|(a) Section 419.022(a)(4) Texas Government Code provides
that the commission may on request, assist in performing staffing
studies of fire departments. Staffing studies must take into consideration
all the objectives and missions of the fire department. Many staffing
studies have been developed that can be used to assist in evaluating
the needs of a fire department.
(b) A city should ultimately decide on the level of
fire protection it is willing to provide to its citizens. The city
and fire department should, as a minimum, address the needs of prevention,
investigation and suppression as outlined in the appropriate National
Fire Protection Association Standards. That decision should be based
on facts, the safety of its citizens, and the safety of the fire fighters
providing that protection.
(c) The commission will assist by maintaining information
pertinent to fire department staffing. The information shall be maintained
in the Ernest A. Emerson Fire Protection Resource Library at the commission.
Copies shall be made available, free of charge, to anyone requesting
such information to the extent permitted by copyright laws.