At this time (February 1st) we're waiting on the data transfer project to conclude before making the 2016 Progress Report available. The report will be submitted through the 3.1 site and the Certification Board has not yet set a due date. As soon as it is available, Austin staff will post instructions to the 3.1 landing page and cross post to Facebook.

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Certain definitions are used in describing the minimum standards and related requirements as suggested by the Board, including but not limited to:

  1. Volunteer – a non-career professional
  2. Board – The Texas Volunteer Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Certification Board
  3. Chairman – the presiding officer of the Board
  4. Department – a fire department that utilizes fire suppression and/or prevention personnel and/or search and rescue personnel
  5. Fire Chief – the head of the fire department
  6. Certification Coordinator – the official person in charge of setting up, maintaining and validating all of the certification records
  7. Austin Office – certification department of SFFMA
  8. Active Firefighter – an individual 18 years of age or older who participates in a minimum of 20 clock hours of training (including Continuing Education) per year, response participation required by the AHJ, and the Certification Program approved by the SFFMA by the submission of an annual progress report of training earned
  9. Trainee – a member of the fire department who has not satisfied the requirements of the certification in question
  10. School – any school, college, university, academy, or local training program which offers fire service training and includes within its meaning the combination of course curriculum, instructors and facilities
  11. Requirement – a description of a provision, which relates to suggested minimum standards
  12. Specification – a description of a requirement supplementing a section of the regulations
  13. Examination – a Board-approved test administered by the Board and/or a Board-approved examiner, which an individual must pass as one of the requirements for accredited certification
  14. Curriculum – the objectives established by the Board as a minimum requirement for certification
  15. Objective – the numbered criteria required for mastery of each numbered statement
  16. Eligibility – a determination of whether or not an individual has met the requirements set by the Board and would therefore be allowed to take a Board examination(s)
  17. Eligibility Endorsement – A signed statement testifying to the fact that an individual has met the required training objectives of a Board-approved curriculum and is qualified to take a Board-approved examination of such level
  18. Examinee – An individual who has met the Board requirements and therefore qualifies to take a Board-approved examination
  19. Examiner – An individual appointed and/or approved by the Board or Board member to administer a Board-approved examination(s)
  20. Certificate of Successful Completion – A document supplied by the SFFMA which identifies and shall be used as proof that an individual has completed the required training and has successfully passed the Board-approved examination(s) for certification.
  21. AHJ – Authority Having Jurisdiction
  22. FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
  23. ICS – Incident Command System
  24. IFSTA – International Fire Service Training Association
  25. NFIRS – National Fire Incident Reporting System
  26. NIMS – National Incident Management System
  27. NFA – National Fire Academy
  28. NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
  29. NWCG – National Wildfire Coordinating Group
  30. TCFP – Texas Commission on Fire Protection
  31. IFSAC – International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
  32. Pro Board – Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System