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Section 29.369

FIREFIGHTERS TRAINING COUNCIL ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 291 of 1966


29.369 Preparation and publication of standards; statement designating training officer or training coordinator; training videotape, disc, or video display; fee; examination; waiver; "armed forces" defined; review and monitoring of state and federal standards; recommendations.

Sec. 9.

(1) The state fire marshal, with the approval of the council, shall prepare and publish standards with due consideration to varying factors and special requirements of organized fire departments in the following areas:

(a) Advisory standards of physical, educational, mental and moral fitness, which shall govern the recruitment, selection, and appointment of firefighters.

(b) The approval by the council of firefighter training schools. The standards shall address, at least, the following issues:

(i) The qualification and certification of instructors.

(ii) The courses of study, attendance, record-keeping requirements, equipment, and facilities.

(iii) The visitation and evaluation of instructors and schools.

(c) The establishment of subordinate regional training centers in strategic geographic locations in order to serve the greatest number of organized fire departments that are unable to support their own training programs.

(2) Each organized fire department shall file a statement with the council designating at least 1 training officer or training coordinator for the fire department. If a training officer or training coordinator is changed, the organized fire department, within 7 days of the change, shall file a statement notifying the council of the change.

(3) The council shall develop and provide to each organized fire department, upon request of the organized fire department and at no charge, a videotape, digital video disc, or other electronic form of video display to be used in training firefighters. The videotape, digital video disc, or other electronic form of video display shall not include training that requires a practical demonstration. The videotape, digital video disc, or other electronic form of video display shall be based on the standards for fire fighter I and fire fighter II set forth in "standard for fire fighter professional qualifications", national fire protection association standard no. 1001. The council may impose a reasonable fee for loss, damage, or late return of a videotape, digital video disc, or other electronic form of video display provided to an organized fire department under this subsection.

(4) The state fire marshal, with the approval of the council, shall develop and administer an examination, which shall include a practical demonstration, a written or oral test, or a combination thereof, to determine a person's competency in regard to the knowledge and skill requirements set forth in standards for fire fighter I and fire fighter II set forth in "standard for fire fighter professional qualifications", national fire protection association standard no. 1001. The council, upon the request of an organized fire department, shall administer the examination in each county at least once every year. The examination shall be administered in 2 parts. Part 1 shall test the knowledge and skill requirements set forth in fire fighter I, and part 2 shall test the knowledge and skill requirements set forth in fire fighter II. The examination may be retaken, as necessary, upon request from an organized fire department.

(5) Except as provided in subsection (7), by 12 months after a person's hiring date as a full-time firefighter, the person must pass both part 1 and part 2 of the examination to be eligible for continued or permanent full-time employment as a firefighter.

(6) Except as provided in subsection (7), by 24 months after a person's appointment date as a volunteer or paid on-call firefighter, a person must pass part 1 of the examination to be eligible for continued volunteer or paid on-call service as a firefighter.

(7) The examination described in this section does not apply to a person who is employed or under appointment as a firefighter on October 1, 1988, unless the person subsequently changes his or her status from a volunteer or paid on-call firefighter to a full-time firefighter. The state fire marshal may waive the examination requirements in this section for a veteran who served in and is separated from the armed forces and provides a form DD214 or DD215 or any other form that is satisfactory to the department that demonstrates that he or she was separated from service with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service, upon verification that the veteran completed firefighter training that meets the standards for fire fighter I and fire fighter II set forth in "standard for fire fighter professional qualifications", national fire protection association standard no. 1001, while serving in the armed forces of the United States. As used in this subsection, "armed forces" means that term as defined in section 2 of the veteran right to employment services act, 1994 PA 39, MCL 35.1092.

(8) The state fire marshal, with the approval of the council, shall review and monitor the state and federal standards relating to live fire training exercises in structures and make recommendations to the general industry safety standards commission for any new or modified standards necessary for the protection of firefighter trainees.


History: 1966, Act 291, Eff. Jan. 1, 1968 ;-- Am. 1987, Act 196, Eff. Oct. 1, 1988 ;-- Am. 1988, Act 458, Eff. Mar. 30, 1989 ;-- Am. 2006, Act 213, Imd. Eff. June 19, 2006 ;-- Am. 2013, Act 166, Eff. Feb. 11, 2014
Compiler's Notes: For transfer of powers and duties of fire fighters training council from department of state police to department of labor and economic growth by Type I transfer, see E.R.O. No. 2003-1, compiled at MCL 445.2011.For transfer of powers and duties of department of state police, and its director, from the department of state police to department of labor and economic growth by Type II transfer, see E.R.O. No. 2003-1, compiled at MCL 445.2011.


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