[HISTORY: Adopted by the Merchantville Borough Council 12-14-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: Former Ch. 33, Food Handling, adopted 6-14-1962 by the Board of Health, was repealed 2-24-1997.
The Borough of Merchantville is the owner of all the firefighting apparatus and equipment of the Merchantville Fire Department, as established in the Borough of Merchantville by this chapter.
A person or persons may be employed who shall constitute the paid Fire Department of the Borough of Merchantville; said person or persons shall work in conjunction with the volunteer fire company of the Borough of Merchantville, as directed by the Director of Fire and shall be referred to as the Merchantville Fire Department.
A person having years of experience in fighting fires shall be appointed to act as the Fire Administrator of the Merchantville Fire Department. The Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Borough Council, shall appoint the Fire Administrator of the Merchantville Fire Department. The Fire Administrator shall promote a high standard of fire protection for the Borough of Merchantville while providing supervision and guidance for the employees of the Merchantville Fire Department and volunteers acting is such capacity. The Fire Administrator shall hold his office for one (1) year, or until his successor is appointed.
The Fire Administrator shall be responsible for and charged with the duty of the supervision of the care and maintenance of the apparatus and equipment used for firefighting and fire prevention purposes and also with the supervision of the care and maintenance of the building used for housing such apparatus and equipment. Before any apparatus is removed from the Fire House, except in case of fire, the permission of the Fire Administrator must be obtained. It shall also be his duty to determine and fix the length of time that any apparatus may be absent from the Fire House. He shall also be responsible for and charged with the care and custody of the supplies used for fire prevention purposes and of the oil and gas supplies which may, from time to time, be placed in his charge for the general use of motor vehicles used for public purposes by the Borough.
The Fire Administrator, when so ordered by the Director of Fire, shall engage in drills in the operation of the fire equipment, and attend fire schools and courses of study in Fire Department procedure. The Fire Administrator shall supervise, document, implement and enforce any required federal, state, county and local training, record keeping or other programs now required or any which may be required for the employees of the Merchantville Fire Department and volunteers acting is such capacity.
The Fire Administrator shall issue semi-annual reports to the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Merchantville which shall include reports on program efficiency and compliance with federal, state, county and local rules and regulations, as well as recommendations for improvements in the operation of the Merchantville Fire Department in conjunction with the volunteer company and companies serving the Borough.
All applicants or appointees for or to positions in the Fire Department shall qualify, hold and occupy said appointment and receive such compensation for their services as directed by the Borough Council of the Borough of Merchantville; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall in any way interfere or change the organization of the volunteer fire companies in the Borough of Merchantville.
The paid Fire Department may consist of such a number of firefighters as the Director of Fire shall designate.