directs municipalities to act for the health, welfare, and safety of its citizens and to implement N.J.S.A. 15:8-1.1.
"Membership in a Volunteer Fire Company" means membership in a Volunteer Fire Company organized pursuant to Title 15 of the Revised Statutes or Title 15A of the New Jersey Statutes, Membership in a Volunteer Fire Company or similar organization constituted in a Fire District pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-70.1, membership in a Junior Fire Fighter's Auxiliary established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-95, or nonpaid membership in a part-paid fire department or force established pursuant to Chapter 14 of Title 40A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Any person desiring membership in a Volunteer Fire Company or First Aid Squad shall file a disclosure application, in duplicate, with the Volunteer Fire Company or First Aid Squad. Excepted are current members of any Atlantic Highlands Fire Company or First Aid Squad and changes of membership class or Company within or between the Department and Squad. The form of the application may be prescribed by the Volunteer Fire Company and First Aid Squad, but shall contain the following information about the applicant:
Social security number.
Driver's license number.
Any conviction of violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3, False public alarms.
Any conviction of a crime or disorderly persons violation.
Such other information as the Volunteer Fire Company deems relevant to the application provided none of such information is prohibited by law.
Following the filing of such application, the Volunteer Fire Company and First Aid Squad shall transmit one of the applications to the Chief of Police of the Borough who shall conduct an investigation to ascertain the truth of the statements made by the applicant upon his/her application and any such other investigation of the applicant's background as he deems necessary for the protection of the public good. If as the result of such investigation the applicant is found to have been convicted of violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1 a, b, c and/or d or N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3 or any other crime or disorderly persons violation or any other information that would indicate the applicant may be a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the community, the Chief of Police shall report such information and the particulars thereof to the Volunteer Fire Company or First Aid Squad, as appropriate, and the Borough Council.
In connection with said investigation, the applicant shall submit to fingerprinting, and the Chief of Police is authorized to submit applicant's fingerprint card and receive state criminal history record information from the Division of State Police/State Bureau of Identification for use in considering the suitability of all applicants covered under this article.
The above investigation by the Chief of Police shall be completed within 30 days of receipt of the application and the fingerprinting of applicant.