TITLE 37. PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS

PART 13. TEXAS COMMISSION ON FIRE PROTECTION

CHAPTER 451. FIRE OFFICER

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (the commission) adopts amendments to Chapter 451, Fire Officer, concerning, Subchapter C, Minimum Standards For Fire Officer III, §451.303, Minimum Standards for Fire Officer III Certification, §451.307, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal; and Subchapter D, Minimum Standards For Fire Officer IV, concerning §451.403, Minimum Standards for Fire Officer IV Certification, and §451.407, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the December 8, 2017, Texas Register (42 TexReg 6902) and will not be republished.

The amendments are adopted to revise the qualifications for Fire Officer III certification and deletion of obsolete language for both Fire Officer III and Fire Officer IV.

The adopted amendments expand the opportunity for qualification for Fire Officer III certification where the current rule has created an unintended consequence allowing individuals to qualify for Fire Officer IV but not Fire Officer III.

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

SUBCHAPTER C. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR FIRE OFFICER III

37 TAC §451.303, §451.307

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 and §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 January 29, 2018.

TRD-201800372

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: February 18, 2018

Proposal publication date: December 8, 2017

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


SUBCHAPTER D. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR FIRE OFFICER IV

37 TAC §451.403, §451.407

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 and §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 January 29, 2018.

TRD-201800373

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: February 18, 2018

Proposal publication date: December 8, 2017

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


CHAPTER 459. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

37 TAC §§459.1, 459.3, 459.5

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (the commission) adopts new Chapter 459, concerning Minimum Standards for Fire and Life Safety Educator Certification, §459.1, Fire and Life Safety Educator I Certification, §459.3, Minimum Standards for Fire and Life Safety Educator I Certification, and §459.5, Examination Requirement. The new rules are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the December 8, 2017, Texas Register (42 TexReg 6905) and will not be republished.

The adoption of the new chapter offers a new voluntary certification that has been requested by the Texas fire service for several years.

The adopted new chapter will assure that certified fire and life safety educators across the state will meet the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA) 1035.

No comments were received from the public regarding adoption of the new chapter.

The new chapter is 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 and §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 January 29, 2018.

TRD-201800374

Tim Rutland

Executive Director

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Effective date: February 18, 2018

Proposal publication date: December 8, 2017

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