Chatham Township Introduces Ordinance Amendment for Chatham Emergency Squad Length of Service Award Program

Tom Patterson of the Chatham Emergency Squad came to the meeting of the Chatham Township Committee to answer questions about LOSAP Credits: TAP Chatham
The Chatham Township Committee introduced an amendment to LOSAP, which benefits the Chatham Emergency Squad members on Thursday night Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Emergency Squad members Tom Patterson and Bryan McGookin advocated for changes in LOSAP Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee introduced an amendment to an ordinance that will update standards for Chatham Emergency Squad members, the volunteers who earn points with their service toward qualification for the Length of Service Award Program, also known as LOSAP.

The amended ordinance was introduced by a 4-0 vote of the Chatham Township Committee on Thursday night. The public hearing and adoption vote is set for Feb. 22. Mayor Curt Ritter was absent due to a business commitment.

Since 2003, Chatham Emergency Squad EMTs have had the ability to earn $1,200 deposited in a tax-deferred account by reaching 100 service points in a year working with the Squad. It takes five years of service to become vested into the program.

Sign Up for E-News

According to former Chatham Township Mayor Tom Patterson, now the finance vice president of the Chatham Emergency Squad and a volunteer, 34 of the 60 CES members have qualified for LOSAP.

Former Chatham Township Mayor Tom Patterson, finance vice president for the Chatham Emergency Squad, explains changes to LOSAP in amended ordinance

One key change in the amendment allows for more points to be earned by the Duty Crew Out, which is the group that goes out on a call when the Duty Crew is attending to another emergency. Right now, there is a cap of 10 points that can be earned by the Duty Crew Out, volunteers who are leaving their homes at all hours to help someone in need. If amended, that 10-point cap would be eliminated.

The amendment also calls for Chatham Emergency Squad members to earn points for attending training classes.



TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Tue, July 17, 10:00 AM

Healing the Children, new providence

Summit Old Guard

Giving Back

Fri, August 10, 6:00 PM

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison

Downtown Concert Series: Mama D & The Vexations

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, September 30, 8:00 AM

College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown

Walk to Fight Alzheimer's

Giving Back Health & Wellness

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, July 9 – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend


Our summer program is in full swing.  This week we are starting some of our most popular children’s programs, Chess for Kids and sewing classes with Miss Polly.  Children will also enjoy a visit from a special guest, Queen Maria Isabella from Medieval Times.  Teens ...

Longtime Chatham Resident Passes the Torch to Current Residents

July 13, 2018

To the Editor,

I moved to Chatham from Ohio in 1961 and left just over a year or so ago. My daughters went through the school system and one of them still lives there with her son.

Clearly, we found the Library and local educational opportunities to our liking. 

When it came to giving back to the community, I chose to support the Library and served as a Board member for 15 ...

Chatham Residents Corry, Garavente, Myler, Radigan and Robbins are 2018 Graduates of Loyola University Maryland

July 14, 2018

BALTIMORE, MD -- Loyola University Maryland recognized the class of 2018 at its 166th Commencement Exercises on May 19, 2018, which included Chatham residents Bridget Corry, who received a BA degree in Communication; Elizabeth Garavente, who received a BBA degree in Business Administration; Jacqueline Myler, who received a BA degree in Communication; Leigh Radigan, who received a ...

5 Things You Should Know About Your Air Conditioner

How an air conditioner works

Air conditioners use refrigeration to cool indoor air. When a liquid converts to a gas, it absorbs heat. This process is called phase conversion. Air conditioners use phase conversion by forcing refrigerants to evaporate and condense over and over in a closed system of coils. 

What air conditioner filters do

Filters remove particles from the air, keeping ...