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    I am drawing blanks trying to find a Standard or recommendation for Chief officers or even a standard job description for a chief officer (VOLUNTEER)... and PA laws that regard the fire service. If anyone can help me it would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFEMTMILLER View Post
    I am drawing blanks trying to find a Standard or recommendation for Chief officers or even a standard job description for a chief officer (VOLUNTEER)... and PA laws that regard the fire service. If anyone can help me it would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    You might start with NFPA 1021. It seems like the IAFC had some recommendations at one time, but I'm not finding them (not that I spent a long time looking). I'll see if I've got a link on my home computer when I get off tomorrow.

    There are some generic job descriptions out there that you can modify to fit your needs. When we drafted ours, we took several examples we found and fit them to what we wanted.

    As for the PA laws, there should be a website off of the state's official site that ought to go to the state statutes, or you could make contact with PA's equivalent of the fire marshal's office to see where they can point you to.

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    Sadly, in PA, there are no requirements to be a Chief Officer. For that matter, it trickles down that there are no requirements to be a firefighter either. There are "recommendations" by a few agencies, but nothing that is mandated fire training wise.

    The only Mandate's I can think of are Federal to include NIMS & OSHA (Haz-Mat Awareness)

    I'm also in Montco, and we recently changed our SOP's to reflect the times and our requirements are now similar to that of the DoD standards.
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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    Thanks for everyones time, i no their are no specific qualifications and NFPA 1021 only addresses the certification of such i believe. I thought (probably incorrectly) that NFPA or someone had a duties of a chief or recommendations i.e. 25 5 years experience etc. I am trying to implement some and they have to start at the top thanks.
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    Keith, shoot me a pm with your email, and I will send you what we mandated.
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTFIRE80 View Post
    Keith, shoot me a pm with your email, and I will send you what we mandated.
    Pssssttt... he posted his email address on his first post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch22 View Post
    Pssssttt... he posted his email address on his first post.
    Whoo, a rough day all around for me. First, I go to work this morning...and apparently I'm on vacation for the week, and now this?? What's next??

    Oh the life of being Polish!!
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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