Chapter 4765-22 Professional Standards

4765-22-01 Professional standards of conduct for firefighter and fire safety inspector certificate holders.

(A) A person issued a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate shall not discriminate in the provision of fire services on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

(B) A person issued a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate shall not misrepresent the person's professional qualifications or credentials.

(C) Upon request by the division, a person issued a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate shall accurately document and report all approved continuing education courses the certificate holder completes in accordance with Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code. The documentation shall be provided within the time parameters set forth by the executive director with advice and counsel of the committee.

(D) A person issued a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate who is convicted of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, any misdemeanor committed in the course of practice, or any felony shall comply with the following:

(1) Within fourteen days of the final sentencing of such offense, the certificate holder shall provide written notification of the conviction to the division;

(2) Within sixty days of the final sentencing of such offense shall provide the division with all of the following:

(a) A certified copy of the judgment entry from the court in which the conviction occurred,

(b) A certified copy of the police or law enforcement agency report, if applicable;

(c) A bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCI&I) civilian background check.

(E) A person issued a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate shall not commit fraud, misrepresentation, or material deception, or submit false or misleading information in any of the following:

(1) Applying for or obtaining a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate;

(2) Renewing a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate;

(3) Responding to audits conducted by the division or executive director;

(4) Responding to or complying with any other official request from the division or the executive director.

Replaces: 4765-22-01

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-22-02 Professional standards of conduct for instructors.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) An instructor shall not discriminate in the provision of firefighter, fire safety inspector or instructor training courses on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

(B) An instructor shall provide instruction in accordance with section 4765.55 of the Revised Code, and Chapters 4765-11 and 4765-21 to 4765-23 of the Administrative Code.

(C) An instructor shall provide instruction in accordance with the policy and procedures established by the chartered program by which the instructor is employed or affiliated.

(D) An instructor shall not provide instruction in any course that is above the level of the instructor's certificate of firefighter or instructor.

(E) An instructor shall not evaluate practical skill examinations unless the instructor has successfully completed the "Practical Skills Evaluator Training Course."

(F) An instructor shall not be permitted to evaluate practical skill examinations that are above the level of the instructor's firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate.

(G) An instructor shall not misrepresent the instructor's professional qualifications or credentials.

(H) An instructor shall not commit fraud, misrepresentation, or deception in conducting a firefighter, fire safety inspector or instructor training course.

(I) An instructor shall not commit fraud, misrepresentation, or deception in order to obtain a fire certificate to teach.

(J) An instructor shall accurately document, upon request of the division and within the time parameters set forth by the executive director, all requirements for renewal of the instructor's certificate to teach in accordance with Chapter 4765-21 of the Administrative Code and rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code, as applicable.

(K) An instructor shall maintain a current certificate of fire service training.

(L) An instructor shall obtain prior approval from a chartered program, prior to teaching any courses under the auspices of the chartered program.

(M) An instructor shall surrender all documentation of course files to the sponsoring chartered program no later than ninety days after the final day of the course.

(N) An instructor shall not aid, assist or help any student gain an unfair advantage on any portions of a fire service training course or on any examinations.

(O) An instructor shall not proctor or be present during the state written examinations unless the individual is sitting for the examination as part of the course requirements.

Replaces: 4765-22-02

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08