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2016 Florida Statutes

SECTION 414
Retention of firefighter and volunteer firefighter certifications.
F.S. 633.414
633.414 Retention of firefighter and volunteer firefighter certifications.
(1) In order for a firefighter to retain her or his Firefighter Certificate of Compliance, every 4 years he or she must meet the requirements for renewal provided in this chapter and by rule, which must include at least one of the following:
(a) Be active as a firefighter.
(b) Maintain a current and valid fire service instructor certificate, instruct at least 40 hours during the 4-year period, and provide proof of such instruction to the division, which proof must be registered in an electronic database designated by the division.
(c) Within 6 months before the 4-year period expires, successfully complete a Firefighter Retention Refresher Course consisting of a minimum of 40 hours of training to be prescribed by rule.
(d) Within 6 months before the 4-year period expires, successfully retake and pass the Minimum Standards Course examination pursuant to s. 633.408.
(2) In order for a volunteer firefighter to retain her or his Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion, every 4 years he or she must:
(a) Be active as a volunteer firefighter; or
(b) Successfully complete a refresher course consisting of a minimum of 40 hours of training to be prescribed by rule.
(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to state-certified firefighters who are certified and employed full-time, as determined by the fire service provider, as firesafety inspectors or fire investigators, regardless of their employment status as firefighters or volunteer firefighters.
(4) For the purposes of this section, the term “active” means being employed as a firefighter or providing service as a volunteer firefighter for a cumulative period of 6 months within a 4-year period.
(5) The 4-year period begins upon issuance of the certificate or separation from employment.
(6) A certificate for a firefighter or volunteer firefighter expires if he or she fails to meet the requirements of this section.
(7) The State Fire Marshal may deny, refuse to renew, suspend, or revoke the certificate of a firefighter or volunteer firefighter if the State Fire Marshal finds that any of the following grounds exists:
(a) Any cause for which issuance of a certificate could have been denied if it had then existed and had been known to the division.
(b) A violation of any provision of this chapter or any rule or order of the State Fire Marshal.
(c) Falsification of a record relating to any certificate issued by the division.
History.s. 17, ch. 95-379; s. 437, ch. 97-102; s. 54, ch. 2010-176; s. 61, ch. 2013-183; s. 25, ch. 2016-132.
Note.Former s. 633.352.