Editor's Note: The history of this chapter includes portions of Section 1-5 of the 1982 Code.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-1]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983 c.383), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq.) shall be locally enforced in the Borough of Little Ferry.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-2]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Little Ferry Fire Department through its Bureau of Fire Prevention which is hereby created therein. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall hereinafter be known as the local enforcing agency.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-3]
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Borough of Little Ferry other than one (1) and two (2) unit owner-occupied dwellings used exclusively for dwelling purposes and buildings, structures, and premises owned or operated by Federal Government, Interstate Agencies or the State.
The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with all the pertinent requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-4]
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-5]
Appointment and Qualifications of the Fire Official. The Fire Official shall be certified by the State and appointed by the Governing Body.
Appointment and Qualifications of the Deputy Fire Official. The Deputy Fire Official shall be certified by the State and appointed by the Governing Body. The Deputy Fire Official shall be chosen by the Fire Official and shall act as the Fire Official in his or her absence.
Appointment and Qualifications of Inspectors and Other Employees. Inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Governing Body upon recommendation of the Fire Official. All inspectors shall be State certified.
Appointment of Legal Counsel. The Governing Body shall specifically appoint legal counsel to assist the agency in enforcing the Uniform Fire Code.
Terms of Office. The Fire Official and Deputy Fire Official shall serve for a term of a minimum of one (1) year. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
Removal from Office. The Fire Official, Deputy Fire Official, inspectors and other employees of the agency shall be subject to removal by the Governing Body for just cause. Before removal from office, all persons shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the Governing Body or a hearing officer designated by the same.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-6]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by subsection 20-1.2 shall carry out the periodic inspections of life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-7]
In addition to the registration required by the Uniform Fire Code, the following non-life hazard uses shall register with the Bureau of Fire Prevention. These uses shall be inspected once every 12-18 months and pay an annual combined registration and inspection fee. The fee is due within thirty (30) days of the initial inspection.
Unless otherwise noted in the Uniform Fire Code the following Use Groups A, B, E, I, M, S and +F shall pay the fee according to total square footage:
Uses required to register with the State as life hazard uses shall not be required to register under this section.
At the discretion of the Fire Official, vacant buildings will be charged and inspected according to the previous use of the building.
All residential uses except R-A uses shall be inspected in the common areas only.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 8]
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 9]
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 10]
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any action of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 11]
Enforcement, violations, and penalties shall be managed in conformity with the Uniform Fire Safety Act, the Uniform Fire Code and all other laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 12]
All buildings required to have an automatic fire suppression system shall remain a red light over the Fire Department connection. The light shall be a minimum of sixty (60) watts and be a minimum of eight (8) feet off the ground and be illuminated at all times. In addition to the red light all connections shall have a sign that reads "Fire Department Connection" located above the connection below the light. The sign shall have two (2) inch red lettering on a white background.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-13]
Within their respective jurisdictions, the Fire Subcode Official and Fire Official of the Borough of Little Ferry are hereby granted the power to designated as "fire zones" or "fire lanes" any of the following areas located on property occupied by any multifamily dwelling, school or college property, proposed use for commercial or industrial purposes or any property open to the public or to which the public is invited:
Any driveway or other area which, in the judgment of the Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official, should be available for use by fire-fighting equipment or other emergency vehicles or in order to reach the building or buildings on the property in the event of fire.
Any area adjacent to a water standpipe or other source of water to be used in the event of fire or any area over which fire-fighting equipment would be required to pass in order to reach such water supply.
Any area adjacent to an exit from a building on the premises or any area which must remain vacant and unoccupied in order to permit free use of such exit.
Any other area where the parking of vehicles of placement of any structure or other impediment to free movement of persons and vehicles would interfere with the fighting of a fire on the premises to impede the movement of persons away from the premises in the event of fire.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-14]
Upon designating any such area as a "fire zone" or "fire lane," the Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official shall promptly notify the owner of the premises of such designation. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of such notification, the owner of the premises shall cause to be erected on the premises, at such location or locations as shall be designated by the Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official, signs indicating that parking is not permitted in the fire zone(s) and fire lane(s).
Such signs shall be constructed of metal, shall not be less than eighteen (18) inches in size and shall bear the words "Fire Zone—No Parking" or "Fire Lane—No Parking" or similar import and shall be approved by the Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official prior to being erected. Signs shall be weatherproof with white reflective background and bright red letters which shall have a minimum height of two (2) inches.
In the event that the property owner shall fail to erect such signs within the time limit specified, the Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official shall be authorized to enter upon the premises and cause such signs to be erected and shall charge the cost thereof to the owner of the property.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-15]
Fire Lanes. Fire lanes shall be bordered on both sides by a minimum six-inch yellow stripe painted on the ground surface. The words "Fire Lane" shall be painted on the ground surface and shall be in yellow letters with a minimum height of eighteen (18) inches. The word "Fire Lane" shall be painted every fifty (50) feet and/or at locations approved by the Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official.
Fire Zones. Fire zones shall be marked as ordered by the Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official; however, minimum markings shall be as follows:
A fire zone shall be marked around the entire perimeter with a yellow line which shall have a minimum width of four (4) inches. Diagonal yellow lines four (4) inches in width shall be marked off every three (3) feet.
The words "Fire Zone" shall be painted on the ground surface in yellow letters which shall have a minimum height of eighteen (18) inches at locations approved by the Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official.
Ground markings shall be painted by the owners of the premises within thirty (30) days of the owner's receipt of notice that the fire zone or fire lane has been designated. In the event that the property owner shall fail to make such ground markings, the Borough shall cause the ground markings to be made and shall charge the cost thereof to the owner of the property.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-16]
No person shall deface, damage, remove or destroy and sign erected pursuant to this section.
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No person shall at any time park, stop, stand or leave unattended a motor vehicle in any area designated as a fire zone or fire lane, nor shall any person, firm or corporation place or construct any structure in a designated fire zone or fire lane nor place any obstruction thereon which will impair the free passage and access of fire-fighting vehicles or firefighters or impair free use of any exit from any building.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-18]
Required in buildings containing fire alarm systems and fire suppression systems or buildings where visual inspection for the presence of fire is obstructed or buildings of life hazard use or when, in the opinion of the Fire Official, there is a need for immediate access in the event of fire, a high security key vault shall be installed whereby the Fire Department may gain access to a building without use of force. Such key vaults shall contain keys for entry and fire suppression and alarm systems.
Key vaults shall be installed in the following location:
All high-rise (over four (4) stories) buildings, both residential and commercial.
All multiple-dwelling buildings, which contain five (5) units or more, and which include any common area between the individual units, and which common area is locked from the outside of the building.
All commercial buildings, two (2) stories or higher.
All commercial structures which contain five (5) or more individual separately located businesses, and which contain common area between such commercial units, and which is locked from the outside.
All key vaults shall be located in a prominent and viewable location near the main entrance of the building.
All key vaults, regardless of the manufacturer, shall be fitted with locks that are keyed to match the keys presently utilized by the Fire Department of the Borough of Little Ferry. The obligation to install appropriate locks in accordance with this section shall be the responsibility of the owner of the building or its duly authorized representative.
All keys placed into the key vaults shall be color coded, utilizing only the following specific colors:
The only exception to this requirement shall be for master key systems, in which one (1) master key is utilized for all of the above-mentioned systems, utilities and rooms.
The key vault installed by the owner or owners of the building shall be a proper size, sufficient to accommodate the amount of keys required for the building. It shall be the owner or owners' responsibility to notify the Fire Prevention Bureau of any changes in keys or additional keys for the building which are placed in the key vault.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 §§ 105-19—105-21; amended 11-8-2018 by Ord. No. 1507-18-18]
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This chapter shall be enforced by the Bureau of Fire Prevention, Fire Subcode Official, Fire Official and Police Department of the Borough of Little Ferry.
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Unless another penalty is expressly provided by New Jersey statute, any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars or imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both. Each day that a continuing violation shall occur shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Ord. No. 1292-02-10 § 105-24]
The provisions of this chapter are intended to be cumulative and in addition to such other provisions and remedies as may be otherwise provided by law, including but not necessarily limited to provisions contained within the Uniform Fire Code.
[Ord. No. 1339-24-11 Preamble]
Much new construction, both residential and commercial, consists of engineered lumber, in the form of prefabricated I-joists, truss joists, truss rafters and similar materials. Many types of engineered lumber burn at a rate faster than other types of lumber thereby creating, in many cases, unexpected problems for firefighters. In fighting fires, time is of the essence in saving lives and property. It is imperative for firefighters, and others, to know the type of materials used in the construction of a structure.
[Ord. No. 1339-24-11 § I]
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ENGINEERED LUMBER
- Shall mean prefabricated I-joists, truss joists, truss rafters, and laminated beams and studs.
- REFLECTIVE SYMBOL
- Shall mean an emblem of a bright and reflective color, or made of reflective material, The shape of the emblem shall be an isosceles triangle and the size shall be twelve (12) inches horizontally by six (6) inches vertically and in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.20.
- Shall mean a combination of materials to form a construction for occupancy, use or ornamentation, whether installed on, above or below the surface of a parcel of land.
[Ord. No. 1339-24-11 § II]
Identifying emblems shall be permanently affixed to the front of structures with truss construction.
The emblem shall be of a bright and reflective color, or made of reflective material. The shape of the emblem shall be an isosceles triangle and the size shall be twelve (12) inches horizontally by six (6) inches vertically. The following letters, of a size and color to make them conspicuous, shall be printed on the emblem:
The emblem shall be permanently affixed to the left of the main entrance door at a height between four (4) and six (6) feet above the ground and shall be installed and maintained by the owner of the building.
The requirements of paragraph a above shall apply to all structures, whether residential, commercial or otherwise, including detached one- and two-family residential structures.
Individual structures and dwelling units with truss construction that are part of a planned real estate development shall not be required to have an identifying emblem if there is an emblem affixed at each entrance to the development.
The requirements of paragraph a above shall apply to all structures, including structures existing at the time of the effective date of this section. (Adopted October 11, 2011)
[Ord. No. 1339-24-11 § III]
The Borough Construction Official shall determine if a structure contains engineered lumber. After determining a structure contained engineered lumber, the Borough Construction Official shall notify the local Fire Code Official who shall enforce the provisions of this section.
[Ord. No. 1339-24-11 § IV]
Any person violating this section by refusing to use the reflective symbol or by removing or tampering with the reflective symbol shall be subject to a fine in an amount of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars per violation. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.