[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Maple Shade 12-4-1985 by Ord. No. 1985-14 (Ch. 12 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township Council hereby establishes a Fire Department of the Township of Maple Shade to consist of the Independent Fire Company No. 1 and such other volunteer fire companies as may be created from time to time.
All vehicles, apparatus and equipment shall be purchased by the Township of Maple Shade and be owned by the Township of Maple Shade but may be utilized by the volunteer members of Independent Fire Company No. 1. The portions of the building presently owned by Independent Fire Company No. 1, located at 53 South Maple Avenue, which are utilized for firematic purposes and commonly referred to as "apparatus rooms," shall be leased to the Township of Maple Shade and as such shall be under the control and supervision of the Township of Maple Shade.
The rules and regulations of the Department shall be the constitution and bylaws of Independent Fire Company No. 1, which shall become a part of this chapter by reference hereto.
The Township Manager shall appoint the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief and all other line and engineering officers, said appointments to be made on January 1 of each year as recommended by Independent Fire Company No. 1. Said individuals shall hold office for one year or until their successors have been duly appointed and qualified.
The Township Council shall provide the following funding for fire-fighting services on an annual basis for the purpose of eliminating any need for volunteer fund-raising:
Establish a budget for operating expenses of $110,000 in 1986, to be the minimum provided for fire-fighting purposes in future years, to include, but not be limited to, payment for insurance; purchase of uniforms, equipment and other paraphernalia; maintenance and repair of existing equipment, vehicles and building; education and training of firemen, utilities and the like. Emergency situations will be addressed as they arise and to the extent permitted.
Provide for the replacement of capital equipment and apparatus, including vehicles, on a cycle of 20 years for diesel-powered apparatus, 15 years for gasoline-powered apparatus and 10 years, or as needed, for other vehicles or equipment.
Provide for any and all necessary expenses for the management of the property and facilities owned by Independent Fire Company No. 1, used specifically for firematic purposes, and leased by the township.