Section VI-3

Requirements for Officers

Purpose:  To establish minimum guidelines for Officers of the Command Staff to achieve in order to efficiently and effectively lead firefighters to successful completion of their mission.

Scope:   These guidelines are applicable to all Officers of the command staff, prospective Officers and Chiefs, or firefighters desiring to become an Officer.

Policy:

Along with all training requirements outlined in Section I-3 and VI-2, prospective Officers are required to have successfully completed requirements below or their recognized equivalent. 

Training in incident command and management is also required and must include the Incident Command System (ICS) NIMS ICS 300 & ICS 400, along with an overview of the leadership skills and tools needed to supervise and command effectively in the fire service environment. 

Lieutenants

Each Lieutenant shall meet the following qualifications, along with all training requirements outlined in Section I-3 and VI-2,  Requirements not being met will be achieved within a specified time frame designated at time of promotion to position:

Leadership I

Leadership II

Managing Company Tactical Operations Preparation

Managing Company Tactical Operations Decision Making

Managing Company Tactical Operations Tactics

Managing Company Tactical Operations Simulations

Building Construction

Introduction to Fire Department Pumpers

A minimum of 25 hours of additional classes obtained and recognized through any state, county or national level, including college equivalent courses.  Conferences attended will be given credit.

Captain

The Captain shall meet the following qualifications, along with all training requirements outlined in Section I-3, VI-2, and all those listed above for the Lieutenant.  Requirements not being met will be achieved within a specified time frame designated at time of promotion to position:

A minimum of 35 hours of additional classes obtained and recognized through any state, county or national level, including college equivalent courses.  Conferences attended will be given credit.

Assistant Fire Chief

The Assistant Fire Chief shall meet the following qualifications, along with all training requirements outlined in Section I-3, VI-2 and all those listed above for the Lieutenant and Captain.  Requirements not being met will be achieved within a specified time frame designated at time of promotion to position:

A minimum of 45 hours of additional classes obtained and recognized through any state, county or region.

Fire Chief

The Fire Chief shall meet the following qualifications, along with all training requirements outlined in Section I-3, VI-2 and all those listed above for the Lieutenant, Captain and the Assistant Fire ChiefRequirements not being met will be achieved within a specified time frame designated at time of promotion to position:

A minimum of 65 hours of additional classes obtained and recognized through any state, county or region.

Officers are charged with providing additional training of personnel apart from Three Star Fire Department sponsored programs, both formally and as part of their mentoring duties with Probationary Firefighters.  In the absence of a training Officer, the Assistant Fire Chief shall oversee the program and achieve qualification of Certified Instructor I.

Each time an Officer engages in training of personnel he/she shall report to the Training Officer and a Chief Officer detailing such training and the personnel involved. 

The Training Officer will maintain copies for his/her files.  The only exception to this is in the case of driver training:  firefighters participating in driver training are responsible for maintaining their own records detailing their hours and progress.  They will make their progress available to the Training Officer or Fire Chief or their designate upon request.