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§1541.  Louisiana State University; official agency for training

A.  Louisiana State University is hereby officially designated as the agency of this state to conduct at its Baton Rouge campus training for in-service firemen on a statewide basis in which firemen from any and all duly constituted fire departments may participate, and to coordinate and conduct other firemen training programs at other training locations as provided in this Part.  This Part shall not be construed as affecting the authority of any fire department to conduct training for its own personnel.

B.  Louisiana State University shall conduct training programs and perform its functions as provided in this Part with the advice and guidance of the Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Commission created by this Section.

C.(1)  The Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Commission, referred to in this Part as the "commission", is hereby created.

(2)  The commission shall be composed of nine members as follows:

(a)  One member shall be the state fire marshal or his designee.

(b)  One member shall be the Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge chancellor or his designee.

(c)  Two members shall be selected by the Louisiana State Firemen's Association.

(d)  Two members shall be selected by the Louisiana State Fire Chief's Association.

(e)  Two members shall be selected by the Professional Firefighters' Association of Louisiana.

(f)  One member shall be a Louisiana citizen with knowledge and experience in the field of fire and emergency services appointed by the governor.

(3)  Members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.  A vacancy shall be filled in the manner of the original appointment.

(4)  Members shall serve without compensation or reimbursement for expenses.

(5)  The commission annually, at the first meeting of the calendar year, shall elect from its members a chairman and vice chairman.  The chairman and vice chairman shall serve as such for a period of one year from the date of election.

(6)  Commission members shall be considered state officers for purposes of R.S. 9:2798.1 and Chapter 16-A of Subtitle III of Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950.

(7)  The commission shall meet at least once each month.  Other meetings may be called by the chairman on his own initiative and shall be called by him at the request of three or more members of the commission within fourteen days of such request.  Each member shall be notified by the chairman in writing of the time and place of a meeting at least seven days before the meeting.

(8)  The commission shall adopt rules for the conduct of commission functions.  Any decision of the commission may be made only by the favorable vote of at least two-thirds of those members in attendance at the meeting provided that a quorum is established prior to the vote.  A majority of members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

D.(1)  The Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Commission shall advise and provide guidance to Louisiana State University relative to the conduct of training programs and performance of the university's functions pursuant to this Part.

(2)  The commission shall provide advice and guidance to the university relative to but not limited to the following:

(a)  Hiring a qualified person to serve as executive director, including review of candidates for the position, and fixing the salary of and defining the duties of the executive director.

(b)  Employment of clerical, technical, legal, and other assistance for the conduct of the university's functions pursuant to this Part.

(c)  All aspects of the conduct of fire and emergency training, including curricula.

(d)  Prioritization of training throughout the state.

(e)  The annual budget for the conduct of the university's functions pursuant to this Part, including management of funds and recovery of the cost of classes.

(f)  Recommendations to be made by the university to the legislature relative to the university's functions pursuant to this Part.

Acts 1970, No. 481, §1.  Amended by Acts 1979, No. 528, §1, eff. July 18, 1979; Acts 2012, No. 596, §2, eff. July 1, 2012.

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