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    Default Combination Departments

    Anybody know of in rules or laws in Texas from NFPA or TCFP on a volunteer Cheif in the SOP and having the power to remove a Paid fire officer from command of a fire scene. We work in a combination dept. and the SOP are wrote that the VOL. cheif can have command over the paid staff, the vollies all free lance, Vol. Cheif refuses to keep these guys in line. PLEASE HELP! before someone gets hurt.

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    Default Here are somethings to consider

    I recommend that you start with your state fire academy. Ask for the qualifications to be an incident commander, fire officer, chief officer. My state uses the NPQ system. Our state academy has a list of classes you must complete to obtain each certification. Then there are annual requirements to maintain each certifications

    I work in a combination department myself. We have a chief of the volunteers. He is more than qualified to function as a command officer.
    He has more training and certifications than many of our career officers. Most anytime he shows up at one my fire scenes I ask him to take sector command somewhere. However policy is any volunteer is subordinate to lowest ranking career firefighter on scene.

    I have found that most volunteers want to do a good job. They just need to be guided in the right direction no different than career firefighters. I would recommend that you call this volunteer chief. Ask for a meeting. Have your facts together. Express your concerns as a group, (Safety, Accountablity, Free Lancing, Training) whatever your concerns are. Don't attack him, stay on point and document your meeting. Your goal should be to have a positive meeting with positive outcomes.

    When fire is cried and danger is neigh,
    "God and the firemen" is the people's cry;
    But when 'tis out and all things righted,
    God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
    ~Author unknown, from The Fireman's Journal, 18 Oct 1879

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