TITLE 37. PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS

PART 13. TEXAS COMMISSION ON FIRE PROTECTION

CHAPTER 425. FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTORS

37 TAC §§425.3, 425.5, 425.7, 425.9

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (the commission) adopts amendments to Chapter 425, Fire Service Instructors, concerning, §425.3, Minimum Standards for Fire Service Instructor I Certification, §425.5, Minimum Standards for Fire Service Instructor II Certification, §425.7, Minimum Standards for Fire Service Instructor III Certification, and §425.9, Minimum Standards for Master Fire Service Instructor III Certification. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the May 26, 2017, Texas Register (42 TexReg 2799) and will not be republished.

The amendments are adopted to delete obsolete language and make other minor language changes for clarification and consistency.

The adopted amendments correct a reference to another section of commission rules and will provide clarification and consistent rules regarding Fire Service Instructors.

No comments were received from the public regarding adoption of the amendments.

The amendments are adopted under Texas Government Code, Chapter 419, §419.008, which provides the commission the authority to adopt rules for the administration of its powers and duties; §419.032 which allows the commission to appoint fire protection personnel.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2017.

TRD-201702911

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: August 23, 2017

Proposal publication date: May 26, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3812


CHAPTER 431. FIRE INVESTIGATION

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (the commission) adopts amendments to Chapter 431, Fire Investigation, concerning, Subchapter A, Minimum Standards for Arson Investigator Certification, §431.3, Minimum Standards for Basic Arson Investigator Certification, §431.11, Minimum Standards for Arson Investigator Certification for Law Enforcement Personnel, Subchapter B, Minimum Standards For Fire Investigator Certification, §431.201, Minimum Standards for Fire Investigation Personnel, §431.203, Minimum Standards for Fire Investigator Certification, and §431.207, Minimum Standards for Advanced Fire Investigator Certification. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the May 26, 2017, Texas Register (42 TexReg 2805) and will not be republished.

The amendments are adopted to clarify requirements for a person to obtain an Arson or Fire Investigator Certification.

The adopted amendments will provide clarification and consistent rules regarding Arson and Fire Investigator Certification.

No comments were received from the public regarding adoption of the amendments.

SUBCHAPTER A. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ARSON INVESTIGATOR CERTIFICATION

37 TAC §431.3, §431.11

The amendments are adopted under Texas Government Code, Chapter 419, §419.008, which provides the commission the authority to adopt rules for the administration of its powers and duties; §419.032 which allows the commission to appoint fire protection personnel.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2017.

TRD-201702912

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: August 23, 2017

Proposal publication date: May 26, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3812


SUBCHAPTER B. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR FIRE INVESTIGATOR CERTIFICATION

37 TAC §§431.201, 431.203, 431.207

The amendments are adopted under Texas Government Code, Chapter 419, §419.008, which provides the commission the authority to adopt rules for the administration of its powers and duties; §419.032 which allows the commission to appoint fire protection personnel.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2017.

TRD-201702913

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: August 23, 2017

Proposal publication date: May 26, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3812


CHAPTER 443. CERTIFICATION CURRICULUM MANUAL

37 TAC §§443.1, 443.3, 443.5, 443.7, 443.9

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (the commission) adopts amendments to Chapter 443, Certification Curriculum Manual, concerning, §443.1, Curriculum Approval by the Fire Fighter Advisory Committee, §443.3, Curriculum Approval by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, §443.5, Effective Date of New Curricula or Changes to Curricula Required by Law or Rule, §443.7, Effective Date of New Curricula or Changes or Revisions to Existing Curricula Which Are Voluntary, and §443.9, National Fire Protection Association Standard. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the May 26, 2017, Texas Register, (42 TexReg 2806) and will not be republished.

The amendments are adopted to reflect new procedures for curricula development for the commission's voluntary certifications.

The adopted amendments will allow training facilities to be able to design curricula more closely suited to local needs, thus expediting the training and credentialing of personnel charged with protecting the public.

No comments were received from the public regarding adoption of the amendments.

The amendments are adopted under Texas Government Code, Chapter 419, §419.008, which provides the commission the authority to adopt rules for the administration of its powers and duties; §419.032 which allows the commission to appoint fire protection personnel.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2017.

TRD-201702914

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: August 23, 2017

Proposal publication date: May 26, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3812


CHAPTER 453. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (the commission) adopts amendments to Chapter 453, Hazardous Materials concerning, Subchapter A, Minimum Standards for Hazardous Materials Technician, §453.3, Minimum Standards for Hazardous Materials Technician Certification, §453.5, Examination Requirements, and §453.7, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal, Subchapter B, Minimum Standards For Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, §453.203, Minimum Standards for Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and §453.205, Examination Requirements. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the May 26, 2017, Texas Register (42 TexReg 2808) and will not be republished.

The amendments are adopted to reflect new procedures for curricula development for the commission's voluntary certifications.

The adopted amendments will allow training facilities to be able to design curricula more closely suited to local needs, thus expediting the training and credentialing of personnel charged with protecting the public.

No comments were received from the public regarding adoption of the amendments.

SUBCHAPTER A. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TECHNICIAN

37 TAC §§453.3, 453.5, 453.7

The amendments are adopted under Texas Government Code, Chapter 419, §419.008, which provides the commission the authority to adopt rules for the administration of its powers and duties; §419.032 which allows the commission to appoint fire protection personnel.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2017.

TRD-201702915

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: August 23, 2017

Proposal publication date: May 26, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3812


SUBCHAPTER B. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT COMMANDER

37 TAC §453.203, §453.205

The amendments are adopted under Texas Government Code, Chapter 419, §419.008, which provides the commission the authority to adopt rules for the administration of its powers and duties; §419.032 which allows the commission to appoint fire protection personnel.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2017.

TRD-201702916

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: August 23, 2017

Proposal publication date: May 26, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3812


CHAPTER 455. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR WILDLAND FIRE PROTECTION CERTIFICATION

37 TAC §455.3

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (the commission) adopts amendments to Chapter 455, Minimum Standards for Wildland Fire Protection Certification, concerning, §455.3, Minimum Standards for Basic Wildland Fire Protection Certification. The amendments are adopted with changes to the proposed text as published in the May 26, 2017, Texas Register, (42 TexReg 2809).

The amendments are adopted to reflect new procedures for curricula development for the commission's voluntary certifications.

The adopted amendments will allow training facilities to be able to design curricula more closely suited to local needs, thus expediting the training and credentialing of personnel charged with protecting the public.

No comments were received from the public regarding adoption of the amendments.

The amendments are adopted under Texas Government Code, Chapter 419, §419.008, which provides the commission the authority to adopt rules for the administration of its powers and duties; §419.032 which allows the commission to appoint fire protection personnel.

§455.3Minimum Standards for Basic Wildland Fire Protection Certification.

In order to be certified as Basic Wildland Fire Protection personnel, an individual must:

(1) possess valid documentation of accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress as Wildland Fire Fighter Level I; or

(2) complete a commission approved Basic Wildland Fire Protection program and successfully pass the commission examination as specified in Chapter 439 of this title (relating to Examinations for Certification). An approved Basic Wildland Fire Protection training program shall consist of one of the following:

(A) completion of the commission approved Basic Wildland Fire Fighter training program, as specified in the applicable chapter of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

(B) completion of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses:

(i) S-130: Firefighter Training;

(ii) S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior;

(iii) L-180: Human Factors on the Fireline; and

(iv) I-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, or an equivalent basic incident command system course such as NIMS IS-100.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2017.

TRD-201702917

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: August 23, 2017

Proposal publication date: May 26, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3812