Cancellation of the GFSTC Council Meeting

Posted October 6, 2016
As Georgia is busy bracing for the effects of Hurricane Matthew, with extensive damage forecast for the coastal area, our fire service family is likely going to be affected either directly by location or through deployments for assistance.  The Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 2016 has been cancelled but will be held at a later date.

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COUNCIL MEETING OCTOBER 11, 2016

Posted October 3, 2016
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE GEORGIA FIREFIGHTER STANDARDS AND TRAINING COUNCIL IS SCHUEDULED FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016 AT 8:30 A.M.   THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT GFSTC OFFICE AT THE GEORGIA PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING CENTER
 
THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
AGENDA: 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
AGENCY UPDATE
DICUSSION ON STATE CERIFICATION FOR TECHNICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS (CARL RAYMOND)
GBI WILL NOT ISSUE ORI NUMBERS TO VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENTS
NEW DATABASE PRESENTATION
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN

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Job Annoucement: Compliance and Evaluation Manager

Posted July 18, 2016
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
 
APPLICATION PERIOD: July 20, 2016 – August 19, 2016
 
JOB TITLE:    Compliance and Evaluation Manager
                       
AGENCY:       Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
 
ENTRY LEVEL SALARY: $ 40,000.00 - $43,000.00 Depending on Experience
 
JOB SUMMARY:  This position is primarily responsible for ensuring compliance and evaluation of established professional and certification standards for individuals and fire service agencies.
 
MAJOR DUTIES:
 
  • Examines allegations or indications of non-compliance of statute, rules, policy, and/or procedures of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council. 
  • As warranted, conducts internal and/or external investigations as directed by the Executive Director.
  • Maintains a library of, and is thoroughly familiar with current statute, rules, policy, and procedures related to the agency.
  • Maintains a library of, and is thoroughly familiar with local, state, and national fire service professional standards. 
  • Coordinates the fire department audit program and compliance inspection procedures.
  • Schedules audits and compliance inspections for all Georgia certified fire agencies to insure adherence and compliance with statutes as specified by Georgia Code, and Rules and Regulations as promulgated by Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.
  • Completes reports and associated documentation and insures the compliance and /or non-compliance status is assigned to each agency.
  • Provides assistance and advice to agency managers and government officials as needed to insure each agency meets the minimum requirements as specified by Georgia Code and Council Rules and Regulations.
  • Schedules, Monitors, and Proctors Test and/or Evaluation Events for State and/or National Certification
  MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • Possess and maintain a current State of Georgia Driver’s License with no restrictions
  • US Citizen or have Legal Authorization to be in and work in the US
  • 18 Years of Age
  • High School Diploma, Home School Affidavit, or GED
  • Good Moral Character and Work Ethic
  • No DUI Arrest
  • Ability to furnish current Background Checks - Driving, Criminal (State & National), and Financial
  • Relocate to a specific area of the state if required to do so
  • Ability to Travel Mostly In State
 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Associates Degree or a Sufficient Combination of Training and/or Education that would correspond to a degree
  • Experience in the Fire Service or Related Fields
  • Above Average People Skills
  • Must be Self-Motivated and have Good Work Ethics
  • Above Average Written Skills
  • Honesty and Reliability
 
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:
 
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn fire service codes and standards, National Fire Protection Association Standards, relevant state laws, and agency policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn fire department operations and training procedures.  Experience with Career and/or Volunteer fire service members specific to the state of Georgia is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn to schedule, monitor, and proctor Test and/or Evaluation Events
  • Skill in record maintenance, and interview techniques.
  • Skill in using basic office machines, including computers.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • The ability to respond to inquiries and resolve GSFTC issues associated with fire departments and firefighters.
 An assessment interview designed to test the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities may be part of the hiring process.
 
Interested individuals must submit personal resume and a completed State of Georgia application https://dps.georgia.gov/sites/dps.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/stateapp.pdf to the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Office, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia 31029.  You can email the requested information to jmathis@gfstconline.org or ghenderson@gfstconline.org

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COUNCIL MEETING JULY 12, 2016

Posted June 29, 2016
The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is scheduled for Tuesday, July12, 2016 at 8:30 am.  The meeting will be held at the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Office at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Agenda:

OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM APPROVE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
AGENCY UPDATE
CERTIFICATION CONCERNS
POLICY DRAFT OF NON-REPORTING
POST POLICY STATEMENT O.C.G.A
§ 35-8-22
EXECUTIVE SESSION

OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN

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FF2 Program 2016

Posted June 3, 2016
The State of Georgia FF2 Training Program is now available on our website.  You may access it under Course Credit Lookup, View Downloadable. http://www.gfstconline.org/ff2program.php
The instructions for downloading the program into your computer can be found there. Or click on this link to a access the program.

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Welcome Peggy Willis - Administrative Assistant

Posted June 2, 2016
Peggy comes to us having worked at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center for the last 12 years.  She started work at Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training May 1, 2016.  Please join us in welcoming her to our agency.  She is going to be a great assest to our agency. 

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Council Meeting April 12, 2016

Posted April 5, 2016
The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:00 am.  The meeting will be held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Ballroom D. 

Agenda:
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM APPROVE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN

 

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GFSTC Office Closed April 4, 2016

Posted April 4, 2016
Due to City of Forsyth water main break, our office will be closed today. 

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Called Council Meeting March 28, 2016

Posted March 15, 2016
There will be a called GFSTC Council Webconference Meeting at 8:30 am on March 28, 2016. 

Agenda:
FF2 program
Fire Department Reporting/Non-reporting
GBI letter

To attend this Webconference please follow the directions below:

Participant PIN: 754518
Web Meeting URL: https://web.conferencing.live/go/gfstc01/myconference
Audio Dial-in Number: 866-730-7514 Toll-Free or 916-558-7514 Toll
 
If you have any questions, please give us a call at 478-993-4521.

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State Certification Requirements Effective January 1, 2016

Posted March 4, 2016
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STATE CERTIFICATION
With change sometimes comes confusion.  The addition of the requirement to complete skills for state firefighter certification has caused some confusion.  January 1, 2016, was the effective date for the GFSTC Rules and Regulations.  Anyone who has taken and passed the written exam after December 31, 2015, and has not successfully completed the requirement for skills as stated in 205-1-3-.04 Classifications of Fire Service Personnel in the GFSTC Rules and Regulations must complete skills within 12 months.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause but it is necessary to comply with the GFSTC Rules and Regulations.  Any questons, please contact GFSTC office.

Gordon Henderson

205-1-3-.04 Classifications of Fire Service Personnel.
(6) State Certified Fire Service Personnel


818 (d) How to become State Certified by Specific Classification:
819 1. State Certified Firefighter:
820 a. A Firefighter will be required to be trained and successfully pass both written and
821 skills testing for the level of Firefighter I and shall complete all requirements to
822 become a State Certified Firefighter within one year of the date of hire to maintain
823 employment and be in compliance with O.C.G.A. Title 25-4-8 & 25-4-9 and Rules
824 & Regulations of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.
825 b. The Firefighter shall pass the state certification test as approved by the Council.
826 c. Upon completion of all training and testing requirements, the fire department shall
827 complete a Certification Package and submit a Certification Application or
828 Compliance Request (Short) form for the candidate.

New or Updated forms regarding certifications on the website: 

Updated Certification Package with updated Certification Application - old forms will no longer be accepted
New - Volunteer Application Package - old forms will no longer be accepted
Updated Firefighter 1 and State Certified Firefighter Skills Sheets

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