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Township of Medford, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Medford 8-27-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-30. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is herewith created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997,[1] to reward members of the volunteer Medford Fire Department and Township Emergency Squad, for their loyal, diligent and devoted services to the residents of the Township of Medford.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40A14-183 et seq.
The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account for each volunteer member that meets the criteria set forth below. Such contributions shall be made in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and this chapter.
The LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions to each eligible member that meets the criteria as follows:
Volunteer members who may participate in the program shall include all active firefighters, active probationary firefighters and active sworn members of the fire police, who maintain an active status by attending 20% of all responses and drills for the year and life members with a minimum of 15 years of active service and/or equivalent who attend a minimum of 10% of all responses or calls. Responding members shall be required to meet the criteria as stated in the Medford Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, Inc. Constitution & By-laws, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.[1] However, those members with a minimum of ten years active service or as an active responder shall be required to respond to 10% of all responses. Members of the Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary shall not be eligible or members.
Editor's Note: Said constitution and by-laws are on file in the Township offices.
A volunteer may be eligible to participate in the LOSAP immediately upon commencement of active service, assuming the volunteer satisfies the criteria of attendance of the minimum responses and drills for the year and earns at least the minimum points during the year. No member's contribution shall be vested until the volunteer has completed at least five years of active service in any emergency service organization in the state.
An active volunteer must earn a minimum of 100 points during the calendar year in order to be eligible for an award. Contributions shall be awarded according to the number of points earned by each volunteer as follows:
Points Earned
Amount Credited
500 or more
Each active volunteer member shall be credited with points for volunteer services provided to the volunteer first aid organization in accordance with the following:
Participation in Fire Department responses/EMS responses: (no maximum points). Each member shall receive one response credit for each Fire Department/EMS response and two response credits for each responder from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. that is officially recorded in the records of the department, and for which an attendance sheet was authorized and prepared.
Training and preventive drills: Volunteers will receive five points for each weekly/monthly drill, special drill or training session conducted by the Fire Company, Fire Department or EMS division, as well as for all schools, seminars, conferences, and company/business meetings conducted on/off=site by other agencies.
Elected or appointed positions.
Fire. Each officer who serves a complete year in the offices of Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief, Captain, Lieutenant, Engineer, President, Secretary and Treasurer shall be credited with 25 points.
EMS. Each officer who serves a complete year in the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief, Captain, Lieutenant, and Engineer shall be credited with 25 points.
Duty crew.
EMS responding members taking a twelve-hour weekend duty crew per month will earn 10 points.
Regular duty. EMS responding members taking a minimum of six hours of duty crew per week will earn five points.
Saturday night duty crew will earn 10 points.
All calls including night calls will cam two points.
Credits for prior service. Volunteers will be awarded 20 points for each year of prior active service, (as described above) going back 10 years. Twenty points shall be awarded for each year of prior active service with a maximum of 200 points.
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated at approximately $83,000 per year.
This chapter shall not take effect unless it is approved by voters as a public question at the next general election. The Township Clerk is hereby authorized to take the necessary actions to have the question placed on the ballot for the general election held in November 2002.[1]
Editor's Note: This chapter was approved by voters at the 11-5-2002 general election.