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Chapter 12

Chapter 12






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    • Personnel Chapter 12
    • Objectives
      • Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:
      • Discuss the benefits of staffing fire prevention bureaus with uniformed firefighters, civilian personnel, and a combination of both
    • Objectives (cont’d.)
      • Discuss the value of national certification for fire prevention bureau staff
      • Name the National Fire Protection Association professional qualifications standards for fire prevention bureau personnel
    • Objectives (cont’d.)
      • Define the term job performance requirement and discuss the impact of job performance requirements on certification
      • Define and contrast accreditation and certification as they apply to fire prevention bureau personnel
    • Personnel
      • Essential to select and nurture the best people for the job
      • Fire prevention bureaus often made up of a combination of employees
        • Uniformed: trained firefighters
        • Civilian: specialists with specific skills, education, or training
    • Uniformed Firefighters
      • Distinct advantage of using personnel with a demonstrated fire service background and a known record of work experience
      • Disadvantage
        • Extensive training: promoted
      • Chief officers have experience in dealing with the public, business community, criminal justice system
    • FIGURE 12-2 Retired firefighters make excellent civilian inspectors due to their in-depth knowledge of fire prevention and protection and years of street experience
    • Light-Duty Assignments
      • Firefighting: rigorous, dangerous, and physically/mentally demanding job
      • Must be ensured that the candidate can perform the necessary tasks
      • Inspectors literally walk miles every day
        • Much of it up and down stairs or ladders
      • Fire investigators work in fire scenes under the worst possible conditions
    • Civilian Employees
      • Bureaus gained the stability of long-term employees and expertise of engineers
      • Disadvantage: reduced opportunities for firefighters to gain experience in the bureau
        • Interaction with business and political leaders
      • Standard procedures should require inspectors to present their ID
    • Training and Certification
      • Many duties require job-specific training and, in many cases, certification
      • Most skills required not received as part of firefighters’ standard training
      • Many states mandate initial and refresher training and certification through testing
      • National certification programs proven of real benefit
    • FIGURE 12-3 Training and job-related skills for fire investigators can be quite different from those for firefighters. ( Courtesy of Duane Perry )
    • Standards for Professional Qualifications
      • NFPA 1031: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner
      • NFPA 1033: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator
      • NFPA 1035: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator
    • Standards for Professional Qualifications (cont’d.)
      • JPRs: statement in a certification standard
        • Describes a specific job task
        • Lists the items necessary to complete the task
        • Defines measurable/observable outcomes and evaluation areas
      • Three levels for fire inspector:
        • Fire Inspector I (entry-level personnel), Fire Inspector II (journeyman), Fire Inspector III
    • Certification
      • For fire prevention personnel: mandated by some states but is always desirable
      • Particularly important for individuals who are called on to testify in legal proceedings
        • Opinions to assist juries in understanding complicated and technical subjects
    • Certification and Accreditation
      • Certification: approval by an accredited agency that an individual meets the requirements of a standard
        • Accompanied by the issuance of a certificate
      • Accreditation: act of assessing the fitness of an organization to test/certify individuals in accordance with a standard
    • Certifying Organizations
      • State fire service training agencies, government fire service training agencies, model code organizations, and academic institutions
      • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
        • Certifications for fire investigators
    • Certifying Organizations (cont’d.)
      • National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)
        • Certification in various fire protection fields
          • Sprinkler system layout, inspection and testing of water-based fire protection systems, and fire alarm systems
      • International Code Council (ICC)
        • Certification for fire inspectors and plans examiners and other code-based certifications
    • Personnel Retention and Advancement
      • Nothing more important for a fire prevention program than its men/women
      • Well-trained and confident employees
        • Great asset to a fire prevention program
      • Retention of the best and brightest: challenge
      • Civilian personnel: significant issue
    • Summary
      • Traditionally run by uniformed staff
      • Many bureaus establish civilian positions
        • Plans examiners, fire inspectors/investigators, and fire safety educators
        • Enables hiring individuals with specific skills, education, and training
      • Training and certification: of critical importance to effectiveness of programs