Section 633.31, Florida Statutes 2001
633.31 Firefighters Standards and Training Council.--
(1) There is created within the Department of Insurance a Firefighters Standards and Training Council of nine members appointed by the State Fire Marshal. Two members shall be fire chiefs, two members shall be firefighters who are not officers, two members shall be firefighter officers who are not fire chiefs, and one member shall be a director or instructor of a state-certified firefighting training facility. To be eligible for appointment as a fire chief member, firefighter officer member, firefighter member, or a director or instructor of a state-certified firefighting facility, a person shall have had at least 4 years' experience in the firefighting profession. The remaining two members shall not be members of the firefighting profession. Members shall serve only as long as they continue to meet the criteria under which they were appointed, or unless a member has failed to appear at three consecutive and properly noticed meetings unless excused by the chair.
(2) Initially, the State Fire Marshal shall appoint three members for terms of 4 years, two members for terms of 3 years, two members for terms of 2 years, and two members for terms of 1 year. Thereafter, members shall be appointed for 4-year terms and in no event shall a member serve more than two consecutive terms. Any vacancy shall be filled in the manner of the original appointment for the remaining time of the term.
(3) The State Fire Marshal, in making her or his appointments, shall take into consideration representation by geography, population, and other relevant factors, in order that the membership on the council will be apportioned to give representation to the state at large rather than to a particular area.
(4) Membership on the council shall not disqualify a member from holding any other public office or being employed by a public entity, except that no member of the Legislature shall serve on the council.
History.--s. 1, ch. 70-110; ss. 1, 3, ch. 75-151; s. 3, ch. 77-107; s. 4, ch. 78-323; ss. 1, 3, 4, ch. 81-70; s. 1, ch. 82-46; ss. 1, 2, ch. 87-180; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 10, ch. 93-276; s. 433, ch. 97-102.
Note.--Former s. 163.471.