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Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)

    • Next Review Date: 2020-2021 Review Cycle - 87th Legislative Session
    • Last Review Date: 2008-2009 Review Cycle - 81st Legislative Session

    Sunset Review Documents for 2008-2009 Review Cycle, 81st Legislative Session

    Legislative Documents

    Final Results from Last Sunset Report

    The Legislature adopted elements of all of the Sunset Commission’s recommendations, scaling back the recommendation for more independent policy making by the Fire Commission and adding provisions to expand the pool of persons eligible to serve on the Commission.  The bill continued the Commission as an independent agency for twelve years, and focused the agency more squarely on its mission to certify and regulate the paid fire service to ensure the safety of the public and fire service personnel.  The list below summarizes the major provisions of Senate Bill 1011.

    • Authorizes the Commission to decide and implement policy more independently of the Fire Fighter Advisory Committee.
    • Repeals the Commission’s Fire Department Emergency Program and transfer the grants program to the Texas Forest Service, with volunteer and paid fire departments to be eligible to apply for grants.
    • Conforms key elements of the Commission’s certification and regulatory functions to commonly applied licensing practices.
    • Continues the Texas Commission on Fire Protection for 12 years, with an increased focus on preventing fire fighter injuries.
    • Modifies Commission member eligibility criteria to keep pace with changes in local communities and the fire service.
    • Ensures unbiased appointment of persons to serve on the Fire Fighter Advisory Committee.
    • Ensures state and federal entities coordinate when deploying fire service resources during a disaster.