|(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
(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.