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October 26, 2017 commission meeting agenda

October 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. 1701 N. Congress Ave., William B. Travis Building, 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.

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  1. Call to order with presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.
  2. Roll call - 10:00 a.m. (including consideration of whether to excuse absences).
  3. Adoption of the commission meeting minutes of July 12, 2017 and July 13, 2017.
  4. The Budget and Strategic Plan subcommittees may meet separately or together on October 26, 2017 during the commission meeting and provide reports for discussion and possible action relating to any recommendations developed by the subcommittees, including but not limited to, modifications to the agency operating budget and strategic plan.
  5. 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 Fire Marshal's Association, the Texas Association of Fire Educators, the Texas A&M Forest Service, the National Fire Protection Association, Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts, the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and the State Fire Marshal's Office.
  6. 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).
  7. Discussion and possible action regarding report from commission representative to the Homeland Security Council.
  8. New matters from the commission, staff, or public which may be discussed in future commission meetings.
  9. Discussion and possible action on future meeting dates.
  10. Discussion and possible action regarding the appointment of a committee to evaluate the commission's current injury reporting program.
  11. Discussion and possible action regarding the Fire Fighter Advisory Committee including but not limited to statutory functions, conditions for membership, responsibilities, terms of service, and possible term limits.
  12. Matters referred from the Fire Fighter Advisory Committee (FFAC), including, but not limited to:
    1. Discussion and possible final adoption of proposed amendments, new sections, and repeals as follows:
      1. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed amendments to title 37 TAC Chapter 423, Fire Suppression.
      2. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed amendments to title 37 TAC Chapter 433, Driver/Operator.
  13. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed amendments to title 37 TAC Chapter 451, Fire Officer.
  14. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed amendments to new 37 TAC Chapter 459, Minimum Standards for Fire and Life Safety Educator Certification.
  15. Discussion and possible action regarding 37 TAC Chapter 437, Fees, including but not limited to testing, certification and renewal fees charged by the commission.
  16. Discussion and possible action regarding the addition of classes or courses to the A List and B List for higher levels of certification.
  17. Discussion and possible action on request from Fire Chief Danny Kistner, McKinney Fire Department regarding firefighter medical physicals and residential fire inspector certification.
  18. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed amendments to 37 TAC Chapter 429, Minimum Standards for Fire Inspector Certification.
  19. Discussion and possible action on matters from the Executive Director.
    1. Decisions of the Executive Director in contested cases and consent orders.
    2. Status of division functions.
  20. Invocations before Commission meetings and considering and possibly adopting an invocation policy. The commission may go into executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(2), for consultation with attorney in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter.
  21. Open session for further discussion and possible action regarding preceding agenda item.
  22. Executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.074(1), for the discussion of personnel matters regarding 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.
  23. Open session for further discussion and possible action regarding preceding agenda item.
  24. 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.

Upcoming events

Fire fighter advisory committee meeting
December 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Room 1-104

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Notebook (PDF)

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