Posted: 07 November 2016
RULE NOS.: RULE TITLES:
69A-37.039 Prescribed Forms for Training and Certification
69A-37.502 Firefighter Assistance Grant Program
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The Firefighter Assistance Grant Program was established pursuant to Section 633.135, F.S., within the Division of State Fire Marshal (Division) to improve the emergency response capability of volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments by providing financial assistance to provide firefighting, emergency medical, and rescue services to their communities. The Division is required to administer the program and annually award grants to such fire departments using the annual Florida Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey. The purpose of the grants is to provide funding to such fire departments to use to provide volunteer firefighter training and procure necessary firefighter personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus equipment, and fire engine pumper apparatus equipment. The Division shall prioritize the annual award of grants to combination fire departments and volunteer fire departments demonstrating need as a result of participating in the annual Florida Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey. The proposed rules will implement the Firefighter Assistance Grant Program.
SUMMARY: Rule 69A-37.039, F.A.C., adopts the Application for Firefighter Assistance Grant Program form. Proposed Rule 69A-37.501, F.A.C., defines terms and incorporates by reference the standards in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®) 1851 for personal protective equipment, NFPA® 1852 for self-contained breathing apparatus, and Chapter 5 of NFPA® 1901 for pumper fire apparatus. Proposed Rule 69A-37.502, F.A.C., sets forth the eligibility requirements and application procedures for fire service providers to participate in the grant program; provides that the Division will provide the classroom part of volunteer firefighting training using online instruction at no cost to the fire department or student and reimburse expenditures for practical skill training; and establishes the criteria that will be used by the Division in awarding grants for the purchase of firefighter personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, and pumper fire apparatus.
SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS AND LEGISLATIVE RATIFICATION: The Agency has determined that this will not have an adverse impact on small business or likely increase directly or indirectly regulatory costs in excess of $200,000 in the aggregate within one year after the implementation of the rule. A SERC has not been prepared by the Agency.
The Agency has determined that the proposed rule is not expected to require legislative ratification based on the statement of estimated regulatory costs or if no SERC is required, the information expressly relied upon and described herein: The Department conducted an economic analysis of the potential impact of the proposed rule and determined that there will be no adverse economic impact or regulatory increases that would require legislative ratification.
Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.
RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 633.135, FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 633.135, FS.
IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW (IF NOT REQUESTED, THIS HEARING WILL NOT BE HELD):
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 3:00 P.M.
PLACE: Florida State Fire College, 11655 NW Gainesville Road, Ocala, Florida.
You may participate in the hearing (if requested) via teleconference by calling (850) 413-1558 and using Conference ID No. 581700.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Mike Tucker, telephone: (352) 369-2829, email: Mike.Tucker@myfloridacfo.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Mike Tucker, Superintendent, Florida State Fire College, address: 11655 NW Gainesville Road, Ocala, Florida 34482-1486, telephone: (352) 369-2829, email: Mike.Tucker@myfloridacfo.com
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EVENT: Great Florida Fire School
WHEN: November 09 - 13, 2016
WHERE: South Florida State College, Avon Park,, FL
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EVENT: 2016 Safety and Health Conference
WHEN: December 05 - 07, 2016
WHERE: The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL
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