Chapter 2 Membership

2.0       The maximum number of members including Cadet, Probationary, Regular and Senior is 50.  At any time the membership numbers 50, perspective applicants placed on a wait list and considered for membership when a membership is vacated.

2.1       This corporation shall have four classes of members, designated as Regular, Senior, Probationary and Cadet.  A member is any person who satisfies all of the following criteria:

Cadet: Between the ages of 18 and 21 years old The maximum number of cadet members on the member roster shall not exceed 12.

Probationary: Must serve two years and complete First Responder Medical and Firefighter Class B License.

Regular: Must complete two year introductory period, be reconfirmed by Command staff and maintain First Responder Medical and Firefighter Class B license.

Senior: A member in good standing having served at least 10 years. Must request to become Senior member. Senior members shall not be part of the command staff unless they reclassify as a regular                                  member.

Exempt:  An exempt member is a fireman who is afforded all  of the privileges of regular membership without any obligation of membership. A member having served 10 years in good standing shall be                                        consider eligible for exempt status.  Any member serving 15 years before going  to exempt member status will receive a plaque for service. Exempt members are not included on the membership                               roster.

2.1.1    After completion of application and interview with membership committee, the membership committee will submit its recommendation of the applicant to the Williams Fire Protection Authority.

2.1.1    An applicant  approved as an active firefighter by the Fire Chief of the Williams Fire Protection Authority (or its successor fire department or departments)  shall be considered a probationary member for a period  2 years.  After the probationary period and meeting the training requirements, the member shall be considered by the membership committee for regular membership. The membership committee shall submit its recommendation to the Williams Fire Protection Authority.

2.2       Only Regular and Senior members shall have the right to vote, as set forth in these bylaws, on the election of directors, , on the disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the corporation, on any merger and its principal terms and any amendment of those terms, on any changes to the by-laws and on any election to dissolve the corporation. In addition, those members shall have all rights afforded members under the California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation.

2.3       Each member must pay, within the time and on the conditions set by the board, the dues, fees, fines and assessments as may be fixed from time to time as defined in the Assoc Rules of Conduct.

2.4       Members who have paid the required dues, fees, fines and assessments in accordance with these bylaws, have attended the required training and member meetings and who are not suspended shall be members in good standing.

2.5       A membership shall terminate on occurrence of any of the following events.

2.5.1    Resignation of the member.

2.5.2    The members failure to pay dues, fees, fines or assessments as set by the board within 60 days after they are due and payable; as defined in the Association Rules of Conduct.

2.5.3    Any event that renders the member ineligible for membership, or failure to satisfy membership qualifications; or any violation of the Association Rules of Conduct.

2.5.4    Termination of membership under Section 2.7 of these bylaws based on the good faith determination by the board, or a committee or person authorized by the board to make such a determination, that the member has failed in a material and serious degree to observe the rules of conduct of the corporation, or has engaged in conduct materially and seriously prejudicial to the corporations purposes and interests; or

2.5.5    Termination or dismissal as a firefighter by the Williams Fire Protection Authority (or its successor fire department or departments).

2.6       A member may be suspended, under Section 2.7 of these bylaws, based on the good faith determination by the board, or a committee or person authorized by the board to make such a determination, that the member has failed in a material and serious degree to observe the corporations rules of conduct, or has engaged in conduct materially and seriously prejudicial to the corporations purposes and interests.  A person whose membership is suspended shall not be a member during the period of suspension.

2.7       If grounds appear to exist for suspending or terminating a member under Sections  2.5 or 2.6 of these bylaws, the following procedure shall be followed:

2.7.1    The board shall give the member at least 15 days prior notice of the proposed suspension or termination and the reasons for the proposed suspension or termination.  Notice shall be given by any method reasonably calculated to provide actual notice.   Notice given by mail shall be sent by first-class or registered mail to the members last address as shown on the corporations records.

2.7.2    The member shall be given an opportunity to be heard, either orally or in writing, at least five days before the effective date of the proposed suspension or termination. The hearing shall be held, or the written statement considered, by the board or by a committee or person authorized by the board to determine whether the suspension or termination should occur.

2.7.3    The board, committee, or person shall decide whether the member should be suspended, expelled, or sanctioned in any way. The decision of the board, committee, or person shall be final.

2.7.4    Any action challenging an expulsion, suspension, or termination of membership, including a claim alleging defective notice, must be commenced within one year after the date of the expulsion, suspension, or termination.

2.8       No membership or right arising from membership shall be transferred.

2.9       Leave of absence may be granted a member, not to exceed 18 months, following a written request stating the reasons for the leave and the length of the leave.  This leave must be approved by the board and command staff.  If there is an opening, a member shall return to the department at his former status at the time of commencement of the leave (i.e., Regular or Senior)  If there are no openings he shall be placed at the top of the waiting list.  A military leave of absence shall be exempt from the 18-month limitation.  Service time towards exempt status stops with leave of absence and starts back at end of leave.  Exemption includes fire department related injuries and military leave.

2.9.1     Any member in good standing; injured in a department related incident and is permanent disabled preventing them from continuing service may on approval of the board and command staff be considered for exempt status.

2.10      Light Duty Service Policy. Any member who meets the light duty requirements of the Williams Fire Protection Authority will be recognized as a member in good standing by the WVFA for a period not to exceed 6 months.  If the member’s condition exceeds 6 months, the member shall apply for a leave of absence according to 2.9 .