Florida Senate - 2024                      CS for CS for SB 1262
       By the Committees on Rules; and Military and Veterans Affairs,
       Space, and Domestic Security; and Senator Collins
       595-03794-24                                          20241262c2
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to qualifications for county emergency
    3         management directors; amending s. 252.38, F.S.;
    4         requiring county emergency management directors to
    5         meet specified qualifications; requiring such
    6         directors to meet such qualifications by a specified
    7         date; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section
   12  252.38, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   13         252.38 Emergency management powers of political
   14  subdivisions.—Safeguarding the life and property of its citizens
   15  is an innate responsibility of the governing body of each
   16  political subdivision of the state.
   17         (1) COUNTIES.—
   18         (b)1. Each county emergency management agency created and
   19  established pursuant to ss. 252.31-252.90 shall have a director.
   20  The director must meet the following minimum training and
   21  education qualifications:
   22         a.Fifty hours of training in business or public
   23  administration, business or public management, or emergency
   24  management or preparedness. A bachelor’s degree may be
   25  substituted for this requirement.
   26         b.Four years of verifiable experience in comprehensive
   27  emergency management services, which includes improving
   28  preparedness for emergency and disaster protection, prevention,
   29  mitigation, response, and recovery, with direct supervisory
   30  responsibility for responding to at least one emergency or
   31  disaster.
   32         (I)A master’s degree in emergency preparedness or
   33  management, business or public administration, communications,
   34  finance, homeland security, public health, criminal justice,
   35  meteorology, or environmental science may be substituted for 2
   36  years of experience required under this sub-subparagraph but not
   37  for the required supervisory experience.
   38         (II)A valid accreditation as a Certified Master Exercise
   39  Practitioner through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as
   40  a Certified Emergency Manager through the International
   41  Association of Emergency Managers, or as a Florida Professional
   42  Emergency Manager through the Florida Professional Emergency
   43  Preparedness Association may be substituted for the requirements
   44  of this sub-subparagraph. A certification used as substitution
   45  for the requirements of this sub-subparagraph must be currently
   46  maintained in good standing at all times until the actual time
   47  and experience requirements satisfying this sub-subparagraph are
   48  met by the appointee.
   49         c.One hundred fifty hours in comprehensive emergency
   50  management training provided through or approved by the Federal
   51  Emergency Management Agency or its successor, including
   52  completion of the following National Incident Management System
   53  courses, or equivalent courses established by the Federal
   54  Emergency Management Agency through the Emergency Management
   55  Institute:
   56         (I)ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System;
   57         (II)ICS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial
   58  Response;
   59         (III)ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents;
   60         (IV)ICS-400: Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff;
   61         (V)IS-700: National Incident Management System, An
   62  Introduction; and
   63         (VI)IS-800: National Response Framework (NRF), An
   64  Introduction.
   66  All training required by this sub-subparagraph must have been
   67  completed no earlier than 10 years preceding the date of
   68  appointment, regardless of whether it is an initial appointment
   69  or reappointment.
   70         d.A valid driver license. If the license is not a Florida
   71  driver license, the director must obtain a Florida driver
   72  license within 30 days after being appointed as director.
   73         2.established in a job description approved by the county.
   74  The director shall be appointed by the board of county
   75  commissioners or the chief administrative officer of the county,
   76  as described in chapter 125 or the county charter, if
   77  applicable, to serve at the pleasure of the appointing
   78  authority, in conformance with applicable resolutions,
   79  ordinances, and laws.
   80         3. A county constitutional officer, or an employee of a
   81  county constitutional officer, may be appointed as director
   82  following prior notification to the division.
   83         4. Each board of county commissioners shall promptly inform
   84  the division of the appointment of the director and other
   85  personnel.
   86         5. Each director has direct responsibility for the
   87  organization, administration, and operation of the county
   88  emergency management agency. The director shall coordinate
   89  emergency management activities, services, and programs within
   90  the county and shall serve as liaison to the division and other
   91  local emergency management agencies and organizations.
   92         Section 2. A county emergency management director who does
   93  not satisfy the training or certification requirements of
   94  section 1 of this act as of July 1, 2024, shall have until June
   95  30, 2026, to complete such requirements.
   96         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.