Thread: Texas Firefighter Reciprocity
11-18-2013, 05:58 PM #1
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- May 2013
Texas Firefighter Reciprocity
Hi guys, i need some help.
I live in ohio, and got my ff lv2 while in high school as well as my emt basic. Im thinking of moving to texas and start building a life there and setting down some roots. Ive been thinking about doing this for a while and am now seriously looking into the details of moving down there. But what i really want to knowis will my ff lv2 carry over. Ive tried to find an answer on line and i cant seem to find a clear cut answer. Or really any answer, or a number i can call to get answer.
So here i am. Does anyone know right off the bat? Or a website or number i can call? I would really appreciate any imput, THANK YOU!!!
11-19-2013, 09:10 AM #2
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- Apr 2004
- Bossier Parrish, Louisiana
Texas has a very unique system where volunteer training and certification is managed by one agency and career training and certification is handled by a second agency.
They have some reciprocity with other states but often because of the two-tiered system, it's limited.
On the EMS side, if you are National Registry, they will allow you to operate under NR until you expire. At that point will have to retest for TX certification.
As a volunteer you will be dealing with the SFFMA - State Fireman's and Fire Marshal's Association of Texas - which is the organization that sets the standards for volunteer members.
I posted their website: http://www.sffma.org/
They are the agency that sets up most of the training in TX that we attend, in conjunction with TEEX, which is the state training agency through the Texas A & M system.
If you are looking for a career position, you would be dealing with the Texas Commission on Fire and the standards that they set for career members.
Here is their website: http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/index.asp
Last edited by LaFireEducator; 11-19-2013 at 10:56 AM.Train to fight the fires you fight.
11-19-2013, 11:46 AM #3
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BEST advice call certification direct and ask all questions and make sure you get correct paperwork to them
05-31-2014, 02:37 PM #4
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My name is Bill Hicks and I am in my 18th year in the fire service, and currently serve as a fire chief. I am also a doctoral candidate at Eastern Kentucky University and my dissertation topic involves investigating the current status of firefighter reciprocity among the 50 states. I am seeking members of the fire service who may have experience in moving from state to state and seeking reciprocity, or recognition of certification issued by your old state, in a new state. Also, if you came from the military and sought reciprocity for DOD certificates, I would like to hear from you as well. If you have not experienced this, please forward the link below to anyone who you may know that has done this.
For those that have such experiences, I am humbly asking you to give 5 minutes of your time to answer a short series of question found at the link below on your experiences with seeking reciprocity, or recognition when you moved from one state to another, regardless of being paid or volunteer members in your department.
Also at the end of the survey you will have a space to share any experiences you may have had when dealing with reciprocity of fire service certifications in your department and with your state. Also feel free to forward this to any fire service member(s) who you feel would have something to say on the topic.
Your anonymity is protected throughout the process. Just click or copy the link below to begin.
Also, if you would like to share your experiences with me in more depth after taking part in the survey, please leave your email in the beginning of the comments section at the end of the survey.
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