[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mullica 12-13-1924; revised 6-12-1968. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be created in Mullica Township a Fire Department to be known as the "Fire Department of Mullica Township."
[Amended 6-3-1959; 11-8-1972; 3-8-1988 by Ord. No. 1-88; 6-22-1999 by Ord. No. 13-99; 2-13-2001 by Ord. No. 2-2001]
The Fire Department shall consist of four companies as follows with membership as stated herein:
One station in Elwood to be known as the "Elwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1" which shall not have more than 30 active members.
One station in Nesco to be known as the "Nesco Volunteer Fire Company No. 2" which shall not have more than 30 active members.
One station in Weekstown to be known as the "Weekstown Volunteer Fire Company No. 3" which shall not have more than 30 active members.
One station in Sweetwater to be known as the "Sweetwater Volunteer Fire Company No. 4" which shall not have more than 30 active members.
Each newly appointed active member shall be not less than 18 years of age, shall complete an application and shall be given a physical examination and shall be confirmed by the Township Committee. Junior members shall be between the age of 16 and 18 years of age and abide by the bylaws of their respective companies. Further, any newly active member above the age of 40 years old shall not be entitled to any benefits provided for and/or limited to, by law or otherwise, active members of said fire company between the ages of 18 and 40 years.
Any volunteer fire company which may hereafter be organized may be admitted to this Department by and with the consent of the Township Committee.
The several fire companies comprising said Fire Department shall be subject to all the laws of the State of New Jersey pertaining to the fire departments in towns or townships and may receive any benefits resulting therefrom.
[Added 4-27-2010 by Ord. No. 10-2010]
The Director of Fire Department Affairs shall be under the direction of the governing body and shall be appointed by the Township Committee, upon recommendation of the Mullica Township Fire Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs, for a period of one year. The Director of Fire Department Affairs shall meet the following minimum requirements:
The Director of Fire Department Affairs’ duties shall include:
Auditing of the Fire Association;
Attending scheduled meetings of the full Fire Department and attending Fire Chief’s Meetings, from which information can be brought to the governing body;
Liaison with dispatch services, rescue/EMS services and Mullica Township Emergency Management;
Research of and application for grants for equipment;
Dissemination of federal, state, county and other government mandates to the fire companies and to the governing body; and
An inventory of fire equipment as needed.
The Station Chief will maintain command over his incident location at all times; however, the Director of Fire Departments Affairs will assist the Chief at the Chief’s discretion.
The Director of Fire Department Affairs cannot enter into any binding agreements in the name of the fire companies or of the Township of Mullica.
Editor’s Note: Ordinance No. 10-2010 provided that any reference to the Township Fire Chief or Township Assistant Fire Chief in any existing Township ordinance would be deemed to refer to the Director of Fire Department Affairs.
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 19-5, Command of Department.
The Fire Chief or Assistant Chief shall call each year at least six drills of the Department so as to keep the men thoroughly drilled in the use of the apparatus and equipment. The Chief or in his absence the Assistant Chief shall have charge of all apparatus, hose and all fire equipment and shall command the men at all fires, drills or any emergencies that the Department shall be called out on.
The various fire companies comprising this Department shall make suitable rules to compel all members to attend fires, drills, meetings and all emergencies of the Department and, to this end, may impose fines upon the various members for nonattendance, according to bylaws that each company may adopt.
[Amended 11-8-1972; 4-27-2010 by Ord. No. 10-2010]
The Secretaries of the various companies shall keep an accurate record of all fires and drills and the members answering roll call.
[Amended 7-10-1990 by Ord. No. 10-90; 6-22-1999 by Ord. No. 13-99]
A Fire Chief or any members of the Department shall immediately report to the Police Department any person interfering with or hampering the firemen at any fire or at any scene to which any of the fire companies set forth in this chapter have responded. Upon the conviction of any chapter violation, misdemeanor or other criminal charge for such interference, a person may be convicted of a fine of up to $1,000, community service up to 90 days and/or imprisonment in the county jail for up to 90 days, all in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.
The companies may excuse their members for nonattendance at fires or drills in case of sickness upon presentation of a medical certificate from a physician certifying that such member was physically unfit to attend such fire or drill. In no case shall the fines imposed in any year upon any member exceed the sum of $5.
[Added 2-13-2001 by Ord. No. 2-2001; amended 4-27-2010 by Ord. No. 10-2010]
Within 45 days of December 31 of each year, the Fire Chief shall submit to the Chief Financial Officer and Township Clerk a financial report of the Fire Department, including financial information as to the income and expenditures of each fire company within the Township.