Location:
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS; FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND FIREMEN;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations; Program Description;

OLR Research Report


January 25, 2011

 

2011-R-0043

COMMISSION ON FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL

By: Veronica Rose, Chief Analyst

You asked for brief information on the duties and composition of the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.

The Commission on Fire Prevention and Control was established in 1975. It is within the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for administrative purposes only (CGS 7-323k). Its stated mission is to “prevent or mitigate the effects of fire and disasters, either natural or man-made, on the citizens of the State of Connecticut.” The commission has primary responsibility for providing training, life safety education, and professional competency certification to Connecticut fire service personnel. By law, it must, among other things:

1. recommend minimum standards for firefighter applicants,

2. set education and training standards for fire service personnel and develop and conduct examinations for certifying them, and

3. conduct firefighter training and education programs (CGS 7-323l).

The commission is responsible for appointing a state fire administrator to head the state Office of State Fire Administration. The state fire administrator must, among other things:

1. administer the state's responsibilities under federal laws relevant to fire service,

2. develop a master fire prevention and control plan,

3. operate and maintain a state fire school,

4. carry out a range of specified services related to fire prevention and control, and

5. perform other functions the commission devises (CGS 7-323o).

The commission currently has a staff of 18 (15 General Fund positions and three privately funded positions) to help the state fire administrator carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of the commission and approximately 200 per diem fire instructors.

The commission consists of 12 members appointed by the governor and qualified, by experience or education, in fire protection, fire prevention, fire suppression, firefighting, and related fields (CGS 7-323k). The members represent statewide fire service organizations and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). The state fire marshal or his designee and the community-technical colleges' chancellor or his designee are ex-officio, voting members. Table 1 shows the commission membership.

TABLE 1: COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP

Member Representing

Number

Connecticut State Firemen's Association

2

Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association

2

Uniformed Firefighters of the International Association of Firefighters, AFL-CIO

2

Connecticut Fire Marshals Association

2

Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association

2

CCM

2

The commission must meet where and as often as it deems proper. Its members serve without compensation (CGS 7-323k). The commission's main office is at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks.

The list of current commissioners is attached and also available here: http://www.ct.gov/cfpc/cwp/view.asp?a=831&Q=245574&cfpcPNavCtr=|30735|#30737

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