As a firefighter or other fire safety professional, you have devoted your career to protecting the lives and property of others. You are the first line of defense between Texans and all the destruction that can be caused by fire. You have undergone extensive training to learn how to do your job the right way. Our law firm honors your dedication.
The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) is the regulatory agency for firefighters, other professionals in fire safety, and fire service organizations in Texas. It is tasked with enforcing statewide fire service standards. The TCFP’s mission is “to aid in the protection of lives and property of Texas citizens through the development and enforcement of recognized professional standards for individuals and the fire service.”
In furtherance of its mission, the TCFP investigates complaints against fire protection professionals that could result in disciplinary action as severe as license revocation. If you are a Texas firefighter, even a single complaint filed with the Commission can destroy your livelihood, and all the hard work invested to build it.
TCFP’s Compliance Program Overview
If you are an individual or organization licensed by the Commission, it is imperative that you comply with the rules governing fire fighter safety. The compliance program helps ensure the safety of regulated fire protection personnel by inspecting protective clothing, equipment, and training records to ensure compliance.
TCFP compliance inspectors travel to every regulated entity at least once every two years to check the following:
- Fire protection personnel certification status.
- Training records.
- Protective clothing.
- Breathing air test records and self-contained breathing apparatus.
If an inspector finds that a fire service department is in violation of a state law or Commission rule, the TCFP compliance section will work with the entity to develop a plan that will lead to compliance.
A Texas Fire Protection License Defense Attorney Can Help Safeguard Your Career
Fire fighters play an important role in protecting the public, and as a result, they are sometimes exposed to increased scrutiny. You could be facing a career-threatening complaint due to allegations of any of the following types of misconduct:
- Failure to follow safety protocols and procedures.
- Inappropriate activity while on duty.
- Use of drugs or alcohol while on duty.
- Abuse of sick leave, overtime, pensions, and other benefits.
- Criminal activity.
If a complaint has been filed against you and your license is in jeopardy, it is imperative that you seek representation from an experienced fire protection license defense lawyer. Turn to the attorneys at BERTOLINO LLP to help you build a strong defense.
Our fire protection license defense attorneys have the experience and legal knowledge needed to defend licensed fire fighters and fire inspectors subject to potential disciplinary action. Do not let a complaint end your career. Contact our experienced professional license defense attorney right away. We’ll investigate your case, help you understand your legal options, and build a strong defense.
We’re proud to serve Texans who put their lives on the line to fight fire. Contact us today or call (512) 476-5757 and schedule a case evaluation.