Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 174
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Bill 2991
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:An Act relating to fire service training; concerning the university of Kansas; establishing the Kansas fire service training commission; authorizing certain transfers to such fund; amending K.S.A. 76-327 and repealing the existing section.
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CHAPTER 174

HOUSE BILL No. 2991


An Act relating to fire service training; concerning the university of Kansas; establishing

the Kansas fire service training commission; authorizing certain transfers to such fund;


amending K.S.A. 76-327 and repealing the existing section.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 76-327 is hereby amended to read as follows: 76-

327. The university of Kansas shall, through its extension division fire

service training program, provide for a traveling instruction service to

train firemen firefighters in the municipalities jurisdictions of this state

requiring requesting such instruction. This extension service fire service

training program shall include training in firemenship, fire inspection,

fire protection, fire prevention appropriate subject matter related to fire

service professional responsibilities and such other instruction as will pro-

vide the municipalities with better trained firemen firefighters. Traveling

instructors shall be employed who shall visit and instruct in such places

as the head of the extension division director of fire service training of

the Kansas university shall determine. The instructors shall be allowed

actual and necessary traveling and hotel expenses incurred in the per-

formance of their duties and shall receive such salary as the university

may deem appropriate. The university shall conduct an annual fire school.

The university of Kansas shall have the authority to contract with existing

training entities to deliver regional fire training. The university of Kansas

is hereby authorized and empowered to accept any grants in aid that may

be available from any federal agency. The university of Kansas shall have

the authority to award certifications for fire and related emergency re-

sponse personnel in fire service profession areas as prescribed by the na-

tional fire protection association and other applicable professional stan-

dards.

New Sec. 2. (a) There is hereby created within the university of Kan-

sas a Kansas fire service training commission which shall consist of 12

members which shall include:

(1) A member representing the Kansas state firefighters association,

to be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited to,

a list of three nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas state firefighters

association;

(2) a member representing the Kansas state association of fire chiefs,

to be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited to,

a list of three nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas state association

of fire chiefs;

(3) a member representing the Kansas state association of profes-

sional fire chiefs, to be selected by the governor who shall consider, but

not be limited to, a list of three nominees submitted therefor by the

Kansas state association of professional fire chiefs;

(4) a member representing the international association of arson in-

vestigators, to be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be

limited to, a list of three nominees submitted therefor by the international

association of arson investigators;

(5) a member representing the Kansas fire marshal's association, to

be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited to, a

list of three nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas fire marshal's

association;

(6) a member representing the Kansas fire educators association, to

be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited to, a

list of three nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas fire educators

association;

(7) a member representing the Kansas state council of firefighters, to

be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited to, a

list of three nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas state council of

firefighters;

(8) a member representing the Kansas community college fire train-

ing, to be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited

to, a list of three nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas community

college fire training;

(9) a member representing the Kansas state fire marshal, to be se-

lected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited to, a list of

three nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas state fire marshal;

(10) a member representing the Kansas forest service, to be selected

by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited to, a list of three

nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas forest service;

(11) a member representing the Kansas university fire service train-

ing, to be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited

to, a list of three nominees submitted therefor by the Kansas university

fire service training; and

(12) a member representing the emergency medical services board,

to be selected by the governor who shall consider, but not be limited to,

a list of three nominees submitted therefor by the emergency medical

services board.

(b) Six members initially appointed to a position described in sub-

section (a) shall serve for a two-year term and thereafter the term of

members appointed to such positions shall be four years. The members

who shall serve two-year terms shall be chosen by lottery at the first

commission meeting. The initial two-year terms shall expire on July 1,

2004 and four-year terms shall expire on July 1, 2006. Vacancies in any

position shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

(c) The chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be selected by the

members of the commission at the first meeting of the commission and

shall serve for a term of two years. No chairperson shall serve more than

two consecutive terms. In the absence or disability of the chairperson,

the vice-chairperson shall exercise all the powers of the chairperson.

(d) The Kansas fire service training commission shall meet at least

quarterly in each year on dates fixed by the commission. Special meetings

may be held upon call of the chairperson of the commission or upon

petition to the chairperson by not less than seven commission members.

The date and place of all special meetings shall be designated in the call.

(e) Members of the commission shall receive mileage, tolls and park-

ing as provided in K.S.A. 75-3223, and amendments thereto, for attend-

ance at any meeting of the commission or any subcommittee meeting

authorized by the commission.

New Sec. 3. The Kansas fire service training program is authorized

to receive any grants, gifts, contributions or bequests made for the pur-

pose of supporting the fire service training and to expend the same.

New Sec. 4. (a) There is hereby created in the state treasury the fire

service training program fund. All moneys credited to such fund under

the provisions of this act or any other law shall be expended only for the

purpose and in the manner prescribed by law, including the expenditures

for the operation of the Kansas fire service training program to carry out

duties as mandated by law.

(b) All moneys received shall be remitted to the state treasurer in

accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments

thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall

deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the fire

service training program fund.

New Sec. 5. The Kansas fire service training commission shall:

(a) Consult with the director of University of Kansas fire service train-

ing program and adopt rules of procedure for commission meetings;

(b) consult with the director of University of Kansas fire service train-

ing program and adopt rules and regulations necessary for the fire service

training operations;

(c) approve and monitor a means to assure fire service training pro-

vided pursuant to the fire service training program is of high quality and

delivered in a consistent manner;

(d) recommend and approve fire service training program curricu-

lum;

(e) approve selection of the director of fire service training, who shall

be appointed by the dean of the division of continuing education of the

university of Kansas;

(f) participate and consult with the director of fire services training

of the university of Kansas in the preparation and approval of the Kansas

fire service training program budget; and

(g) publish an annual report in conjunction with the university of

Kansas fire service training program concerning the activities and duties

of the Kansas fire service training program and commission.

New Sec. 6. (a) The university of Kansas shall have the following

duties regarding the Kansas fire service training commission:

(1) Report semi-annually on the financial status of the program;

(2) consult with such commission on long range planning issues;

(3) prepare appropriate activity and financial reports as to keep such

commission advised of program activity and to provide adequate infor-

mation from which the commission's annual report concerning fire serv-

ice can be created;

(4) provide administrative support for official commission activities;

(5) pay reasonable travel and expenses to commission members for

expenses related to attending scheduled commission meetings; and

(6) shall maintain an appropriate system of training records related

to individual participation in this training system.

New Sec. 7. On July 1, 2002, and July 1, 2003, or as soon after each

such date as moneys are available, notwithstanding any other provision of

law to the contrary, the director of accounts and reports shall transfer

$750,000 from the fire marshal fee fund of the state fire marshal to the

fire service training program fund.

Sec. 8. K.S.A. 76-327 is hereby repealed.

Sec. 9. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the statute book.

Approved May 29, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002