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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 13TEXAS COMMISSION ON FIRE PROTECTION
CHAPTER 449HEAD OF A FIRE DEPARTMENT
SUBCHAPTER AMINIMUM STANDARDS FOR HEAD OF A SUPPRESSION FIRE DEPARTMENT
RULE §449.1Minimum Standards for the Head of a Suppression Fire Department

(a) An individual who becomes employed and is assigned as the head of a suppression fire department must be certified by the commission as Head of a Suppression Fire Department, within one year of appointment.

(b) An individual appointed head of a suppression fire department must be eligible to be certified at the time of the appointment or will become eligible to be certified within one year of the appointment and must submit an affidavit verifying eligibility status at the time of the appointment if not holding a commission certification.

(c) Holding the Head of a Suppression Fire Department certification does not qualify an individual for any other certification. An individual who seeks certification in another discipline must meet the requirements for that discipline.

(d) Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to supersede Chapter 143, Local Government Code, in regard to appointment of a head of a suppression fire department.

(e) Individuals certified as the Head of a Suppression Fire Department must meet the continuing education requirement as provided for in Chapter 441 of this title (relating to Continuing Education).

(f) An individual certified as Head of a Suppression Fire Department under this subchapter may engage in fire fighting activities only as the head of a suppression fire department. These activities include incident command, direction of fire fighting activities or other emergency activities typically associated with fire fighting duties, i.e. rescue, confined space and hazardous materials response.


Source Note: The provisions of this §449.1 adopted to be effective February 26, 2015, 40 TexReg 831

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