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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 13TEXAS COMMISSION ON FIRE PROTECTION
CHAPTER 423FIRE SUPPRESSION
SUBCHAPTER AMINIMUM STANDARDS FOR STRUCTURE FIRE PROTECTION PERSONNEL CERTIFICATION
RULE §423.1Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Protection Personnel

(a) Fire protection personnel of any local government entity, who receive probationary or temporary appointment to structure fire protection duties, must be certified by the Commission within one year from the date of their appointment in a structural fire protection personnel position.

(b) Prior to being appointed to fire suppression duties or certified as fire protection personnel, the Commission must review and approve the applicants fingerprint based criminal history record information obtained from the Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The individual or fire department must follow the procedure established by the Department of Public Safety to initiate and complete the electronic fingerprint process. The results will be available to the Commission through the Department of Public Safety's data base. The Commission will follow the criteria established in Title 37 Chapter 403 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) for denying a person certification based on the results of the fingerprint based criminal history record check.

(c) Prior to being appointed to fire suppression duties, personnel must complete a Commission-approved basic structure fire suppression program and successfully complete a Commission recognized emergency medical course. The individual must successfully pass the Commission examination pertaining to that curriculum as required by §423.3 of this title. The Commission recognizes the following emergency medical training:

  (1) Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Service Personnel certification training;

  (2) an American Red Cross Emergency Response course, including the optional lessons and enrichment sections;

  (3) an American Safety and Health Institute First Responder course;

  (4) National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification; or

  (5) medical training deemed equivalent by the Commission.

(d) Personnel holding any level of structure fire protection personnel certification must comply with the continuing education requirements specified in §441.7 of this title (relating to Continuing Education for Structure Fire Protection Personnel).


Source Note: The provisions of this §423.1 adopted to be effective November 1, 1998, 23 TexReg 10888; amended to be effective December 16, 2002, 27 TexReg 11795; amended to be effective November 15, 2003, 28 TexReg 9884; amended to be effective May 6, 2004, 29 TexReg 4232; amended to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2695; amended to be effective December 3, 2006, 31 TexReg 9618; amended to be effective February 17, 2010, 35 TexReg 1288

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