Commissioners and Committee Members
The policymaking body of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection is a 13-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commissioners adopt policies in accordance with Chapter 419 of the Government Code. Upon adoption by the commission, these policies become state administrative laws collected under Title 37, Part 13, of the Texas Administrative Code.
The fire fighter advisory committee has nine members, including six active or retired fire protection personnel and three certified fire protection instructors. At least one member of the committee must be a volunteer fire fighter or fire chief. The committee is responsible for reviewing and commenting on the administrative rules that govern the state's fire service. (The Government Code states that the commission cannot adopt a new rule until the fire fighter advisory committee has had an opportunity to review it.)
A second advisory committee, the curriculum and testing committee, was created by the commission to assist in the creation and upkeep of the certification curriculum.
The commission often creates "ad-hoc" advisory committees to assist with creating and updating curricula, validating test questions, and other related matters. Members of the Texas fire service serve voluntarily on these committees; their willingness to serve is a great tribute to the professional and dedication of the Texas fire service. The agency posts notices on its home page and Facebook page when the commission is seeking volunteers for these committees.