[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Shrewsbury 2-6-1951 by Ord. No. 90 (§§ 3-54 to 3-56, 3-67 to 3-70 and 3-72 to 3-75 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Volunteer incentives — See Ch. 51.
The incorporated limits of the Borough of Shrewsbury shall be the Fire District of this Fire Department.
The Fire Department of this Borough shall consist of Shrewsbury Hose Company No. 1, a volunteer fire company. The officers of said company shall be such as are designated by its constitution and bylaws, copies of which shall be filed with the Borough Clerk.
[Amended 9-27-1973 by Ord. No. 346; 10-10-1977 by Ord. No. 404; 5-10-1982 by Ord. No. 469; 8-21-2000 by Ord. No. 774]
The said company of the Fire Department shall have power to provide for the election of its officers and members and manage its own affairs, subject to its constitution and bylaws. However, before any person so elected as a member shall actually become a member, his election to such membership shall receive the approval of the Borough Council, and before any officer so elected shall take office, his election to such office shall receive the approval of the Borough Council. Membership in the Fire Department shall be as set forth in the bylaws of the Fire Department.
It shall be the duty of every member of the Fire Department to prevent unauthorized persons from riding on any apparatus or using any Borough fire equipment at any time. It shall be the duty of all officers of the Department to prevent any misuse of the apparatus by any member and to prevent excessive speed in driving any apparatus and to prevent any member from conducting himself in such a manner as to cause a breach of the peace or reflect discredit on the Fire Department and the Borough.
No apparatus, except in case of necessity, shall leave the Borough limits. The Mayor, Chairman of the Fire Committee, Chief, First Assistant Chief or Second Assistant Chief may permit any apparatus to leave the limits of the Borough on a call for assistance from outside the Borough. The Mayor or Chairman of the Fire Committee shall have sole power to permit apparatus to leave the limits of the Borough for repairs or to attend parades or firemen's tournaments.
No apparatus or equipment shall be used for any trial of skill or power except by consent of the Chief or the First or Second Assistant Chief, nor shall it be removed from the firehouse for any use whatever, except for an alarm of fire, drill or authorized trial of skill or power, except with the approval of the Mayor, Chairman of the Fire Committee, the Chief or the First or Second Assistant Chief.
[Amended 5-10-1982 by Ord. No. 469]
When going to an alarm of fire, fire apparatus shall be operated at a rate of speed consistent with public safety.
Eligibility. Applicants for permits authorizing the use of blue emergency warning lights pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:24-5 et seq. may be considered eligible providing the Chief of the Fire Company certifies that the applicant of the Fire Department is an active member in good standing of a volunteer fire company and may display a blue emergency warning light.
Application. Pursuant to state regulations, the completed application shall be submitted to the Borough Clerk for submission to the Mayor for review. The Clerk shall forward an approved application to the appropriate state office and a copy thereof to the Chief of the Fire Company and to the Police Department.
Possession and exhibition. Mounting of emergency lights shall be in compliance with regulations set forth by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles. The blue light permit issued to the volunteer member of the Fire Department must be in the possession of the operator of the vehicle when the blue light(s) are displayed on the vehicle and must be exhibited upon the request of any law enforcement official.
Validity; cancellation; revocation. Permits are valid for four years from the date of issuance and are not transferable. When a member of the Fire Department to whom a permit is issued ceases to be an active member in good standing of a volunteer fire company, the permit must be surrendered to the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of the cause for cancellation or revocation.
Should a fire develop within the limits of the Borough that requires assistance from out-of-town fire departments, the Chief or, in his absence, the person in command at any fire is hereby vested with power to call such out-of-town assistance as he may deem necessary to aid in the extinguishing of the fire. The members of such out-of-town fire departments shall be under the command of the Chief or, in his absence, the person in command of the fire.
A complete record of all fires attended by this Department shall be kept by the company, and the Chief shall make a full report of this record annually, before December 31, to the Borough Council.
It shall be the duty of the officers of this Department to promptly report any violation of this chapter to the Chief, and that officer shall report the same to the Borough Council at its next regular meeting. The Borough Council shall examine into such charges and shall take such action thereon as it may deem necessary, provided that no penalties other than such as are provided in this chapter shall be enforced.
The penalty for any violation of this chapter shall be, in the case of an officer, degradation from office and expulsion from the Department and, in the case of a fireman, expulsion from the Department.