Borough of Caldwell, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Caldwell as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 23.
ATTACHMENTS
028 Schedule A
[Adopted 7-9-2002 by Ord. No. 1116-02]
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is hereby created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of New Jersey of 1997, being N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq., to award members of the volunteer fire department for their loyal, diligent, and devoted services to the residents of the Borough of Caldwell.
The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account for each volunteer member that meets criteria set forth below. Such contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Caldwell pursuant to P.L 1997, c. 388 and its implementing regulations and such plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and this article.
The LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions to each eligible member that meets the criteria as follows:
A. 
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACTIVE VOLUNTEER MEMBER
Any Caldwell volunteer firefighter who meets the minimum annual attendance (30% of fire alarms, drills, meetings and other fire department activities increased by approved extra credit events) and training requirements set forth in the Fire Department regulations.
YEAR OF ACTIVE SERVICE (YEAR)
The twelve-month period commencing annually on January 1, and concluding on December 31, of that year.
B. 
An active member shall receive from the Borough an annual LOSAP contribution based on the number of LOSAP points earned during the year. The maximum LOSAP contribution which an active volunteer member may receive in a year is $1,150. An active volunteer member must earn Forty One LOSAP points in a year to receive the minimum LOSAP contribution of $100 or 5% of the maximum annual LOSAP contribution, whichever is greater. As set forth in § 28-5 of this article, an active member shall earn LOSAP points based on his or her seniority, annual attendance and extra credit LOSAP points.
The estimated total amount to be budgeted for the program is $40,000.
Each active volunteer member shall be credited with points for volunteer services provided to the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department in accordance with the following schedule:
A. 
Seniority. An active volunteer member shall receive one LOSAP point for each year of active emergency service after completing three years of service. An active volunteer member may earn a maximum of 30 LOSAP points in any year for seniority.
B. 
Participation in Department responses to alarms. An active volunteer member shall receive 25 LOSAP points for responding to 15% attendance at the Fire Department responses to which volunteer firefighters have been dispatched.
C. 
Drills. An active volunteer member shall receive one LOSAP point for each authorized Fire Company, Department, mutual aid[1] and special drills of a minimum of two hours in duration. An active volunteer member may earn a maximum of 20 LOSAP points in any year for drills.
[1]
Editor's Note: The mutual assistance agreement for supplemental fire assistance is on file in the Borough offices.
D. 
Attendance at meetings. An active volunteer member shall receive one LOSAP point for each regular and special Fire Company and Department meeting. An active volunteer member may earn a maximum of 20 LOSAP points in any year for attendance at meetings.
E. 
SCBA's, house cleanup and work details. An active volunteer member shall receive one LOSAP point for the attendance of each SCBA's, house cleanup and work detail. An active volunteer member may earn a maximum of 15 LOSAP points in any year for attendance at SCBA's, house cleanups and work details.
F. 
Miscellaneous officials and appointees. An active member shall receive LOSAP points for holding the following elected or appointed positions within the Department:
Points
Number of LOSAP Points
Fire Chief
25
1st Chief
20
2nd Chief
20
Captain
15
Lieutenant
10
All other elected or appointed positions
10
North Jersey Volunteer Fire Association Delegates and Alternatives
1 LOSAP point per meeting attended
(10 LOSAP point maximum per any year).
G. 
Extra credit. An active volunteer member shall receive one LOSAP point for the attendance at extra credit events as approved by the Fire Chief or the designated officer in charge. An active volunteer member may earn a maximum of 15 LOSAP points in any year for attendance at extra credit events.
H. 
An active volunteer member shall receive a percentage of the maximum LOSAP contribution based on the number of LOSAP points earned in a year.
Number of LOSAP Points
Percentage of Maximum LOSAP Contribution
40
0%
41
5% (or $100, whichever is greater)
42
10%
43
15%
44
20%
45
25%
46
30%
47
35%
48
40%
49
45%
50
50%
51
55%
52
60%
53
65%
54
70%
55
75%
56
80%
57
85%
58
90%
59
95%
60 or more
100%
This article shall not take effect unless approved by the voters as a public question at the next general election as provided by New Jersey Statute, and if approved, shall become effective January 1, 2003.
The following referendum question shall be submitted to the voters of the Borough of Caldwell at the November 5, 2002, general election:
Shall the Borough of Caldwell be authorized to establish a Length of Service Awards Program for the volunteer firefighters that serve the Borough, pursuant to the following terms and conditions:
9.
The program shall provide for annual contributions to a deferred income account for each active volunteer member that meets eligibility criteria and in accordance with the schedule adopted by the Borough of Caldwell.
10.
The proposed minimum annual contribution for an active volunteer member is $100 and the maximum is $1,150.
11.
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated as following:
For regular annual services: maximum of $1,150 per year per member, total amount anticipated to be budgeted annually $40,000 based upon current membership
Yes
No
[1]
Editor's Note: This article was subject to referendum and was passed at the general election held 11-5-2002.
[Adopted 7-8-2003 by Ord. No. 1131-03]
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is hereby created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997, being N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq., to reward squad members for their loyal, diligent and devoted services to the residents of the Borough of Caldwell.
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 a plan that shall be established by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Caldwell pursuant to P.L. 1997, C 388, and such plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and this article.
The West Essex First Aid Squad services the municipalities of Caldwell, Fairfield, North Caldwell and West Caldwell that have a total population of 33,255 (2000 census) and total number of estimated calls of 2,016. The breakdown of the population and number of calls for the municipalities serviced by the West Essex First Aid Squad would be as follows:
Municipality
2000 Census Population
Established Number of Calls
Census and Call Average
Caldwell
7,584
22.8%
545
27.0%
24.9%
Fairfield
7,063
21.2%
472
23.4%
22.3%
North Caldwell
7,375
22.2%
249
12.4%
17.3%
West Caldwell
11,233
33.8%
750
37.2%
35.5%
Total
33,255
2,016
100.0%
The LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions to each eligible member that meets the criteria as follows:
A. 
Five hundred points are required for a member to be eligible for an annual contribution (see Schedule A).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included at the end of this chapter.
B. 
Five years of service are required for vesting.
C. 
The annual contribution shall be 24.9% of $1,150 or $286.35 per eligible member.
D. 
The cost to be budgeted annually by the Borough of Caldwell is anticipated to be $12,600.
This article shall not take effect unless it is approved by voters as a public question at the next general election.
The following referendum question shall be submitted to the Borough of Caldwell at the November 4, 2003, general election:
Shall the Borough of Caldwell be authorized to establish a Length of Service Awards Program for the volunteer members of the West Essex First Aid Squad that serve the Borough, pursuant to the following terms and conditions:
1.
The program shall provide for annual contributions to a deferred-income account for each active volunteer member that meets the eligibility criteria and in accordance with the schedule adopted by the Borough of Caldwell.
2.
The proposed minimum annual contributions for an active volunteer member is $24.90 and maximum is $286.35.
3.
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated as follows:
For regular annual services: $12,600.
Yes
No
[1]
Editor's Note: This article was subject to referendum and was passed at the general election held 11-4-2003.