Pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983. c. 383, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be enforced locally within the Township of Franklin.
The local enforcing agency shall be the Department of Fire Prevention.
Membership. The Fire Prevention Board shall consist of five members by written appointments. Four members shall be Fire Commissioners, including one Commissioner from each Fire District of the Township of Franklin. The duration of term of the Fire Prevention Board members shall be established by the Fire Districts collectively. The fifth member of the Fire Prevention Board shall be a member of the Franklin Township Fire Chiefs Association, to be appointed on an annual basis by said Association. Said member may not concurrently serve as a Fire Commissioner during the term of appointment.
Alternates. There shall be five alternate members of the Fire Prevention Board by written appointment, one for each regular Board member. Alternate members shall be appointed by their respective organizations and may attend all meetings of the Board. They shall be entitled to vote on Board matters in the absence of their respective regular members.
Liaison. There shall be one regular and one alternate Township Council liaison member who shall be appointed by the Township Council for one-year terms.
[Amended 2-26-2002 by Ord. 3274; 12-11-2003 by Ord. 3414]
There is hereby established a Department of Fire Prevention, which shall be headed by a Fire Official who shall be known as the "Director of Fire Prevention." Said Fire Official shall be appointed by the Township Manager after consultation with the Fire Prevention Board.
Said Department of Fire Prevention shall include such inspectors and other employees as are deemed necessary for the day-to-day operation of the Department.
The salaries, benefits, personnel regulations and terms of office for all employees of the Department of Fire Prevention shall be in accordance with the standards as promulgated for all other nonpolice employees of the Township of Franklin.
Such funds as mutually deemed necessary by the Fire Prevention Board and the Township Council shall be reflected in the local municipal budget.
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted pursuant thereto in all buildings, structures and premises within the Township of Franklin, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings. (See Article IV exceptions.)
The local enforcing agency 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.
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208, respectively), any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of the County of Somerset or to the Franklin Township Board of Appeals, if constituted.
Appeals for any action of the Fire Official which are not directly related to the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code or local amendments shall be made, in writing, to the Franklin Township Board of Fire Prevention.