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April 25, 2013 commission meeting agenda

April 25, 2013, 10:00 a.m., William B. Travis Bldg., 1701 N. Congress Avenue, Room 1-104, Austin, Texas 78701.

The following is a tentative agenda. This agenda may be amended at the request of the executive director or a commissioner prior to the meeting to the extent allowed by the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act and the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services, such as interpreters for persons who are hearing impaired, readers, large print or Braille, are requested to contact the agency at (512) 936-3838 two days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  1. Roll call - 10:00 a.m. (including consideration of whether to excuse absences) and introduction of new commissioner.
  2. Adoption of January 24, 2013 commission meeting minutes.
  3. Discussion and possible action on election of new commission officers.
  4. The Budget and Strategic Plan subcommittees will meet on April 25, 2013 during the commission meeting and may develop recommendations to be presented to the full commission including but not limited to, modifications to the agency operating budget and strategic plan. The subcommittees may meet separately or together.
  5. Report from the Budget and Strategic Plan subcommittees with discussion and possible action relating to any recommendations developed by these subcommittees and the appointment of a new chairman on the Strategic Plan subcommittee.
  6. Reports from fire service interest groups and agencies on matters relating to organizational purposes, functions, and objectives, including, but not limited to, the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas, the Texas Association of Fire Educators, the Texas Forest Service, the National Fire Protection Association, Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts, and the State Fire Marshal's Office.
  7. Discussion and possible action concerning reports by the Commission representative to the Texas Fire School Advisory Board and by representatives of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) regarding fire protection training provided by TEEX through its Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI).
  8. Discussion and possible action regarding the appointment of a new commission representative to serve on the Texas Fire School Advisory Board.
  9. New matters from the commission, staff, or public which may be discussed in future commission meetings.
  10. Discussion and possible action on future meeting dates.
  11. Matters referred from the Fire Fighter Advisory Committee (FFAC), including, but not limited to:
    1. Discussion and possible final adoption on proposed amendments, new sections, repeals and rule reviews as follows:
      1. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 425, Fire Service Instructors, including but not limited to, §425.1, Minimum Standards for Fire Service Instructor Certification, §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, §425.9, Minimum Standards for Master Fire Service Instructor III, Certification, and §425.11, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress Seal.
      2. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 435, Fire Fighter Safety, including but not limited to, §435.1, Protective Clothing, §435.3, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, §435.5, Commission Recommendations, §435.7, Fire Department Staffing Studies, §435.9, Personal Alert Safety System (PASS), §435.11, Incident Management System (IMS), §435.13, Personnel Accountability System, §435.15, Operating At Emergency Incidents, §435.17, Procedures for Interior Structural Fire Fighting (2-In/2-Out Rule), §435.19, Enforcement of Commission Rules, §435.21, Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative, §435.23, Fire Fighter Injuries, §435.25, Courage to be Safe So Everyone Goes Home Program, and §435.27, Live Fire Training Structure Evolutions.
    2. Discussion and possible action on proposed amendments, new sections, repeals, and rule reviews as follows:
      1. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 421, Standards For Certification, including but not limited to, §421.1, Procedures for Meetings, §421.3, Minimum Standards Set by the Commission, §421.5, Definitions, §421.9, Designation of Fire Protection Duties, §421.11, Requirement to be Certified Within One Year, §421.13, Individual Certificate Holders, §421.15, Extension of Training Period, and §421.17, Requirement to Maintain Certification.
      2. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 427, Training Facility Certification, including but not limited to, Subchapter C, Training Programs for On-Site and Distance Training Providers, §427.301, General Provisions for Training Programs - On-Site and Distance Training Providers, §427.303, Training Approval Process for On-Site and Distance Training Providers, §427.305, Procedures for Testing Conducted by On-Site and Distance Training Providers, and §427.307, Onsite and Distance Training Provider Staff Requirements.
      3. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 437, Fees, including but not limited to, §437.1, Purpose and Scope, §437.3, Certification Fees, §437.5, Renewal Fees, §437.7, Standards Manual and Certification Curriculum Manual Fees, §437.11, Copying Fees, §437.13, Processing Fees for Test Application, §437.15, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal Fees, and §437.17, Records Review Fees.
      4. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 439, Examinations for Certification, including but not limited to, Subchapter A, Examinations for On-Site Delivery Training, §439.1, Requirements - General, §439.3, Definitions, §439.5, Procedures, §439.7, Eligibility, §439.9, Grading, §439.11, Commission-Designated Performance Skill Evaluations, §439.13, Special Accommodations for Testing, and §439.19, Number of Test Questions.
      5. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 449, Head of a Fire Department, §449.1, Minimum Standards for the Head of a Fire Department, §449.3, Minimum Standards for Certification as Head of a Suppression Fire Department, and §449.5, Minimum Standards for Certification as Head of a Prevention Only Department.
      6. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 455, Minimum Standards for Wildland Fire Protection Certification, including but not limited to, §455.1, Minimum Standards for Wildland Fire Protection Personnel, §455.3, Minimum Standards for Basic Wildland Fire Protection Certification, §455.5, Minimum Standards for Intermediate Wildland Fire Protection Certification, and §455.7, Examination Requirements.
      7. Proposed amendments to Title 37 TAC, Chapter 457, Minimum Standards for Incident Safety Officer Certification, including but not limited to, §457.1, Incident Safety Officer Certification, §457.3, Minimum Standards for Incident Safety Officer Certification, and §457.5, Examination Requirements.
    3. Report from the Curriculum and Testing Committee with discussion and possible action on the appointment of Martin Davila, San Antonio College and Daryl Maretka, Wharton County Jr. College to the committee.
  12. Discussion and possible action on appointment of a new member to the Fire Fighter Advisory Committee.
  13. Discussion and possible action on the appointment of an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations to the Head of a Fire Department Certification Curriculum.
  14. Discussion and possible action on proposed recommendations on fire fighter injury data collected for 2012 for inclusion in the annual report to be sent to the State Fire Marshal's Office.
  15. Discussion and possible action on matters from the Executive Director.
    1. Report on decisions of the Executive Director in contested cases and consent orders.
    2. Status of division functions.
    3. Legislative update.
  16. Executive session pursuant to Section 551.074, Texas Government Code for the discussion of personnel matters: the appointment, employment, compensation, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of the Executive Director, and the appointment, employment, reassignment, or duties of personnel acting on an Interim basis in this position.
  17. Open session for further discussion and possible action regarding preceding agenda item.
  18. Adjourn meeting.

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection may go into executive session on any agenda item if authorized by the Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 551.

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