[HISTORY: Adopted by the Merchantville Borough Council 12-28-1964. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The position of paid fireman is hereby created in the Borough of Merchantville, New Jersey.
- PAID FIREMAN
- Any person who may hereafter be appointed to such position by the Council of the Borough of Merchantville and who shall be regularly employed by the borough at a fixed annual salary for the purpose of extinguishing fires and protecting persons and property therefrom.
No person shall be appointed a paid fireman in the Paid Division Fire Department of the Borough of Merchantville unless he:
Is a citizen of the United States.
Is sound in body and of good health sufficient to satisfy the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey that he is eligible to enter the retirement system.
Able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.
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 Council of the Borough of Merchantville, would be prejudicial to the morale of the Fire Department.
Is 21 years of age and under the age of 35 years.
Is physically and mentally sound and emotionally stable and possesses the necessary ability to understand and obey orders and to perform the duties required of a paid fireman of the Merchantville Fire Department to the satisfaction of the Borough Council of the Borough of Merchantville.
Is the holder of an automobile driver's license issued by the State of New Jersey.
The Council of the Borough of Merchantville may, however, employ persons to perform the duties of fireman temporarily in case of emergency, or for parts of years, where their services are not needed throughout the entire year and discharge them at the expiration of such temporary employment. They may be compensated for such services at such rates as the Council may from time to time establish by ordinance and resolution.
The annual salary of the paid fireman shall be such as the Council of the Borough of Merchantville may hereafter establish by ordinance and salary resolution.
No paid fireman shall absent himself from duty without the permission of the Director of Fire Prevention.
The Director of Fire Prevention may relieve the paid fireman from active duty pending the preference of formal charges against him and public examination thereof by the Council. A copy of any charges preferred against the paid fireman shall also be filed with the Council of the Borough of Merchantville by filing a copy thereof in the office of the Borough Clerk. If the paid fireman shall be relieved from duty pending trial on charges, such trial shall be commenced within 30 days after service of a copy thereof upon him.
The duties of a paid fireman shall be as follows:
To answer and respond to alarms of fire and to aid in extinguishment of fire.
When so ordered, to respond to emergency calls and to render first aid and assistance to those in need thereof.
When so ordered, to make inspections of properties and assist in fire prevention.
To familiarize himself thoroughly with all forms of fire apparatus and equipment.
When so ordered, to engage in drills and the operation of fire equipment.
When so ordered, to attend fire schools and courses of study in Fire Department procedure.
When so specifically appointed or assigned, to drive Fire Department apparatus and to operate pumps and other equipment.
As directed by the Director of Fire Prevention, to clean, supervise and otherwise care for the Fire Department quarters and all fire apparatus and equipment therein.
To perform such other duties as may be ordered by the Director of Fire Prevention, or other officer in command thereof, and as set forth in the rules and regulations governing the paid fireman.
[Amended 11-10-1997; 12-14-1998]
The paid fireman shall be under the supervision and subject to the direction of the Director of Fire and, during his absence, of the Fire Administrator of the Merchantville Fire Department.
The duty hours of the paid fireman shall be established by the Director of Fire and, during his absence, the Fire Administrator of the Merchantville Fire Department.
Any ordinance or portions of any ordinance now in effect which are contrary to any of the provisions hereof are hereby repealed.
If any provision of this chapter shall be declared invalid, the same shall not affect the enforceability of the other provisions hereof.
This chapter shall take effect after final passage and publication in accordance with law.