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Personnel   Chapter 12
Objectives <ul><li>Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the benefits of staffin...
Objectives (cont’d.) <ul><li>Discuss the value of national certification for fire prevention bureau staff </li></ul><ul><l...
Objectives (cont’d.) <ul><li>Define the term  job performance requirement  and discuss the impact of job performance requi...
Personnel <ul><li>Essential to select and nurture the best people for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Fire prevention bureaus of...
Uniformed Firefighters <ul><li>Distinct advantage of using personnel with a demonstrated fire service background and a kno...
FIGURE 12-2 Retired firefighters make excellent civilian inspectors due to their in-depth knowledge of fire prevention and...
Light-Duty Assignments <ul><li>Firefighting: rigorous, dangerous, and physically/mentally demanding job </li></ul><ul><li>...
Civilian Employees <ul><li>Bureaus gained the stability of long-term employees and expertise of engineers </li></ul><ul><l...
Training and Certification <ul><li>Many duties require job-specific training and, in many cases, certification </li></ul><...
FIGURE 12-3 Training and job-related skills for fire investigators can be quite different from those for firefighters. ( C...
Standards for Professional Qualifications <ul><li>NFPA 1031:  Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector ...
Standards for Professional Qualifications (cont’d.) <ul><li>JPRs: statement in a certification standard </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Certification <ul><li>For fire prevention personnel: mandated by some states but is always desirable </li></ul><ul><li>Par...
Certification and Accreditation <ul><li>Certification: approval by an accredited agency that an individual meets the requi...
Certifying Organizations <ul><li>State fire service training agencies, government fire service training agencies, model co...
Certifying Organizations (cont’d.) <ul><li>National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) </li><...
Personnel Retention and Advancement <ul><li>Nothing more important for a fire prevention program than its men/women </li><...
Summary <ul><li>Traditionally run by uniformed staff </li></ul><ul><li>Many bureaus establish civilian positions </li></ul...
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Chapter 12

  1. 1. Personnel Chapter 12
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the benefits of staffing fire prevention bureaus with uniformed firefighters, civilian personnel, and a combination of both </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives (cont’d.) <ul><li>Discuss the value of national certification for fire prevention bureau staff </li></ul><ul><li>Name the National Fire Protection Association professional qualifications standards for fire prevention bureau personnel </li></ul>
  4. 4. Objectives (cont’d.) <ul><li>Define the term job performance requirement and discuss the impact of job performance requirements on certification </li></ul><ul><li>Define and contrast accreditation and certification as they apply to fire prevention bureau personnel </li></ul>
  5. 5. Personnel <ul><li>Essential to select and nurture the best people for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Fire prevention bureaus often made up of a combination of employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uniformed: trained firefighters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civilian: specialists with specific skills, education, or training </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Uniformed Firefighters <ul><li>Distinct advantage of using personnel with a demonstrated fire service background and a known record of work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive training: promoted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chief officers have experience in dealing with the public, business community, criminal justice system </li></ul>
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Light-Duty Assignments <ul><li>Firefighting: rigorous, dangerous, and physically/mentally demanding job </li></ul><ul><li>Must be ensured that the candidate can perform the necessary tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Inspectors literally walk miles every day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Much of it up and down stairs or ladders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fire investigators work in fire scenes under the worst possible conditions </li></ul>
  9. 9. Civilian Employees <ul><li>Bureaus gained the stability of long-term employees and expertise of engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantage: reduced opportunities for firefighters to gain experience in the bureau </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interaction with business and political leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standard procedures should require inspectors to present their ID </li></ul>
  10. 10. Training and Certification <ul><li>Many duties require job-specific training and, in many cases, certification </li></ul><ul><li>Most skills required not received as part of firefighters’ standard training </li></ul><ul><li>Many states mandate initial and refresher training and certification through testing </li></ul><ul><li>National certification programs proven of real benefit </li></ul>
  11. 11. FIGURE 12-3 Training and job-related skills for fire investigators can be quite different from those for firefighters. ( Courtesy of Duane Perry )
  12. 12. Standards for Professional Qualifications <ul><li>NFPA 1031: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner </li></ul><ul><li>NFPA 1033: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator </li></ul><ul><li>NFPA 1035: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator </li></ul>
  13. 13. Standards for Professional Qualifications (cont’d.) <ul><li>JPRs: statement in a certification standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Describes a specific job task </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lists the items necessary to complete the task </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines measurable/observable outcomes and evaluation areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three levels for fire inspector: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Inspector I (entry-level personnel), Fire Inspector II (journeyman), Fire Inspector III </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Certification <ul><li>For fire prevention personnel: mandated by some states but is always desirable </li></ul><ul><li>Particularly important for individuals who are called on to testify in legal proceedings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opinions to assist juries in understanding complicated and technical subjects </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Certification and Accreditation <ul><li>Certification: approval by an accredited agency that an individual meets the requirements of a standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accompanied by the issuance of a certificate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accreditation: act of assessing the fitness of an organization to test/certify individuals in accordance with a standard </li></ul>
  16. 16. Certifying Organizations <ul><li>State fire service training agencies, government fire service training agencies, model code organizations, and academic institutions </li></ul><ul><li>International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certifications for fire investigators </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Certifying Organizations (cont’d.) <ul><li>National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification in various fire protection fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sprinkler system layout, inspection and testing of water-based fire protection systems, and fire alarm systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>International Code Council (ICC) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification for fire inspectors and plans examiners and other code-based certifications </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Personnel Retention and Advancement <ul><li>Nothing more important for a fire prevention program than its men/women </li></ul><ul><li>Well-trained and confident employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Great asset to a fire prevention program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Retention of the best and brightest: challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Civilian personnel: significant issue </li></ul>
  19. 19. Summary <ul><li>Traditionally run by uniformed staff </li></ul><ul><li>Many bureaus establish civilian positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plans examiners, fire inspectors/investigators, and fire safety educators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables hiring individuals with specific skills, education, and training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training and certification: of critical importance to effectiveness of programs </li></ul>

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