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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING

 

DIVISION 9

FIRE SERVICE PROFESSIONALS

259-009-0000

Policies and Objectives

(1) The policies of the Board and Department in response to ORS 181.630 are:

(a) The Board and Department exist to develop talented individuals into public safety providers who are:

(A) Culturally competent;

(B) Ethically, physically and emotionally fit; and

(C) Well trained, highly skilled and responsive to the needs of their communities.

(b) The Board and Department will promote the safety, efficiency, effectiveness, self-sufficiency and competence of fire service professionals.

(c) The Board and Department will support collaboration among fire service organizations and the related organizations with whom they work and the interests of the communities they serve.

(d) The Board and Department will consult with and inform each other fully on matters of fire standards, training and certification.

(e) The Board must adopt or approve all policies, standards and minimum requirements for public safety certifications and training.

(f) The Department must administer operations and procedures and implement or apply the policies and standards of the Board.

(g) The Department is and remains a full department of the state.

(2) The objectives of the Board and Department are:

(a) To improve public safety services in Oregon by raising the level of competence of fire service professionals.

(A) By establishing minimum standards for the training and certification of fire professionals.

(B) By providing, sponsoring, certifying or coordinating fire training courses.

(b) To conduct, facilitate, and promote studies and research designed to improve fire service within the state, and to assist in the implementation of Board recommendations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.630 & 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.630 & 181.640
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0005

Definitions

(1) “Advanced Wildland Interface Fire Fighter (FFT1)” means a person who is an entry level supervisory position with the knowledge and skills to tactically supervise other fire line firefighters.

(2) "Agency Head" means the chief officer of a fire service agency directly responsible for the administration of that unit.

(3) "Authority having jurisdiction" means the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

(4) "Board" means the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training.

(5) "Chief Officer" means an individual of an emergency fire agency at a higher level of responsibility than a company officer. A chief officer supervises two or more fire companies in operations or manages and supervises a particular fire service agency program such as training, communications, logistics, prevention, emergency medical services provisions and other staff related duties.

(6) "Community College" means a public institution operated by a community college district for the purpose of providing courses of study limited to not more than two years full-time attendance and designed to meet the needs of a geographical area by providing educational services, including but not limited to vocational or technical education programs or lower division collegiate programs.

(7) "Company Officer" means a fire officer who supervises a company of fire fighters assigned to an emergency response apparatus.

(8) “Content Expert” means a person who documents their experience, knowledge, training and education for the purposes of course instruction.

(9) "Content Level Course" is a course that includes an identifiable block of learning objectives or outcomes that are required for certification at one or more levels.

(10) "Department" means the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

(11) "Director" means the Director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

(12) "Field Training Officer" means an individual who is authorized by a fire service agency or by the Department to sign as verifying completion of tasks required by task books.

(13) "Fire Company" means a group of fire fighters, usually three or more, who staff and provide the essential emergency duties of a particular emergency response apparatus.

(14) "Fire Fighter" is a term used to describe an individual who renders a variety of emergency response duties primarily to save lives and protect property. This applies to career and volunteer personnel.

(15) “Fire Fighter I” means a person at the first level of progression who has demonstrated the knowledge and skills to function as an integral member of a fire-fighting team under direct supervision in hazardous conditions.

(16) “Fire Fighter II” means a person at the second level of progression who has demonstrated the skills and depth of knowledge to function under general supervision.

(17) "Fire Ground Leader" means a Fire Service Professional who is qualified to lead emergency scene operations."

(18) "Fire Inspector" means an individual whose primary function is the inspection of facilities in accordance with the specific jurisdictional fire codes and standards.

(19) "Fire Service Agency" means any unit of state or local government, a special purpose district or a private firm which provides, or has authority to provide, fire protection services.

(20) "Fire Service Professional" means a paid (career) or volunteer fire fighter, an officer or a member of a public or private fire protection agency who is engaged primarily in fire investigation, fire prevention, fire safety, fire control or fire suppression or providing emergency medical services, light and heavy rescue services, search and rescue services or hazardous materials incident response. "Fire service professional" does not include forest fire protection agency personnel.

(21) "Fire Training Officer" means a fire service member assigned the responsibility for administering, providing, and managing or supervising a fire service agency training program.

(22) “First Responder” means an “NFPA Operations Level Responder.”

(23) "NFPA" stands for National Fire Protection Association which is a body of individuals representing a wide variety of professions, including fire protection, who develop consensus standards and codes for fire safety by design and fire protection agencies.

(24) “NFPA Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Apparatus” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the requirements of Fire Fighter II as specified in NFPA 1001, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator as specified in NFPA 1002 Chapter 4, NFPA Airport Fire Fighter as specified in NFPA 1003 and the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1002 Sections 9.1 and 9.2.

(25) "NFPA Airport Firefighter" means a member of a Fire Service Agency who has met job performance requirements of NFPA Standard 1003.

(26) “NFPA Apparatus Equipped with an Aerial Device” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the requirements of Fire Fighter I as specified in NFPA 1001, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator as specified in NFPA 1002 Chapter 4 and the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1002 Sections 6.1 and 6.2.

(27) “NFPA Apparatus Equipped with a Tiller” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the requirements of Fire Fighter I as specified in NFPA 1001, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator as specified in NFPA 1002 Chapter 4, Apparatus Equipped with an Aerial Device as specified in NFPA 1002 Chapter 6 and the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1002 Sections 7.2.

(28) “NFPA Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the requirements of Fire Fighter I as specified in NFPA 1001, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator as specified in NFPA 1002 Chapter 4 and the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1002 Sections 5.1 and 5.2.

(29) “NFPA Cargo Tank Specialty” means a person who provides technical support pertaining to cargo tank cars, provides oversight for product removal and movement of damaged cargo tanks, and acts as liaison between technicians and outside resources.

(30) “NFPA Confined Space Rescue” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 7 sections 7.1 and 7.2.

(31) “NFPA Dive Rescue” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 11 sections 11.1 and 11.2, and Chapter 13 sections 13.1 and 13.2.

(32) “NFPA Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1002, Chapter 4 sections 4.2 and 4.3.

(33) "NFPA Fire Fighter I" means a member of a fire service agency who has met the Level I job performance requirements of NFPA standard 1001 (sometimes referred to as a journeyman fire fighter).

(34) "NFPA Fire Fighter II" means a member of a fire service agency who met the more stringent Level II job performance requirements of NFPA Standard 1001 (sometimes referred to as a senior fire fighter).

(35) "NFPA Fire Inspector I" means an individual who conducts basic fire code inspections and has met the Level I job performance requirements of NFPA Standard 1031.

(36) "NFPA Fire Inspector II" means an individual who conducts complicated fire code inspections, reviews plans for code requirements, and recommends modifications to codes and standards. This individual has met the Level II job performance requirements of NFPA standard 1031.

(37) “NFPA Fire Inspector III” means an individual at the third and most advanced level of progression who has met the job performance requirements specified in this standard for Level III. The Fire Inspector III performs all types of fire inspections, plans review duties, and resolves complex code-related issues.

(38) “NFPA Fire Instructor I” means a fire service instructor who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to deliver instruction effectively from a prepared lesson plan, including instructional aids and evaluation instruments; adapts lesson plans to the unique requirements of the students and the authority having jurisdiction; organizes the learning environment so that learning is maximized; and meets the record-keeping requirements of the authority having jurisdiction.

(39) “NFPA Fire Instructor II” means a fire service instructor who, in addition to meeting NFPA Fire Instructor I qualifications, has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to develop individual lesson plans for specific topics, including learning objectives, instructional aids, and evaluation instruments; schedules training sessions based on an overall training plan for the authority having jurisdiction; and supervises and coordinates the activities of other instructors.

(40) “NFPA Fire Instructor III” means a fire service instructor who, in addition to meeting NFPA Fire Instructor II qualifications, has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to develop comprehensive training curricula and programs for use by single or multiple organizations; conducts organization needs analysis; and develops training goals and implementation strategies.

(41) "NFPA Fire Investigator" means an individual who conducts post fire investigations to determine the cause and the point of origin of a fire. This individual has met the job performance requirements of NFPA Standard 1033.

(42) "NFPA Fire Officer I" means a fire officer, at the supervisory level, who has met the job performance requirements specified in NFPA 1021 Standard Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (company officer rank).

(43) "NFPA Fire Officer II" means the fire officer, at the supervisory/managerial level, who has met the job performance requirements in NFPA Standard 1021 (station officer, battalion chief rank).

(44) "NFPA Fire Officer III" means a fire officer, at the managerial/administrative level, who has met the job performance requirements in NFPA Standard 1021 (district chief, assistant chief, division chief, deputy chief rank).

(45) "NFPA Fire Officer IV" means a fire officer, at the administrative level, who has met the job performance requirements in NFPA Standard 1021(fire chief).

(46) “NFPA Incident Commander” (IC) means a person who is responsible for all incident activities, including the development of strategies and tactics and the ordering and release of resources.

(47) “NFPA Intermodal Tank Specialty” means a person who provides technical support pertaining to intermodal tanks, provides oversight for product removal and movement of damaged intermodal tanks, and acts as a liaison between technicians and outside resources.

(48) “NFPA Hazardous Materials Safety Officer” means a person who works within an incident management system (IMS), specifically, the hazardous materials branch/group, to ensure that recognized hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) safe practices are followed at hazardous materials or WMD incidents.

(49) “NFPA Hazardous Materials Technician” means a person who responds to hazardous materials or WMD incidents using a risk-based response process where they analyze a problem involving hazardous materials or WMD, select applicable decontamination procedures, and control a release using specialized protective and control equipment.

(50) “NFPA Marine Land-Based Fire Fighter” means a member of a fire service agency who meets the job performance requirements of NFPA 1005.

(51) “NFPA Marine Tank Vessel Specialty” means a person who provides technical support pertaining to marine tank vessels, provides oversight for product removal and movement of damaged marine tank vessels, and acts as a liaison between technicians and outside resources.

(52) “NFPA Mobile Water Supply Apparatus” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the requirements of Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator as specified in NFPA 1002 Chapter 4 and the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1002 Sections 10.1 and 10.2.

(53) “NFPA Operations Level Responder” means a person who responds to hazardous materials or WMD incidents for the purpose of implementing or supporting actions to protect nearby persons, the environment, or property from the effects of the release.

(54) “NFPA Rope Rescue — Level I” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 6 section 6.1.

(55) “NFPA Rope Rescue — Level II” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 6 section 6.2.

(56) “NFPA Structural Collapse Rescue” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 9 sections 9.1 and 9.2.

(57) “NFPA Surf Rescue” means a Fire Service Professional who had met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 11 sections 11.1 and 11.2, and Chapter 15 sections 15.1 and 15.2.

(58) “NFPA Surface Water Rescue — Level I” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 11 section 11.1.

(59) “NFPA Surface Water Rescue — Level II” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 11 section 11.2.

(60) “NFPA Swiftwater Rescue” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 6 sections 6.1 and 6.2, Chapter 11 sections 11.1 and 11.2, and Chapter 12 sections 12.1 and 12.2.

(61) “NFPA Tank Car Specialty” means a person who provides technical support pertaining to tank cars, provides oversight for product removal and movement of damaged tank cars, and acts as a liaison between technicians and outside resources.

(62) “NFPA Trench Rescue” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 8 sections 8.1 and 8.2.

(63) “NFPA Vehicle and Machinery Rescue” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 10 sections 10.1 and 10.2.

(64) “NFPA Wildland Fire Apparatus” means a Fire Service Professional who has met the requirements of Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator as specified in NFPA 1002 Chapter 4 and the job performance requirements defined in NFPA 1002 Sections 8.1 and 8.2.

(65) "Service Delivery" means to be able to adequately demonstrate, through job performance, the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a certification level.

(66) "Staff" means employees occupying full-time, part-time, or temporary positions with the Department.

(67) "Task Performance" means to demonstrate the ability to perform tasks of a certification level, in a controlled environment, while being evaluated.

(68) "The Act" refers to the Public Safety Standards and Training Act (ORS 181.610 to 181.705).

(69) "Topical Level Course" is a course that does not include an identifiable block of learning objectives or outcomes that are required for certification at one or more levels.

(70) "Track" means a field of study required for certification.

(71) "Waiver" means to refrain from pressing or enforcing a rule.

(72) “Wildland Interface Crew Boss” means a person who is in a supervisory position in charge of 16 to 21 fire fighters and is responsible for their performance, safety, and welfare.

(73) “Wildland Interface Division/Group Supervisor” means a person who is responsible to act in an ICS position responsible for commanding and managing resources on a particular geographic area of a wildland fire (reports to a branch director or operations section chief).

(74) “Wildland Interface Engine Boss” means a person in supervisory position who has demonstrated the skills and depth of knowledge necessary to function under general supervision while operating a piece of apparatus such as an engine.

(75) “Wildland Interface Fire Fighter (FFT2)” means a person at the first level of progression who has demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to function safely as a member of a wildland fire suppression crew whose principal function is fire suppression. This position has direct supervision.

(76) “Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Crew” means a person who is responsible to act in an ICS position and is responsible for the direct supervision of a crew strike team.

(77) “Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Engine” means a person who is responsible to act in an ICS position and is responsible for the direct supervision of an engine strike team.

(78) “Wildland Interface Structural Group Supervisor” means a person who is responsible to act in an ICS position responsible for supervising equipment and personnel assigned to a group. Groups are composed of resources assembled to perform a special function not necessarily within a single geographic division. Groups, when activated, are located between branches and resources in the operations section (reports to a branch director or operations section chief).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-23-04; DPSST 2-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-06; DPSST 9-2006, f. & cert. ef. 7-7-06; DPSST 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 1-12-07; DPSST 10-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-15-08; DPSST 7-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-09; DPSST 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-09; DPSST 16-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-15-09 thru 6-11-10; DPSST 5-2010, f. 6-11-10, cert. ef. 6-14-10; DPSST 11-2010, f. & cert. ef. 11-12-10; DPSST 3-2011, f. 3-28-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11; DPSST 12-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-1-11; DPSST 21-2012, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-12; DPSST 8-2013, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-13; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13; DPSST 6-2014, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-14

259-009-0010

Personnel Action Forms

(1) All public or private fire service agencies will furnish to the Department the name, address, and other pertinent information concerning any newly appointed fire service professional on a Personnel Agency Form within 30 business days after employment.

(2) Whenever fire service personnel resign, retire, terminate employment, are discharged, or die, the agency head will report the information to the Department on a Personnel Agency Form within 30 business days of the action.

(a) The agency must notify the Department in writing when a fire service professional is promoted to a fire chief position, when a new agency head designee is assigned, or when a fire service professional is promoted to a training officer position.

(b) The agency must notify the Department in writing when a fire service professional is no longer assigned the duties of a fire chief, agency head designee or training officer.

(3) All applicable sections of the Personnel Agency Form must be completed and signed by the agency head or an authorized representative. Fire service personnel are not allowed to sign their own forms.

(4) All applicants will furnish to the Department on a Personnel Agency Form their social security number. The social security number is used to accurately identify the applicant and to verify information provided by fire service professionals under the Act in connection with revocation proceedings.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-23-04; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0020

Waiver for Equivalent Training or Experience — Reciprocity

(1) The Board or its designee may waive the completion of any course required by OAR 259-009-0025 upon presentation of documentary evidence by a fire service agency that the fire service professional has satisfactorily completed equivalent training or experience.

(2) In order to be considered for equivalency, training received in a state with laws governing or regulating training of fire service professionals must have been approved or certified by the employing agency in the state where the training was received.

(3) The Department may elect to prescribe, as a condition of certification, successful completion of specified courses or remedial training.

(4) The Department may enter into standing reciprocity compacts or agreements with States, that by law, regulate and supervise the quality of fire service training and require a minimum number of hours of classroom training equivalent to the standards established by the Board.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.660
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.660
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0025

College Education Credits

(1) The Department will only recognize credits awarded by an accredited, degree-granting college or a university of post-secondary education, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) or by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA)/Commission of Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA), as outlined in the current edition of the Higher Education Directory (HED).

(2) College credits used for certification obtained in a foreign country, which certificate, credential, or degree is claimed to be comparable to a certificate, credential, or degree granted by a licensing body in the United States or US Territories must be evaluated by a credentialing agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The Department/Board has no responsibility for obtaining or paying for the evaluation and arranging for an official copy to be sent by the evaluating agency to the Department. The evaluation must be approved by the Department, based upon review of an official copy sent by the evaluating agency directly to the Department, before the educational credit is accepted as equivalent.

(3) Certification Credit. Persons wishing to document college education must furnish official transcripts or a certified true copy of official transcripts to the Department. Courses can only be accepted for credit towards certification if the class has been successfully passed with a “C” or better.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0035

Certificates Are Property of Department

Certificates and awards are the property of the Department. The Department has the power to revoke or suspend any certificate or award as provided in the Act.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640, 181.644, 181.651, 181.652, 181.653, 181.654 & 181.665
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640, 181.644, 181.651, 181.652, 181.653, 181.654 & 181.665
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0059

Minimum Standards for Employment as a Fire Service Professional

(1) No person may be certified as a Fire Service Professional who is not 18 years of age.

(2) Only training received after attaining the age of 16 will be applied for certification purposes.

(3) DPSST Fire Service Agency affiliation must be attained after the age of 16 via submission of a (Personnel Agency Form).

(4) Fingerprints. Any individual utilized by a fire service agency that is identified in the Oregon LEDS system as a multi-source offender is required to be fingerprinted on standard applicant fingerprint cards. The hiring agency is responsible for fingerprinting and must forward one (1) card, with the appropriate fees to the Department.

(5) Notification of Conviction:

(a) A fire service professional or instructor who is convicted of a crime, as identified in OAR 259-009-0070, while employed by a fire service agency must notify the agency head within five business days of the conviction.

(b) When an agency receives notification of a conviction from a fire service professional, instructor, or another source, the agency must notify the Department within 30 calendar days. The notification to the Department must be in writing and include the specific charges of the conviction, the county and state where the conviction occurred, the investigating agency and the date of the conviction.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.610 & 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.610 & 181.640
Hist.: DPSST 1-2006(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-23-06 thru 6-1-06; DPSST 5-2006, f. & cert. ef. 5-3-06; DPSST 7-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-09; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0062

Fire Service Personnel Certification

(1) A fire service professional affiliated with an Oregon fire service agency may be certified by:

(a) Satisfactorily completing the requirements specified in section (2) of this rule;

(b) Through participation in a fire service agency training program accredited by the Department;

(c) Through a course certified by the Department; or

(d) By evaluation of experience as specified in OAR 259-009-0063.

(e) The Department may certify a fire service professional who has satisfactorily completed the requirements for certification as prescribed in section (2) of this rule, including the Task Performance Evaluations (TPE) if applicable.

(2) The following standards for fire service personnel are adopted by reference:

(a) The provisions of the NFPA Standard 1001, 2013 Edition, entitled "Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications";

(A) Delete section 1.3.1.

NOTE: This references NFPA 1500.

(B) Delete section 2.2.

NOTE: This references NFPA 1500 and 1582.

(C) For certification as Fire Fighter II, the applicant must be certified at NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I as defined by the Department and meet the job performance requirements defined in Sections 6.1 through 6.5.5 of this Standard.

(D) All applicants for certification must complete a task performance evaluation or a Department-approved task book for NFPA Fire Fighter I and NFPA Fire Fighter II. The evaluation or task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(b) The provisions of the NFPA Standard 1002, 2009 Edition, entitled “Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications," are adopted subject to the following definitions and modifications:

(A) 5.1 General. The job performance requirements defined in Sections 5.1 and 5.2 must be met prior to certification as a Fire Service Agency Driver/Operator-Pumper.

(B) 6.1 General. The requirements of NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, as specified by the Department and the job performance requirements defined in Sections 6.1 and 6.2, must be met prior to certification as a Fire Service Agency Driver/Operator-Aerial.

(C) 7.1 General. The requirements of NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, as specified by the Department and the job performance requirements defined in Sections 7.1 and 7.2 must be met prior to certification as a Fire Service Agency Driver/Operator-Tiller.

(D) 8.1 General. The requirements of NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, as specified by the Department and the job performance requirements defined in Sections 8.1 and 8.2, must be met prior to certification as a Fire Service Agency Driver/Operator-Wildland Fire Apparatus.

(E) 9.1 General. The requirements of NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II and NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, as specified by the Department and the job performance requirements defined in Sections 9.1 and 9.2, must be met prior to certification as a Fire Service Agency Driver/Operator-Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Apparatus (ARFF).

(F) 10.1 General. The requirements of NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, as specified by the Department and the job performance requirements defined in Sections 10.1 and 10.2, must be met prior to certification as a Fire Service Agency Driver/Operator-Mobile Water Supply Apparatus.

(G) Delete "the requirements of NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program".

(H) All applicants for certification must complete a task performance evaluation or a Department-approved task book for: NFPA Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with an Aerial Device, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with a Tiller, NFPA Wildland Fire Apparatus, NFPA Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Apparatus or NFPA Mobile Water Supply Apparatus. The task books must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(c) The provisions of the NFPA Standards 1003, 2010 Edition, entitled "Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications".

(A) 6.1 General. Prior to certification as a Fire Service Agency NFPA 1003 Airport Fire Fighter, the requirements of NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II, as specified by the Department and the job performance requirements defined in sections 5.1 through 5.4, must be met.

(B) All applicants for certification must complete a Department-approved task book for Airport Fire Fighter. The task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(d) The provisions of NFPA Standard 1005, 2007 Edition, entitled “Marine Fire Fighting for Land Based Fire Fighters Professional Qualifications,” are adopted subject to the following definitions and modifications:

(A) Delete section 2.2.

NOTE: This references NFPA 1500.

(B) Delete sections of 2.4.

NOTE: This references NFPA 1000, NFPA 1081, NFPA 1405, NFPA 1670 and NFPA 1710.

(C) 5.1 General. Prior to certification as a Fire Service Agency NFPA 1005 Marine Land-Based Fire Fighter, the requirements of NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II, as specified by the Department.

(D) All applicants for certification must complete a Department approved task book for Marine Fire Fighting for Land Based Fire Fighters. The task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(E) Transition Phase:

(i) An application for certification in Marine Fire Fighting for Land Based Fire Fighters must be submitted to the Department no later than June 30, 2009 to receive consideration for certification without having to complete a task book.

(ii) All applications received on or after July 1, 2009 will need to show completion of the approved task book.

(e) The provisions of the NFPA Standard No. 1031, Edition of (2009), entitled "Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner" are adopted.

(A) All applicants for certification as an NFPA Fire Inspector I must:

(i) Successfully complete a Department-approved task book; and

(ii) Furnish proof that they have passed an exam demonstrating proficiency in the model fire code adopted by the State of Oregon or an equivalent.

(B) All applicants for certification as an NFPA Fire Inspector II must:

(i) Hold a certification as a NFPA Fire Inspector I; and

(ii) Successfully complete a Department-approved task book.

(C) All applicants for certification as an NFPA Fire Inspector III must:

(i) Hold a certification as a NFPA Fire Inspector II; and

(ii) Successfully complete a Department-approved task book.

(D) Task books must be monitored by a Field Training Officer approved by the Department. The Field Training Officer must be certified at or above the level being monitored and have at least five years inspection experience. The Department may approve other Field Training Officers with equivalent training, education and experience as determined by designated Department staff.

(f) The provisions of the NFPA Standard No. 1033, Edition of (2009), entitled "Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator" are adopted subject to the following definitions and requirements:

(A) An individual must successfully complete a Department-approved task book before the Department will administer a written examination for the Fire Investigator certification level. Exception: Anyone holding a valid IAAI Fire Investigator Certification, National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) certification, or Certified Fire Explosion Investigators (CFEI) certification is exempt from taking the Department's Fire Investigator written exam.

(B) A Department approved Field Training Officer must monitor the completion of a task book. The Field Training Officer must be certified at or above the level being monitored and have at least five (5) years fire investigation experience. Exception: The Department may approve Field Training Officers with equivalent training, education and experience.

(g) The provisions of the NFPA Standard No. 1035, Edition of 2000, entitled "Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator" are adopted subject to the following definitions and modifications:

(A) Chapter 6 (Six) "Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I" and Chapter 7 (Seven) "Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist II," Oregon-amended, will be adopted with the following changes:

(i) Change the following definitions:

(I) 1-4.4 Change the definition of "Assessment" to read, "A structured process by which relevant information is gathered for the purpose of determining specific child or family intervention needs conducted by a mental health professional."

(II) 1-4.11 Change the title of "Fire Screener" to "Fire Screening" and the definition to read, "The process by which we conduct an interview with a firesetter and his or her family using state approved forms and guidelines. Based on recommended practice, the process may determine the need for referral for counseling and/or implementation of educational intervention strategies to mitigate effects of firesetting behavior."

(III) 1-4.14 Include "insurance" in list of agencies.

(IV) 1-4.15 Change the definition to read: "...that may include screening, education and referral for assessment for counseling, medical services."

(V) 1-4.16 Change "person" to "youth" and change age from 21 to 18.

(VI) 1-4.17 Add "using state-approved prepared forms and guidelines."

(VII) 1-4.22 Add "...or by authority having jurisdiction."

(VIII) 1-4.24 Add "...or as defined by the authority having jurisdiction."

(ii) Under 6-1 General Requirements, delete the statement, "In addition, the person will meet the requirements for NFPA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I prior to being certified as a NFPA Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I."

(B) A task book will be completed prior to certification as a NFPA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I, II or III.

(C) A task book will be completed prior to certification as a NFPA Public Information Officer.

(D) A task book will be completed prior to certification as a NFPA Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I and II.

(h) The provisions of the NFPA Standard No. 1041, Edition of 2012, entitled "Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications," are adopted subject to the successful completion of an approved task book for NFPA Fire Instructor I, II and III.

(i) The provisions of the NFPA Standard 1021, 2009 Edition, entitled "Standards for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications," are adopted subject to the following definitions and modifications:

(A) 4.1 General. For certification as NFPA Fire Officer I, the candidate must be certified at NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II, and NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I, as defined by the Department, and meet the job performance requirements defined in Sections 4.1 through 4.7 of this Standard.

(i) Amend section 4.1.2 General Prerequisite Skills to include college courses or Department- approved equivalent courses in the following areas of study: Communications, Math, Physics, Chemistry, or Fire Behavior and Combustion. Refer to the suggested course guide for detailed course, curriculum and training information.

(ii) All applicants for certification must complete a task performance evaluation or a Department-approved task book for NFPA Fire Officer I. The evaluation or task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(B) 5.1 General. For certification as NFPA Fire Officer II, the candidate must be certified as NFPA Fire Officer I, as defined by the Department, and meet the job performance requirements defined in Section 5.1 through 5.7 of the Standard.

(i) Amend section 5.1.2 General Prerequisite Skills to include college courses or Department- approved equivalent courses Psychology or Sociology.

(ii) Amend section 5.3 Community and Government Relations to include State and Local Government or Department-approved equivalent courses.

(iii) All applicants for certification must complete a task performance evaluation or a Department-approved task book for NFPA Fire Officer II. The evaluation or task book must be approved off by the Agency Head or Training Officer, before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(C) 6.1 General. For certification as NFPA Fire Officer III, the candidate must be certified as a NFPA Fire Officer II, NFPA, NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor II, as defined by the Department, and meet the job performance requirements defined in Sections 6.1 through 6.7 of the Standard.

(i) All applicants for certification must complete a Department-approved task book for NFPA Fire Officer III.

(ii) The task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(D) 7.1 General. For certification as NFPA Fire Officer IV the candidate must be certified as NFPA Fire Officer III, as defined by the Department, and meet the job performance requirements in Sections 7.1 through 7.7 of the Standard.

(i) All applicants for certification must complete a Department-approved task book for NFPA Fire Officer IV.

(ii) The task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer, before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(j) Hazardous Materials Responder (DPSST-P-12 1/96).

(k) Fire Ground Leader.

(A) This is a standard that is Oregon-specific.

(B) An applicant applying for Fire Ground Leader must first be certified as an NFPA Fire Fighter II.

(C) An applicant applying for Fire Ground Leader must document training in all of the following areas:

(i) Building Construction: Non-Combustible and Combustible;

(ii) Emergency Service Delivery;

(iii) Fire Behavior;

(iv) Fire Ground Safety; and

(v) Water Supply Operations.

(D) All applicants for certification must complete a task performance evaluation or a Department-approved task book for Fire Ground Leader. The evaluation or task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(l) Advanced Wildland Interface Fire Fighter (FFT1).

(A) This standard includes NWCG Wildland Fire Fighter Type 1.

(B) An individual applying for Advanced Wildland Interface Fire Fighter (FFT1) must be certified as Wildland Interface Fire Fighter (FFT2) prior to applying for Advanced Wildland Interface Fire Fighter (FFT1) and must document training in all of the following areas at the time of application:

(i) S-131 Firefighter Type I;

(ii) S-133 Look Up, Look Down, Look Around; and

(iii) Completion of the NWCG Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)/Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) Task Book.

(m) Wildland Interface Fire Fighter (FFT2).

(A) This standard includes NWCG Wildland Fire Fighter Type 2.

(B) An individual applying for Wildland Interface Fire Fighter (FFT2) must document training in all of the following areas at the time of application:

(i) S-130 Fire Fighter Training;

(ii) S-190 Wildland Fire Behavior;

(iii) L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline; and

(iv) I-100 Introduction to ICS.

(n) Wildland Interface Engine Boss.

(A) This is an NWCG standard.

(B) An individual applying for Wildland Interface Engine Boss must be certified as Wildland Interface Fire Fighter prior to applying for Wildland Interface Engine Boss and must document training in all of the following areas at the time of application:

(i) I-200 Basic Incident Command;

(ii) S-230 or S-231 Crew Boss (Single Resource);

(iii) S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior; and

(iv) Completion of the task book for NWCG Single Resource Boss Engine.

(o) Wildland Interface Crew Boss.

(A) This is an NWCG standard.

(B) An individual applying for Wildland Interface Crew Boss must be certified as Wildland Interface Fire Fighter prior to applying for Wildland Interface Crew Boss and must document training in all of the following areas at the time of application:

(i) I-200 Basic Incident Command;

(ii) S-230 Crew Boss (Single Resource);

(iii) S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior; and

(iv) Completion of the task book for NWCG Single Resource Boss Crew.

(p) Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Engine.

(A) This is an NWCG standard.

(B) An individual applying for Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Engine must be certified as Wildland Interface Engine Boss prior to applying for Wildland Interface Strike Team/Leader Engine and must document training in all of the following areas at the time of application:

(i) S-215 Fire Operations in the WUI;

(ii) S-330 Task Force/Strike Team Leader;

(iii) I-300 Intermediate ICS; and

(iv) Completion of the task book for NWCG Strike Team Leader Engine.

(q) Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Crew.

(A) This is an NWCG standard.

(B) An individual applying for Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Crew must be certified as Wildland Interface Crew Boss prior to applying for Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Crew and must document training in all of the following areas at the time of application:

(i) S-215 Fire Operations in the WUI;

(ii) S-330 Task Force/Strike Team Leader;

(iii) I-300 Intermediate ICS; and

(iv) Completion of the task book for NWCG Strike Team Leader Crew.

(r) Wildland Interface Structural Group Supervisor.

(A) This is an Oregon standard.

(B) An individual applying for Wildland Interface Structural Group Supervisor must be certified as Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Engine prior to applying for certification as Wildland Structural Interface Group Supervisor and must document training in all of the following areas at the time of application:

(i) S-390 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations;

(ii) S-339 Division/Group Supervisor; and

(iii) Completion of the task book for NWCG Group Supervisor.

(s) Wildland Interface Division/Group Supervisor.

(A) This is an NWCG standard.

(B) An individual applying for Wildland Interface Division/Group Supervisor must be certified as Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Engine and a Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader Crew prior to applying for certification as Wildland Interface Division/Group Supervisor and must document training in all of the following areas at the time of application:

(i) S-390 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations;

(ii) S-339 Division/Group Supervisor; and

(iii) Completion of the task book for NWCG Division/Group Supervisor.

(t) Maritime Fire Service Operator Standards Professional Qualifications (October, 1999) and completion of an approved task book. Historical Recognition:

(A) The application must be submitted with the fire chief or designee's signature attesting to the skill level and training of the applicant.

(B) The application must be submitted to the Department no later than October 1, 2004, to receive certification for Maritime Fire Service Operator without having to complete the task book.

(C) All applications received after October 1, 2004, will need to show completion of the approved task book.

(u) Certification guide for Wildland Fire Investigator (August, 2005).

(v) The provisions of the 2008 Edition of NFPA 1006 entitled, "Standards for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications" are adopted subject to the following modifications:

(A) Historical Recognition:

(i) Applicants who currently hold active Department of Public Safety Standards and Training NFPA Surface Water Rescue Technician and NFPA Rope Rescue levels of certification may apply for NFPA Swiftwater Rescue level of certification.

(ii) The NFPA Technical Rescuer application for certification under (i) above must be submitted to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training on or before December 30, 2011.

(B) Instructors:

(i) Curriculum must be certified by the Department to meet NFPA 1006 standards.

(ii) An instructor delivering training under a fire service agency's accreditation agreement must be a certified technician in that specialty rescue area.

(C) Task Books:

(i) A task book must be completed for each of the eleven specialty rescue areas applied for.

(ii) Only a certified technician in that specialty rescue area can approve the task book.

(iii) The requirements in Chapters 4 and 5 only need to be met once for all eleven specialty rescue areas.

(w) Urban Search and Rescue.

(A) This is a standard that is Oregon-specific.

(B) The following eleven (11) specialty Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) certifications are adopted:

(i) Task Force Leader;

(ii) Safety Officer;

(iii) Logistics Manager;

(iv) Rescue Team Manager;

(v) Rescue Squad Officer;

(vi) Rescue Technician;

(vii) Medical Technician;

(viii) Rigging Technician;

(ix) Search Team Manager;

(x) Search Squad Officer; and

(xi) Search Technician.

(C) An applicant applying for any USAR certification(s) must complete the appropriate application attesting to completion of the required training.

(x) The provisions of the NFPA Standard 472, 2008 Edition, entitled “Standard for Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction” are adopted subject to the following definitions and modifications:

(A) NFPA Hazardous Materials Technician: All applicants for certification must first certify as an NFPA Operations Level Responder and complete a Department-approved task book. The task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification.

(B) NFPA Hazardous Materials Safety Officer: All applicants for certification must first certify as a NFPA Hazardous Materials Technician and complete a Department-approved task book. The task book must be approved by the Agency Head or Training Officer before an applicant can qualify for certification. This certification level includes, but is not limited to, the following course work:

(i) Analyzing the Incident;

(ii) Planning the Response;

(iii) Implementing the Planned Response;

(iv) Evaluating the Progress.

(C) Incident Commander: The level of certification formerly known as “On-Scene Incident Commander” is now known as “NFPA Hazardous Materials Incident Commander.” The Incident Commander correlates directly with NFPA 472. All applicants for certification must first certify as an NFPA Operations Level Responder.

(D) Operations Level Responder: The level of certification formerly known as “First Responder” is now known as “NFPA Operations Level Responder.” The NFPA Operations Level Responder correlates directly with NFPA 472. Successful completion of skills sheets or task performance evaluations (TPE) must be met prior to certification as an NFPA Operations Level Responder.

(y) Specialty Levels of Certification. All applicants for specialty levels of certification must first certify as a NFPA Hazardous Materials Technician.

(A) The following four (4) specialty certifications are adopted:

(i) NFPA Cargo Tank Specialty;

(ii) NFPA Intermodal Tank Specialty;

(iii) NFPA Marine Tank Vessel Specialty;

(iv) NFPA Tank Car Specialty;

(B) Successful completion of task performance evaluations (TPE) must be met prior to obtaining a specialty level of certification.

(3) Task performance evaluations, where prescribed, will be required prior to certification. Such examinations will be conducted in the following manner:

(a) Task performance competency will be evaluated by three people nominated by the employing fire service agency's Chief Officer for approval by the Department or its designated representative.

(b) The employing fire service agency's equipment and operational procedures must be used in accomplishing the task performance to be tested.

(c) Specific minimum testing procedures, as provided by the Department, will be used for administration of the evaluation.

(d) The training officer for an accredited fire service agency training program must notify the Department or its designated representative prior to performing a task performance evaluation.

(e) At the request of the fire chief, a representative of the Department will be designated to monitor the task performance evaluation for personnel from a fire service agency whose training program is not accredited.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 11-2003 f. & cert. ef. 7-24-03; DPSST 13-2003(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-27-03 thru 3-31-04; DPSST 3-2004(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 4-9-04 thru 10-1-04; DPSST 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-23-04; DPSST 2-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-06; DPSST 9-2006 f. & cert. ef. 7-7-06; DPSST 14-2006, f. & cert. ef. 10-13-06; DPSST 16-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-20-06; DPSST 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 1-12-07; DPSST 10-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-15-08; DPSST 7-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-09; DPSST 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-09; DPSST 16-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-15-09 thru 6-11-10; DPSST 5-2010, f. 6-11-10, cert. ef. 6-14-10; DPSST 11-2010, f. & cert. ef. 11-12-10; DPSST 11-2010, f. & cert. ef. 11-12-10; DPSST 3-2011, f. 3-28-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11; DPSST 7-2012, f. & cert. ef. 3-28-12; DPSST 21-2012, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-12; DPSST 8-2013, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-13; DPSST 16-2013, f. & cert. ef. 6-25-13; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13; DPSST 6-2014, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-14

259-009-0063

Credit for Experience

(1) A fire service professional with three years experience in a fire department may apply to be evaluated for certification based upon experience and accumulated knowledge.

(2) A fire service professional may petition for credit for prior learning. The individual must describe in writing all experience and training pertinent to the standard being challenged. The material presented will be reviewed by a panel of three fire service professionals, appointed by the Department or designated staff. The fire service professionals will determine what credit, if any, should be granted to the individual.

(3) Applicants may take a competency examination, if available. Applicants who fail examinations for any specific requirement will not be re-examined for a period of 60 days. Applicants who fail examinations for specific requirements may, after a 60 day interim period, apply to the Department to be re-examined by written or oral examination. Oral examinations will be conducted by a representative of the Department.

(4) The Department may enter into a learning contract with a fire service professional for any standards that are needed. Upon successful completion of the contract, the individual will be granted credit for the job performance requirements. The contract must be in writing and signed by the Director or designated representative and the individual seeking credit. The contract will include a course of study, an evaluation process and a completion date.

(5) The Department or its designated representative will notify the applicant of the results of the evaluation within 60 days.

(6) The Department or its designated representative may grant certification to the applicant when the evaluation indicates the applicant's experience and knowledge exceed the minimum established standards (Note: See also OAR 259-009-0020).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.660
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.660
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0065

Maintenance

(1)(a) The Training Officer must verify that individuals have successfully performed essential functions for each certification through service delivery (see OAR 259-009-0005), task performance (see OAR 259-009-0005), or sufficient education or training hours to verify each member's certification pursuant to OAR 259-009-0065. Any certificate not verified by the agency will be lapsed.

(b) Verification that maintenance requirements have been completed must be submitted to the Department by December 31st of every even year.

(2) Maintenance requirements must be demonstrated by completing any combination of one or more of the following:

(a) Service Delivery;

(b) Task Performance;

(c) Education; or

(d) Training.

(3) Operation Track:

(a) NFPA Fire Fighter I, NFPA Fire Fighter II, NFPA Driver, NFPA Hazmat First Responder, NFPA Hazmat Technician, NFPA Airport Fire Fighter, NFPA Pumper Operator, NFPA Aerial Operator, NFPA Tiller Operator, NFPA Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Apparatus Operator, Wildland Fire Apparatus Operator, NFPA Mobile Water Supply Apparatus Operator, NFPA Fire Officer I, NFPA Fire Officer II, Fire Ground Leader, NFPA Rescue Technician (Rope, Water, Vehicle, Confined Space, Structural, Trench), On Scene Incident Command, Wildland Interface (Fire Fighter, Engine Boss, Strike Team Leader, Wildland Interface Division Supervisor), Maritime Operator (Awareness, Deck Hand, Boat Operations, Rescue Boat, Fire Boat) certification levels must complete maintenance requirements for Operation Track.

(b) If the Training Officer chooses to verify maintenance requirements through training or education, the maintenance requirements for the Operation Track is 60 hours completed annually.

(4) Instructor Track

(a) Instructor I, II and III certification levels must complete maintenance requirements for Instructor Track.

(b) If the Training Officer chooses to verify maintenance requirements through training or education, the maintenance requirements for the Instructor Track is four hours completed annually.

(5) Prevention/Public Education/Administration Track

(a) NFPA Public Fire/Life Safety Educator I, NFPA Public Fire/Life Safety Educator II, Public Fire/Life Safety Educator III, NFPA Public Information Officer, NFPA Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I, NFPA Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist II, NFPA Fire Officer III, NFPA Fire Officer IV, Investigator, Wildland Investigator, NFPA Fire Inspector I, NFPA Fire Inspector II, NFPA Fire Inspector III certification levels must complete maintenance requirements for Prevention/Public Education/Administration Track.

(b) If the Training Officer chooses to verify maintenance requirements through training or education, the maintenance requirement for the Prevention/Public Education/Administration Track is 12 hours completed annually.

(6) A Fire Service Professional certified and performing duties in more than one track must complete the maintenance requirements for each track.

(7) A minimum passing score of 70 percent must be achieved for any level of certification that requires completion of a written test.

(8) Failure to notify the Department that the Fire Service Professional's maintenance requirements have been completed will result in a warning notification letter being sent to the agency head and the Training Officer.

(a) A three month extension will be automatically authorized if requested in writing.

(b) Failure to complete maintenance requirements and submit the completed appropriate form after the warning notification letter and before the three month extension has expired, will result in the lapse of the Fire Service Professional's certification.

(c) Subject to Department approval, re-certification following a lapse may be obtained upon the employing agency submitting the following:

(A) A request for re-certification and documentation explaining why the maintenance requirements were not completed or verified; and

(B) Verification that the maintenance requirements have been completed and a completed reinstatement form.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640
Hist.: DPSST 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-23-04; DPSST 2-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-06; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0067

Lapsed Certification

(1) All levels of certification of any fire service professional will be considered lapsed if the individual has not been utilized as such for more than 12 consecutive months.

(2) A fire service professional whose certification has lapsed must apply for re-certification upon re-utilization as a fire service professional.

(a) The fire service professional must complete a Department task book, task performance evaluation or approved training.

(b) Upon successful completion of the appropriate testing or evaluation, as verified by the signature and recommendation of the agency head or designee, the fire service professional whose certification has lapsed, may request reinstatement of certification. The request must be made to the Department by submitting the appropriate form.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.652, 181.653 & 181.667
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.652, 181.653 & 181.667
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-23-04; DPSST 6-2007, f. & cert. ef. 3-14-07; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0070

Denial/Revocation

(1) It is the responsibility of the Board to set the standards, and of the Department to uphold them, to insure the highest levels of professionalism and discipline. These standards shall be upheld at all times unless the Board determines that neither the safety of the public or respect of the profession is compromised.

Definitions

(2) For purposes of this rule, the following definitions will apply:

(a) “Denial” or “Deny” means the refusal to grant a fire service certification for mandatory grounds or discretionary disqualifying misconduct as identified in this rule, pursuant to the procedures identified in (9) of this rule.

(b) “Discretionary Conviction” means a conviction identified in OAR 259-009-0070(6).

(c) “Discretionary Disqualifying Misconduct” means misconduct identified in OAR 259-009-0070(4).

(d) “Revocation” or “Revoke” means to withdraw the certification of a fire service professional or instructor for mandatory grounds or discretionary disqualifying misconduct as identified in this rule, pursuant to the procedures identified in subsection (9) of this rule.

Grounds for Mandatory Denial or Revocation of Certification

(3) Mandatory Grounds for Denying or Revoking Certification of a Fire Service Professional or Instructor:

(a) The Department must deny or revoke the certification of any fire service professional or instructor, after written notice, and a hearing if requested, based upon a finding that:

(A) The fire service professional or instructor has been convicted in this state of a crime listed in ORS 137.700 or in any other jurisdiction of a crime that, if committed in this state would constitute a crime listed in 137.700. Those crimes are:

163.095 Attempted Aggravated Murder;

163.115 Attempted Murder;

163.115 Murder;

163.118 Manslaughter in the First Degree;

163.125 Manslaughter in the Second Degree;

163.149 Aggravated Vehicular Homicide;

163.175 Assault in the Second Degree;

163.185 Assault in the First Degree;

163.225 Kidnapping in the Second Degree;

163.235 Kidnapping in the First Degree;

163.365 Rape in the Second Degree;

163.375 Rape in the First Degree;

163.395 Sodomy in the Second Degree;

163.405 Sodomy in the First Degree;

163.408 Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree;

163.411 Sexual Penetration in the First Degree;

163.427 Sexual Abuse in the First Degree;

163.670 Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct;

164.325 Arson in the First Degree (See exception under OAR 259-009-0070(4));

164.405 Robbery in the Second Degree;

164.415 Robbery in the First Degree;

167.017 Compelling Prostitution.

(B) The fire service professional or instructor has been discharged for cause from employment as a fire service professional or instructor.

(b) For purposes of this rule, “discharged for cause”, means an employer initiated termination of employment for any of the following reasons after a final determination has been made. If, after service by the Department of a Notice of Intent to Deny or Revoke Certifications (NOI), the fire service professional or instructor provides notice to the Department within the time stated in the NOI that the discharge has not become final, then the Department may stay further action pending a final determination.

(A) Dishonesty: Includes untruthfulness, dishonesty by admission or omission, deception, misrepresentation, falsification;

(B) Disregard for the Rights of Others: Includes violating the constitutional or civil rights of others, conduct demonstrating a disregard for the principles of fairness, respect for the rights of others, protecting vulnerable persons, and the fundamental duty to protect and serve the public.

(C) Gross Misconduct means an act or failure to act that creates a danger or risk to persons, property, or to the efficient operation of the agency, recognizable as a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable fire service professional or instructor would observe in a similar circumstance;

(D) Incompetence: means a demonstrated lack of ability to perform the essential tasks of a fire service professional or instructor that remedial measures have been unable to correct.

(E) Misuse of Authority: Includes abuse of public trust, abuse of authority to obtain a benefit, avoid a detriment, or harm another, and abuse under the color of office.

Discretionary Disqualifying Misconduct as Grounds for Denying or Revoking Certification

(4) Discretionary disqualifying misconduct as Grounds for Denying or Revoking Certification(s) of a Fire Service Professional or Instructor:

(a) The Department may deny or revoke the certification of any fire service professional or instructor, after written notice, and a hearing, if requested, based upon a finding that:

(A) The fire service professional or instructor falsified any information submitted on the application for certification or on any documents submitted to the Board or Department;

(B) The fire service professional or instructor has been convicted of an offense listed in subsection (4)(c), punishable as a crime, other than a mandatory disqualifying crime listed in section (3) of this rule, in this state or any other jurisdiction.

(b) For purposes of this rule, the Department, through the Fire Policy Committee and Board, has defined core values that are integral to the fire service profession. These values are:

(A) Category I: Honesty. Honesty includes straightforwardness of conduct; integrity, adherence to the facts; freedom from subterfuge or duplicity; truthfulness and sincerity.

(B) Category II: Professionalism. Professionalism includes the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person; extreme competence in an occupation or pursuit.

(C) Category III: Justice. Justice includes just treatment, the quality or characteristics of being just, impartial, or fair.

(c) Pursuant to ORS 181.662(3)(b), the Department has determined that, in the absence of a determination to the contrary by the Fire Policy Committee and Board, a Fire Service Professional or Instructor who has been convicted of the following crimes has violated the core values of the fire service profession and may not be fit to receive or hold certification:

25.785(3) (False Submission Social Security Number) – Category I;

92.337 (Furnishing False Information or Making a False Representation) – Category I;

162.015 (Bribe Giving) — Category III;

162.025 (Bribe Receiving) — Category III;

162.065 (Perjury) — Category I;

162.117 (Public Investment Fraud) — Category I;

162.155 (Escape in the Second Degree) — Category II;

162.165 (Escape in the First Degree) — Category II;

162.185 (Supplying Contraband) — Category II;

162.205 (Failure to Appear in the First Degree) — Category II;

162.265 (Bribing a Witness) — Category III;

162.275 (Bribe Receiving by a Witness) — Category III;

162.285 (Tampering with a Witness) — Category III;

162.305 (Tampering with Public Records) — Category III;

162.325 (Hindering Prosecution) — Category III;

162.355 (Simulating Legal Process) — Category III;

162.365 (Criminal Impersonation) — Category I;

162.367 (Criminal Impersonation of a Peace Officer) — Category I;

162.415 (Official Misconduct in the First Degree) — Category II;

163.145 (Criminally Negligent Homicide) — Category III;

163.160 (Assault in the Fourth Degree) — Category III;

163.165 (Assault in the Third Degree) — Category III;

163.205 (Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree) — Category III;

163.207 (Female Genital Mutilation) — Category III;

163.208 (Assaulting a Public Safety Officer) — Category III;

163.213 (Unlawful Use of an Electrical Stun Gun, Tear Gas or Mace in the First Degree) — Category II;

163.245 (Custodial Interference in the Second Degree) — Category III;

163.257 (Custodial Interference in the First Degree) — Category III;

163.275 (Coercion) — Category III;

163.355 (Rape in the Third Degree) — Category III;

163.425 (Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree) — Category III;

163.465 (Public Indecency) — Category III;

163.515 (Bigamy) — Category III;

163.525 (Incest) — Category III;

163.535 (Abandonment of a Child) — Category III;

163.537 (Buying or Selling a Person Under 18 years of age) — Category III;

163.547 (Child Neglect in the First Degree) — Category III;

163.555 (Criminal Non-Support) — Category III;

163.684 (Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree) — Category III;

163.686 (Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree) — Category III;

163.688 (Possession of Materials Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the Second Degree) — Category III;

163.689 (Possession of Materials Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the Second Degree) — Category III;

163.732 (Stalking) — Category III;

163.750 (Violating Court’s Stalking Protective Order) — Category III;

164.045 (Theft in the Second Degree) — Category I;

164.055 (Theft in the First Degree) — Category I;

164.057 (Aggravated Theft in the First Degree) — Category I;

164.075 (Theft by Extortion) — Category I;

164.125 (Theft of Services: by Deception) — Category I;

164.135 (Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle) — Category I;

164.140 (Criminal Possession of Rented or Leased Personal Property: felony only) — Category I;

164.170 (Laundering a Monetary Instrument) — Category I;

164.172 (Engaging in a Financial Transaction in Property Derived from Unlawful Activity) — Category I;

164.215 (Burglary in the Second Degree) — Category III;

164.225 (Burglary in the First Degree) — Category III;

164.235 (Possession of a Burglary Tool or Theft Device) — Category III;

164.315 (Arson in the Second Degree) — Category II;

164.325 (Arson in the First Degree — If not a conviction under ORS 137.700) — Category II;

164.365 (Criminal Mischief in the First Degree) — Category III;

164.377 (Computer Crime) — Category III;

164.395 (Robbery in the Third Degree) — Category III;

164.868 (Unlawful Labeling of a Sound Recording) — Category III;

164.869 (Unlawful Recording of a Live Performance) — Category III;

164.872 (Unlawful Labeling of a Videotape Recording) — Category III;

164.885 (Endangering Aircraft) — Category II;

164.889 (Interference with Agricultural Research) — Category III;

165.013 (Forgery in the First Degree) — Category I;

165.022 (Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree) — Category I;

165.032 (Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device) — Category I;

165.055 (Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card: Felony Only) — Category I;

165.065 (Negotiating a Bad Check) — Category I;

165.070 (Possessing Fraudulent Communications Device) — Category I;

165.074 (Unlawful Factoring of Payment Card Transaction) — CategoryI;

165.085 (Sports Bribery) — Category III;

165.090 (Sports Bribe Receiving) — Category III;

165.579 (Cellular Counterfeiting in the Second Degree) — Category III;

165.581 (Cellular Counterfeiting in the First Degree) — Category III;

165.692 (Making False Claim for Health Care Payment) — Category I;

165.800 (Identity Theft) — Category I;

165.810 (Unlawful Possession of a Personal Identification Device) — Category I;

165.813 (Unlawful Possession of Fictitious Identification) — Category I;

166.005 (Treason) — Category II;

166.015 (Riot) — Category II;

166.085 (Abuse of Corpse in the Second Degree) — Category II;

166.087 (Abuse of Corpse in the First Degree) — Category II;

166.155 (Intimidation in the Second Degree) — Category III;

166.165 (Intimidation in the First Degree) — Category III;

166.220 (Unlawful Use of Weapon) — Category II;

166.270 (Possession of Weapons by Certain Felons: Felony only) — Category II;

166.275 (Possession of Weapons by Inmates of Institutions) — Category II;

166.370 (Possession of Firearm or Dangerous Weapon in Public Building or Court Facility; Exceptions; Discharging Firearm at School) — Category II;

166.382 (Possession of Destructive Device Prohibited) — Category II;

166.384 (Unlawful Manufacture of Destructive Device) — Category II;

166.429 (Firearms Used in Felony) — Category II;

166.438 (Transfer of Firearms at Gun Shows: Felony Only) — Category II;

166.450 (Obliteration or Change of Identification Number on Firearms) — Category II;

166.642 (Felon in Possession of Body Armor) — Category II;

166.643 (Unlawful Possession of Body Armor) — Category II;

166.649 (Throwing an Object Off an Overpass in the Second Degree) — Category III;

166.651 (Throwing an Object Off an Overpass in the First Degree) — Category III;

166.660 (Unlawful Paramilitary Activity) — Category III;

166.720 (Racketeering Activity Unlawful) — Category II;

167.012 (Promoting Prostitution) — Category III;

167.062 (Sadomasochistic Abuse or Sexual Conduct in Live Show: Felony Only) — Category III;

167.164 (Possession of Gray Machine) — Category I;

167.212 (Tampering with Drug Records) — Category I;

167.262 (Adult Using Minor in Commission of Controlled Substance Offense: Felony Only) — Category III;

167.322 (Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree) — Category III;

167.339 (Assaulting Law Enforcement Animal) — Category III;

305.815 (False Return, Statement or Document) – Category I;

411.630 (Unlawfully Obtaining Public Assistance) – Category I;

411.675 (Submitting Wrongful Claim for Payment) – Category I;

411.840 (Unlawfully Obtaining or Disposing of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance) – Category I;

433.010(1) (Willfully Causing the Spread of Communicable Disease) – Category II;

475.840 (Prohibited Acts Generally: Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled Substance) — Category II;

475.846 (Unlawful Manufacture of Heroin) — Category II;

475.848 (Unlawful Manufacture of Heroin Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.850 (Unlawful Delivery of Heroin) — Category II;

475.852 (Unlawful Delivery of Heroin Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.854 (Unlawful Possession of Heroin) — Category II;

475.856 (Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana) — Category II;

475.858 (Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.860 (Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana: Felony only) — Category II;

475.862 (Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.864 (Unlawful Possession of Marijuana: Felony only) — Category II;

475.866 (Unlawful Manufacture of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy)) — Category II;

475.868 (Unlawful Manufacture of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy) Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.870 (Unlawful Delivery of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy)) — Category II;

475.872 (Unlawful Delivery of 3.4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy) Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category II;

475.874 (Unlawful Possession of 3.4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy)) — Category II;

475.876 (Unlawful Manufacture of Cocaine) — Category II;

475.878 (Unlawful Manufacture of Cocaine Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.880 (Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine) — Category II;

475.882 (Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.884 (Unlawful Possession of Cocaine) — Category II;

475.886 (Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine) — Category II;

475.888 (Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.890 (Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine) — Category II;

475.892 (Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.894 (Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine) — Category II;

475.904 (Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substance Within 1,000 Feet of School) — Category III;

475.908 (Causing Another Person to Ingest a Controlled Substance) — Category III;

475.910 (Application of Controlled Substance to the Body of Another Person) — Category III;

475.914 (Prohibited Acts for Registrants: Deliver or Dispense Controlled Substance) — Category II;

475.962 (Distribution of Equipment, Solvent, Reagent or Precursor Substance with Intent to Facilitate Manufacture of Controlled Substances) — Category II;

475.967 (Possession of Precursor Substance With Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance) — Category II;

475.977 (Possessing or Disposing of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Waste) — Category II;

476.150 (Entry and Inspection of Premises; Interfering or Preventing Entry) – Category II;

476.380 (Burning without a Permit) – Category II;

476.510 to 476.610 (Violations of the Emergency Conflagration Act) – Category II;

532.140 (Branding or Marking Forest Products and Booming Equipment with the Intent to Injure or Defraud) – Category I;

632.470 (False Representation as to Raising, Production or Packing) – Category I;

632.475 (Possession of Unlabeled, Falsely Labeled or Deceptively Packed Products) – Category I;

659.815 (Deceptive Representations or Advertisements by Persons Employing Labor) – Category I;

688.120 (Fraudulent Representation) – Category I;

689.995(3) (Willfully Furnishing False Information) – Category I;

689.995(4) (Making or Causing to be Made Any False Representations) – Category I;

731.260 (False or Misleading Filings) – Category I;

759.360(2) (Furnishing False Information or Making a False Representation) – Category I;

811.182 (Criminal Driving While Suspended or Revoked) — Category II;

811.540 (Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer: Felony Only) — Category II;

811.705 (Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver to Person Injured) — Category II;

813.010 (DUII: Felony Only) — Category II.

Any crime that requires the fire service professional or instructor to register as a sex offender. “Attempt,” “Solicitation,” or “Conspiracy” to commit a crime listed in ORS 137.700 or in any other jurisdiction that, if committed in this state would constitute an attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit a crime listed in 137.700 (and identified in OAR 259-009-0070(3)). Conviction of felony or Class A misdemeanor “Attempt”, “Solicitation” or “Conspiracy” to commit a crime identified in this rule as a discretionary disqualifier.

(d) If a fire service professional or instructor held certification on or before January 15, 2008 and applies for a new certification, the Department will proceed as follows:

(A) No action will be taken on a discretionary conviction that occurred prior to January 15, 2003.

(B) The Department will not initiate revocation proceedings based on a discretionary disqualifying conviction that occurred between January 15, 2003 and January 15, 2008.

(C) The Department may initiate denial of a new certification based on a discretionary disqualifying conviction that occurred between January 15, 2003 and January 15, 2008.

(e) If a fire service professional or instructor held certification on January 15, 2008 and applies for or obtains certification after that date, the Department may initiate denial or revocation of all certifications held based on a discretionary disqualifying conviction that occurred prior to January 15, 2008.

(f) If a fire service professional or instructor is convicted of a discretionary disqualifying crime on or after January 15, 2008, the Department may initiate a denial or revocation of all certification(s) upon learning of the conviction.

Initial Minimum Periods of Ineligibility

(5) Upon determination to proceed with the denial or revocation of a fire service professional’s or instructor’s certification based on discretionary disqualifying misconduct identified in section (4), the Fire Policy Committee and Board will determine an initial minimum period of ineligibility to apply for certification. The initial minimum period of ineligibility will range from 30 days to 7 (seven) years.

(a) In determining the initial minimum period of ineligibility for discretionary disqualifying misconduct listed in section (4) of this rule, the Fire Policy Committee and the Board will take into consideration any aggravating or mitigating factors subject to the provisions of section (7) of this rule.

(b) A person is not eligible to reapply for training or certification if the person had training or certification denied or revoked for mandatory grounds identified in section (3) of this rule.

(c) The initial minimum period of ineligibility will be included in any Final Order of the Department.

(d) Any subsequent eligibility to apply for certification will be determined by the Board, after a review by the Fire Policy Committee, subject to the provisions of section (9) of this rule.

Procedure for Denial or Revocation of a Certificate

(6) Scope of Revocation. Except as provided in (4) above, when the Department denies or revokes the certification of any fire service professional or instructor under the provisions of OAR 259-009-0070, the revocation will encompass all fire service certificates the Department has issued to that person.

(7) Denial and Revocation Procedure.

(a) Agency Initiated Review: When the entity utilizing a fire service professional or instructor requests that a fire service professional’s or instructor’s certification be revoked or denied, it must submit in writing to the Department the reason for the requested revocation or denial and all factual information supporting the request.

(b) Department Initiated Review: Upon receipt of factual information from any source, and pursuant to ORS 181.662, the Department may request that the fire service professional’s or instructor’s certification be revoked or denied.

(c) Department Staff Review: When the Department receives information, from any source, that a fire service professional or instructor may not meet the established standards for Oregon fire service professionals or instructors, the Department will review the request and the supporting factual information to determine if the request for denial or revocation meets statutory and administrative rule requirements.

(A) If the reason for the request does not meet the statutory and administrative rule requirements for denial or revocation the Department will notify the requestor.

(B) If the reason for the request does meet statutory and administrative rule requirements but is not supported by adequate factual information, the Department will request further information from the employer or conduct its own investigation of the matter.

(C) If the Department determines that a fire service professional or instructor may have engaged in discretionary disqualifying misconduct listed in subsection (4), the case may be presented to the Board, through the Fire Policy Committee.

(D) The Department will seek input from the affected fire service professional or instructor, allowing him or her to provide, in writing, information for the Fire Policy Committee and Board’s review.

(E) In misconduct cases in which there has been an arbitrator’s opinion related to the fire service professional’s or instructor’s employment, the Department will proceed as follows:

(i) If the arbitrator’s opinion finds that underlying facts supported the allegations of misconduct, the department will proceed as identified in paragraphs (A) through (D) of this subsection.

(ii) If the arbitrator has ordered employment reinstatement after a discharge for cause without a finding related to whether the misconduct occurred, the Department will proceed as identified in paragraphs (A) through (D) of this subsection.

(iii) If the arbitrator’s opinion finds that underlying facts did not support the allegation(s) of misconduct, the Department will proceed as identified in paragraph (A) of this subsection and administratively close the matter.

(d) Policy Committee and Board Review: In making a decision to authorize initiation of proceedings under subsection (e) of this rule, based on discretionary disqualifying misconduct, the Fire Policy Committee and Board will consider mitigating and aggravating circumstances including, but not limited to the following:

(A) When the misconduct occurred in relation to the fire service professional’s or instructor’s service as a fire service professional or instructor (i.e., before, during, after);

(B) Whether the fire service professional or instructor served time in prison/jail; and if so, the length of incarceration;

(C) Whether restitution was ordered, and if so, whether the fire service professional or instructor met all obligations;

(D) Whether the fire service professional or instructor has ever been on parole or probation. If so, the date on which the parole or probation period expired or is set to expire;

(E) Whether the fire service professional or instructor has more than one conviction and if so, over what period of time;

(F) Whether the misconduct involved domestic violence;

(G) Whether the fire service professional or instructor self-reported the misconduct;

(H) Whether the conduct involved dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;

(I) Whether the conduct was prejudicial to the administration of justice;

(J) Whether the conduct adversely reflects on the fitness of the fire service professional or instructor to perform as a fire service professional or instructor;

(K) Whether the conduct makes the fire service professional or instructor otherwise unfit to render effective service because of the agency’s or public’s loss of confidence that the fire service professional or instructor possesses the core values integral to the fire service profession; and

(L) What the fire service professional’s or instructor’s physical or emotional condition was at the time of the conduct.

(e) Initiation of Proceedings: Upon determination by the policy committee that the reason for denial or revocation is supported by factual data meeting the statutory and administrative rule requirements, a contested case notice will be prepared and served on the fire service professional or instructor.

(f) Contested Case Notice:

(A) All contested case notices will be prepared in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Attorney General’s Model Rules of Procedures adopted under OAR 259-005-0015.

(B) In discretionary cases heard by a policy committee, the contested case notice will be served on the fire service professional or instructor prior to Board review. If the Board disapproves the policy committee’s recommendation, the Department will withdraw the Contested Case Notice.

(g) Response Time:

(A) A party who has been served with a “Contested Case Notice of Intent to Deny Certification” has 60 days from the date of mailing or personal service of the notice in which to file a written request for a hearing with the Department.

(B) A party who has been served with a “Contested Case Notice of Intent to Revoke Certification” has 20 days from the date of mailing or personal service of the notice in which to file a written request for a hearing with the Department.

(h) Default Order: If a timely request for a hearing is not received, the Contested Case Notice will become a final order revoking or denying certification pursuant to OAR 137-003-0672, pending Board affirmation.

(i) Hearing Request: If a timely request for a hearing is received, the Department will refer the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings in accordance with OAR 137-003-0515.

(j) Proposed and Final Orders:

(A) In cases in which a hearing is requested, proposed orders, exceptions, and final orders will be issued pursuant to the applicable provision of the Attorney General’s Model Rules of Procedure adopted under OAR 259-005-0015.

(B) Department-proposed amendments to a proposed order issued by an Administrative Law Judge in a case that was originally heard by a policy committee must be considered and approved by the policy committee that originally reviewed the case before a final order can be issued.

(k) Stipulated Order Revoking Certification: The Department may enter a stipulated order revoking the certification of a fire service professional or instructor upon the person’s voluntary agreement to terminate an administrative proceeding to revoke a certification, or to relinquish a certification under the terms and conditions outlined in the stipulated order.

Appeals, Reapplication, and Eligibility Determinations

(8) Appeal Procedure. A fire service professional or instructor, aggrieved by the findings and Order of the Department may, as provided in ORS 183.480, file an appeal with the Court of Appeals from the final Order of the Department.

(9) Reapplication Process.

(a) Any fire service professional or instructor whose certification has been denied or revoked under section (4) of this rule for discretionary disqualifying misconduct may reapply for certification within the applicable timeframes described in (4) and (5) of this rule.

(b) Any fire service professional or instructor whose certification has been denied or revoked based on discretionary disqualifying misconduct may not reapply for certification until:

(A) The initial minimum period of ineligibility stated in an Order of the Department denying or revoking certification has been satisfied;

(i) If the initial period of ineligibility for the individual was for a period of less than the maximum period identified in section (4) of this rule, and the Board determines that an individual must remain ineligible to apply for certification, then the individual may not reapply for certification under the provisions of this rule until the maximum initial period of ineligibility identified in (5) of this rule has been satisfied.

(ii) If the individual has satisfied the maximum initial period of ineligibility and the Board determines that an individual must remain ineligible to apply for certification, then the individual may not submit any further requests for an eligibility determination, and the original denial or revocation remains permanent.

(B) A written request for an eligibility determination has been submitted to the Department and the Fire Policy Committee has recommended that a fire service professional’s or instructor’s eligibility to apply for fire service or instructor certification be restored and the Board has upheld the recommendation;

(i) A request for an eligibility determination should include documentation or information that supports the fire service professional’s or instructor’s request for eligibility to apply for certification.

(ii) In considering a request for an eligibility determination, the Fire Policy Committee and the Board may consider mitigating and aggravating circumstances identified in Section (7)(d) of this rule.

(iii) After reviewing a written request for an eligibility determination, the Board, through the Fire Policy Committee, may determine that the individual’s eligibility to apply for certification be restored if the criteria for certification have been met; or determine that the factors that originally resulted in denial or revocation have not been satisfactorily mitigated and the individual must remain ineligible to apply for certification.

(C) The fire service professional or instructor is employed or utilized by a fire service agency; and

(D) All requirements for certification have been met.

[ED. NOTE: Tables referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640, 181.661, 181.662, 181.664 & 183.341
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640, 181.661, 181.662 & 181.664
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 3-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-08; DPSST 7-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-09; DPSST 7-2010, f. 7-15-10, cert. ef. 8-1-10; DPSST 1-2011, f. 2-24-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11; DPSST 11-2011, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11; DPSST 19-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-31-12; DPSST 7-2013, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-13; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13; DPSST 4-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-28-14

259-009-0080

Certification of Instructors

(1) The Department will certify instructors deemed qualified to teach in any of the certified training courses.

(2) Instructors will be certified on the basis of minimum qualifications as established by the Department in areas of education, training, and experience. It is the continuing responsibility of the Department to see that instructors are qualified to teach.

(3) Instructors for subjects must:

(a) Be certified or trained in the subject area they are teaching;

(b) Be certified as an NFPA Fire Instructor I or be a Content Expert.

(A) Applications for instructor certification must be submitted to the Department on an Instructor Certification Application (DPSST Form F-9F).

(B) Applications for Content Expert instructor certification must be submitted to the Department on an Instructor Certification Application (DPSST Form F-9F) and must be accompanied by a detailed resume of individual qualifications.

(4) If an application for Instructor or Content Expert Instructor certification is incomplete, the application will be rejected and the applicant notified in writing of the reasons for the rejection.

(5) Instructor certification is not required for teaching assignments in non-Department certified courses.

(6) Review of instructor certification may be initiated upon the request of an agency head, staff, or other reliable source.

(7) Instructor or Content Expert Instructor certification must be renewed upon the expiration of course certification or when there is a change to the certified course standard.

(8) Instructors delivering a certified course are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the student rosters by indicating if students passed, failed or did not complete the course (incomplete). Rosters must be submitted to the Department on a Department-approved form within thirty (30) calendar days of course completion; otherwise the Department may decertify the course.

(9) Instructors are responsible to provide students with a Department-approved Notice of Course Completion (NOCC) form upon successful completion of the approved course.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640 & 181.650
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640 & 181.650
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 5-24-05; DPSST 8-2013, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-13

259-009-0085

Certification of Courses and Classes

(1) The Department will certify courses, and classes deemed adequate to effectively teach one or more approved fire subject(s) to fire service personnel.

(2) Certification will be based on the evaluation of course curriculum or subjects for instruction.

(3) Facilities and equipment used for certified training will be accessible to all interested and qualified individuals.

(4) The Department will certify courses at the content level. Courses certified at the content level require student demonstration of acquired knowledge, skills, or abilities. Agencies, organizations, or individuals requesting course certification at the content level must submit an application to certify a course (DPSST Form F-20), accompanied by clearly-defined NFPA standards for job performance requirements, curriculum, test questions or evaluation criteria, and evidence of instructor certification as provided in OAR 259-009-0080. Curriculum submitted to DPSST becomes the property of DPSST.

(5) The Department must notify the requesting agency, organization or individual, in writing, of the denial or the granted level of course certification. If certification is granted, the instructor must submit an Application to Instruct an Approved DPSST Course (DPSST Form F-9F) to obtain rosters and a Notice of Course Completion (NOCC).

(6) It is the responsibility of the requesting agency, organization, or individual, to:

(a) Oversee the preparation of curriculum and to ensure its compliance with the requirements of the Department;

(b) Obtain a facility and instructor(s) to be used for the course, and ensure their compliance with the requirement of the Department;

(c) Develop rules and regulations governing the operation of the facility and the conduct of the trainees;

(d) Administer the course;

(e) Maintain an accurate record of attendance; and

(f) Maintain all forms required by the Department, forwarding them within the stipulated time period.

(7) Once a course is certified, it remains certified for unlimited delivery for five years, unless there is a significant change in course content, number of hours or instructor; or unless it is decertified by the Department as provided in section (9) of this rule. The Department must be notified of significant changes.

(8) All course certification will expire on December 31st of the fifth year after the initial approval date. Agencies, organizations or individuals must request recertification to continue a course for each additional five years.

(9) The Department must decertify a course whenever that course is deemed inadequate. The course may be recertified by the Department when satisfactory proof has been presented to the Department that the deficiencies have been corrected.

(10) Fire service agencies may accredit their training programs as provided in OAR 259-009-0087.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640 & 181.650
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640 & 181.650
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 5-24-05; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0087

Accreditation of Fire Service Agency Training Programs

(1) The Department may accredit fire service agency training programs which meet the following requirements:

(a) The program is under the direction of a designated training officer;

(b) Qualified instructors are provided to teach the various subjects;

(c) The organizational structure of the program is submitted to the Department along with course outlines of subject content, instructor qualifications, and the appropriate application form for accreditation. A plan must be included which explains how the required training hours will be provided; and

(d) The training officer annually schedules and makes available to fire service personnel the following minimum hours of acceptable education training:

DISCIPLINE — HOURS PER YEAR

Fire Suppression Personnel — 60 Hours

All Other Disciplines — 12 Hours

Instructor I, II, III — 4 Hours

(e) At the conclusion of the training program or as a part of the accredited training, the training officer will require appropriate written examination or task performance examination in accordance with standards and procedures adopted by the Department.

(f) Fire Service Personnel training records must be maintained by the employing fire service agency for at least five years.

(g) The fire service agency will possess at least one triple combination pumper that conforms to the minimum standards for automotive fire apparatus as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Pamphlet #1901. Apparatus may be accepted by judgment of the Department when it is of a special fire suppression need and will adequately meet the training needs of the proposed program.

(h) A written accreditation agreement must be prepared by the Department, defining the specific requirements of accreditation, including the specific training the fire service agency is accredited to deliver. The agreement must be signed by the Department's designee, the head of the fire service agency, city manager or chairman of the rural fire protection district board, and the training officer. The accreditation agreement must be reviewed every three years.

(A) The review will consist of a written questionnaire which must be verified by the Agency representative.

(B) An on-sight review must occur if there is a change in the accreditation agreement.

(C) The Agency head will agree as a part of the accreditation agreement to allow, at any time, access by Department examiners to the fire service agency's personnel training records to verify training received by fire service agency personnel and to monitor testing processes.

(2) The Agency head, on behalf of the fire service agency, will have the right to appeal to the Department any proposed termination of the agreement.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640 & 181.650
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640 & 181.650
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-23-04; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0090

Training Records

(1) Upon receipt by the Department of a Personnel Agency Form, properly identifying a fire service professional, the Department will initiate a file for that individual and record completion of approved training, as well as other personnel information, if properly documented.

(2) Upon display of proper identification, an agency head or authorized representative may review their employee's file as maintained by the Department. Proper identification will also be required of individuals interested in reviewing their own file.

(3) All requests for copies of training records must be made in writing.

(4) Review or release of non-public information under Oregon law to other than the individual whose file is the subject of the information request or to the employing public or private fire safety agency will only be permitted by the Department upon advisement by the Attorney General, by court order or with a signed consent from the individual whose file is the subject of the information request.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

259-009-0100

Miscellaneous Activities of the Board or Department

(1) The Board or Department may make or encourage studies of any aspect of fire administration, including the stimulation of research by public and private agencies which will be designed to improve the Fire Protection System.

(2) The Board or Department may cooperate and consult with counties, municipalities, agencies of this State, other governmental agencies, and with universities, colleges, community colleges, and other institutions concerning the development of fire safety training schools and programs or courses of instruction.

(3) The Board or Department may cooperate and consult with official bodies or individuals charged by law with the responsibility for fire selection and training standards in other states.

(4) The Board or Department may periodically publish or recommend that other governmental agencies publish curricula, manuals, lesson plans, brochures, newsletters, and other materials to aid departments in achieving the objectives of the Act.

(5) The Department may direct, operate, or sponsor training schools and set reasonable rules and regulations for the operation and use by trainees.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640
Hist.: BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02; DPSST 22-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-13

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