Borough of Bogota, NJ
Bergen County
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[Ord. # 1417]
In accordance with P.L. 1997, c. 388 (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 to — 194), and the regulations promulgated thereunder, N.J.A.C. 5:30-14.1 et seq., the Borough of Bogota Length of Service Award Program ("LOSAP") is hereby created to reward members of the volunteer fire companies, the volunteer first aid and emergency squad, and the rescue squad, for their loyal, diligent, and devoted services to the residents of the Borough of Bogota, on the terms set forth herein.
[Ord. # 1417]
In this section, these terms shall be defined as follows:
ACTIVE VOLUNTEER MEMBER
Shall mean a person who has been so designated by the governing board of a duly created emergency service organization of the Borough and who is faithfully and actually performing volunteer service in that organization.
EMERGENCY SERVICE ORGANIZATION
Shall mean the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department, the Bogota First Aid and Emergency Squad, the Bogota Rescue Squad, and any other volunteer emergency service hereafter created by the Mayor and Council as to which LOSAP participation is authorized by statute.
YEAR OF ACTIVE EMERGENCY SERVICE
Shall mean a 12-month period during which an active volunteer member participates in an emergency service organization and satisfies the minimum requirements of participation established by the Mayor and Council on a consistent and uniform basis.
All other terms used in this section shall be as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-184, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
[Ord. # 1417; Ord. # 1420]
a. 
The LOSAP shall provide for an annual contribution of $650.00 in the first year, $775.00 in the second year, $900.00 in the third year, $1,150.00 in the fourth year and every year thereafter, subject to the increases as authorized by Section 32-3e, to a deferred income account for each qualifying active volunteer member who: (i) achieves a year of active emergency service in any calendar year under the criteria set forth in this section, beginning with the calendar year starting on January 1 of the year following the adoption of the referendum authorizing the LOSAP, and (ii) accumulates the minimum number of points calculated pursuant to the schedule set forth in this section. These contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established by the Mayor and Council pursuant to P.L. 1997, c. 388. This plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and this section.
b. 
Active volunteer members shall be eligible to participate in the LOSAP immediately upon the commencement of their performance of active emergency services. Members shall be eligible to vest in the LOSAP when they have completed five (5) years of emergency service in any emergency service organization in the State, as allowed by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-188(a). Members of a Borough emergency service organization when the LOSAP goes into effect will be vested if they have completed five (5) years of service in an emergency service organization in the Borough.
c. 
In computing the credits for active volunteer members who serve as paid employees of the Borough, credit shall be given for activities performed during the individual's regularly assigned work periods, to the extent permitted by law.
d. 
Each participating emergency service organization shall furnish to the Mayor and Council an annual certification list, certified under oath, of all volunteer members. The list shall identify the active volunteer members who have qualified for credit under the LOSAP for the previous calendar year. Volunteer members may request the deletion of their names from the list in writing, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-191, and may appeal the absence of their name from the list, or may appeal the denial of past service credit, within thirty (30) days of the posting of the list or notice of the denial of the credit. The appeal shall be in writing and shall be mailed to the Borough Clerk. The Mayor and Council, or its designee, shall investigate, the appeal. The Mayor and Council shall decide the appeal, by a Resolution, adopted after an investigation of the matter.
e. 
The regular annual contribution amount of $1,150.00 may increase each year after the fourth full year at the rate that is approved by the Mayor and Council, provided, however, that no increase in any year may exceed the maximum LOSAP cost of living increase that is calculated and published in accordance with the applicable statute and regulations.
f. 
No active volunteer member shall qualify for a year of active emergency service, unless that active volunteer member shall have successfully completed any State or Federally mandated training, even if the active volunteer member would otherwise qualify for a year of active emergency service.
g. 
If any person who is an active volunteer member suffers a disability or dies, that person shall be credited for a year of active emergency service for the year in which the disability or death occurs, provided that the person qualified for a year of active emergency service in the calendar year before the year in which the death or disability occurred.
h. 
Any member on medical leave of absence which is the result of a line of duty injury shall receive full service credit during the time period such leave has been approved not to exceed the balance of the year in which such leave has been approved plus the next calendar year.
Any application for full service credit after the year following the year in which such leave has been approved shall be at the discretion of the Mayor and Council on a case-by-case basis.
The Mayor and Council shall consider, but not be limited to, issues such as whether the member will be able to return to service; how much longer the member will be on a medical leave of absence; how the injury occurred; and such other issues the Mayor and Council deem appropriate.
i. 
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated as follows:
1. 
For regular annual services for the first year $22,750.00 to $91,000.00.
2. 
For contributions for the subsequent years the estimated costs are, $27,125.00 to $108,750.00 for the second year, $31,500.00 to $126,000.00 for the third year, and $40,250.00 to $161,000.00 for the fourth year.
3. 
These estimates are based upon assuming twenty-five (25%) percent of the current staffing of the squads attain eligibility (the lower number) and one hundred (100%) percent of the current staffing of the squads attain eligibility (the higher number). The cost will increase each year thereafter based upon cost of living increase formula.
[Ord. # 1417]
Each active volunteer member shall be credited with points for volunteer services provided to the emergency service organizations in accordance with the following schedules:
a. 
Bogota Volunteer Fire Department.
A qualified year of active emergency service in the Bogota Fire Department will be credited under the LOSAP for each service year after the effective date of the program in which an active volunteer member accumulates at least one hundred (100) points and attends thirty (30%) percent of the fire drills and meetings in that calendar year. Points are to be calculated as follows:
1. 
EMERGENCY CALLS (including emergency, company and special) — 1 point per alarm.
2. 
DRILLS (including company and department) — 2 points per drill, 12 points minimum and 24 points maximum.
3. 
TRAINING — 2 points per hour for attendance at a formal fire training class, CPR classes, or any other training classes submitted for approval of the training officer. 50 points maximum.
4. 
MEETINGS — 2 points for attendance at regular monthly meetings and special meetings. 18 points minimum and 30 points maximum.
5. 
ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICER — All officers are to receive upon completion of each calendar year served in their respected position these point totals, up to a maximum of 65 points:
Chief Officer
50 points
Company Line Officer
35 points
Department Executive Officer
35 points
Company Executive Officer
25 points
Company Mechanic
25 points
Company Trustee
20 points
Department Committee Member
15 points
Company Life Member
50 points
LOSAP Account Secretary
35 points
6. 
MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES — A maximum of 10 points may be earned annually for participation in the following activities. Each activity shall be awarded 2 points.
(a) 
Wakes and Memorial Services
(b) 
Weather related standbys
(c) 
Overnight standbys
(d) 
Work Details
(e) 
Parades
(f) 
Any event that the Chief Officers recommend be LOSAP eligible that is approved by the Mayor and Council
b. 
Bogota Rescue Squad.
A qualified year of volunteer emergency service in the Bogota Rescue Squad shall be credited under LOSAP for each service year after establishment of the program in which an active volunteer accumulates at least one hundred (100) points. Points are to be calculated as follows:
1. 
CALLS — 2 points each
2 points for every call that is attended. There is no maximum number of points that can be accumulated for calls attended in a calendar year.
2. 
TRAINING — 2 points per hour
2 points per hour for attendance at a formal training class, formal in-house training class, or any other training classes submitted for approval of the training officer. A maximum of 60 points in a calendar year for training is allowed.
3. 
DUTY NIGHT — 1 point per night
1 point for every 1900 x 2300 hours assigned duty night attended.
4. 
MEETINGS — 2 points each
2 points for every monthly meeting and special meeting attended. A maximum of 24 points in a calendar year for meetings is allowed.
5. 
DETAILS & DRILLS — 2 points each
2 points for every drill or detail attended. A maximum of 24 points in a calendar year for drills and details is allowed.
6. 
PARADES — 5 points each
5 points for every parade attended. A maximum of 10 points in a calendar year for parades is allowed.
7. 
STANDBYS — 1 point for 4 hours
1 point for every 4 hours of a standby for disaster or weather related emergencies attended. A maximum of 10 points in a calendar year for standbys is allowed.
8. 
ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICER —
All officers are to receive upon completion of each calendar year served in their respected position these point totals, up to a maximum of 65 points:
Chief
50 points
Deputy Chief
45 points
Captain
40 points
Lieutenant
35 points
President
30 points
Treasurer
15 points
Secretary
10 points
Director
10 points
Committee Member
10 points
Mechanic
15 points
Life Member
50 points
LOSAP Account Secretary
35 points
9. 
Any event that the Chief recommends to be LOSAP eligible that is approved by the Mayor and Council.
c. 
Bogota First Aid and Emergency Squad.
A qualified year of Volunteer First Aid and Emergency Squad service shall be credited under the LOSAP for each calendar year after establishment of the program in which an active certified Volunteer accumulates at least one hundred (100) points and attends thirty (30%) percent of the EMS drills and meetings in that calendar year. Points shall be granted in accordance with the following systems:
1. 
Ambulance calls — 2 points for each call.
2. 
Drills and Meetings and Special Meetings — 2 points awarded for each meeting or drill attended up to 30 points maximum for meetings and 24 points maximum for drills.
3. 
Duty Night — 2 points per night, 4 hours consecutive in-house duty, and 1 point for rig inspection and restocking both rigs per duty night.
4. 
TRAINING — 2 points per hour
2 points per hour for attendance at a formal training class, formal in-house training class, or any other training classes submitted for approval of the training officer. A maximum of 60 points in a calendar year for training is allowed.
5. 
Officers and other positions within the ambulance squad. Points are credited for completion of each one year term as follows:
President
50 points
Vice President
25 points
Chief
50 points
Deputy Chief
45 points
Captain
45 points
Corr. Secretary
25 points
Rec. Secretary
25 points
Treasurer
35 points
Mechanic
35 points
Crew Chief
35 points
Active Life Member
50 points
LOSAP Account Secretary
35 points
6. 
Miscellaneous Activities — Points will be credited for participation in the following activities:
Wakes and Memorial Services
5 points
Bogota Memorial Day Parade
5 points
Work Details assigned by Captain
5 points
Teaneck 4th of July Parade
4 points
Ridgefield Park 4th of July Parade
4 points
7. 
STANDBYS — 1 point for 4 hours
1 point for every 4 hours of a standby for disaster or weather related emergencies attended. A maximum of 48 points in a calendar year for standbys is allowed.
8. 
Any event that the Squad Officers recommend be LOSAP eligible that is approved by the Mayor and Council.