[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bay Head as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-18-1984 (§ 2-11 of the 1984 Code); amended in its entirety 10-6-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-10]
There shall be a Fire Department in the Borough of Bay Head known as "Bay Head Fire Company No. 1," which shall consist of not more than 50 active members. The Mayor and Council shall approve the appointment of all active members to the Department.
Each prospective candidate, member, and/or fire police official shall make an application, in writing, signed by the applicant, giving his or her name, age, and length of residence in the state. With the application, there shall be an accompanying certificate made by a practicing physician of the State of New Jersey to the effect that, after a physical examination for that purpose, the physician certifies that the applicant is physically fit to perform the duties of a firefighter. The above requirements apply to all candidates, members, and fire police officials.
All candidates, members, and/or fire police officials who were not certified by the State of New Jersey as a firefighter prior to 1987 are required to attend and successfully complete the Fire Fighter Level I Certification from an accredited program within one year of joining the Fire Department.
The name of each person elected to active membership in the Company and proposed as a member of the Department shall be presented through the Secretary of the Company to the Mayor and Borough Council for confirmation. The Municipal Clerk shall keep a record of all active members confirmed by the Mayor and Council and record the annual percentages of attendance at fires and fire drills as reported by the Company to him or her. The Fire Chief shall be responsible to immediately notify the Municipal Clerk of any and all changes in the Fire Department membership.
The Department shall choose from its list of active members the following officers: Chief, Assistant Chief, Captains, Lieutenants, Fire Police Officials, and Engineers. All other officers shall be selected from the Department's voting membership according to its respective rules, regulations, and bylaws. There shall be a maximum of six fire police officials within the Fire Department subject to departmental rules and regulations.
Fire Chief. Reporting to the Mayor and Council, the Fire Chief shall administer, plan, direct, and control all aspects of the Fire Department including administration, fire suppression, fire prevention and rescue activities of the Department as authorized by all applicable laws, rules, and/or regulations. The Fire Chief will also administer applicable local, state, and federal fire regulations. Administrative duties comprise planning, directing, and controlling all Fire Department activities including recruitment of personnel, purchase of equipment, control of expenditures, preparation of budget estimates, and the assignment of personnel and equipment. The Fire Chief consults with the other officers on issues of policy and planning and works in conjunction with same in supervising technical operations.
Assistant Fire Chief. Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief shall assist the Fire Chief in the implementation of his or her respective duties and responsibilities.
The Secretary of the Fire Department shall furnish an annual statement listing all of the fire calls, record of attendance at fires, fire drills, and any other pertinent and/or requested information to both the Mayor and Council member who chairs the Public Safety Committee.
There is hereby established a Junior Fire Company of Bay Head Fire Company No. 1, which shall consist of not more than 20 active junior members. The Mayor and Council shall approve all active junior members, and all applicants shall be between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age. There shall be no officers of said Junior Fire Company. All other provisions of this article shall be applicable to, and control, said Junior Fire Company.
[Adopted 8-17-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-10]
The Borough Council deems it appropriate and necessary to act to ensure retention of existing volunteer members and to provide incentives for recruiting new volunteer members for Bay Head Fire Company #1.
The Borough Council has determined that the creation of a Length of Service Awards Program will enhance the ability of Bay Head Fire Company #1 to retain and recruit volunteer members of the fire company.
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997 (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq.) to reward members of Bay Head Fire Company #1 for their loyal, diligent, and devoted services to the residents of the Borough of Bay Head.
The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account for each volunteer member who meets the criteria in this article. The contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan established by the Borough Council pursuant to P.L. 1997, c.388. The plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the Internal Revenue Code of the United States of America and the terms of this article.
The LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions to each active volunteer member who accumulates 50 or more points in accordance with the attached schedule entitled "LOSAP Point System."
Editor's Note: The LOSAP Point System Schedule is included as an attachment to this chapter.
The estimated cost of the program for regular annual services has been calculated at $20,000 per year.
[Amended 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-10]
Credit for volunteer services. Each active volunteer member of the Fire Company shall be credited with LOSAP points for volunteer services provided to the Bay Head Fire Company No. 1 according to the LOSAP Point System.
Storm and emergency standby. Any firefighter or volunteer of the Fire Company that stays on duty at the firehouse for service during a storm or other emergency related event shall receive one LOSAP point for each four-hour tour, up to a maximum of five points in any one calendar year.
The attached schedule, entitled "LOSAP Ballot Question," shall be submitted to the Clerk of Ocean County to be placed as a referendum question on the general election ballot in November 2004 to determine if the voters wish to approve and ratify this article.
Editor's Note: The LOSAP ballot question is included as an attachment to this chapter.