effective on September 15, 1985. For employees assigned to fire brigades after
September 15, 1980, this rule applies.
(3) The employer shall provide training and education for all fire brigade members
commensurate with those duties and functions that fire brigade members are expected to
perform. Such training and education shall be provided to fire brigade members before
they perform fire brigade emergency activities. Fire brigade leaders and training
instructors shall be provided with training and education which is more comprehensive
than that provided to the general membership of the fire brigade.
(4) The quality of training and education programs for fire brigade members shall be
similar to the training and programs conducted by such fire training schools as any of the
(a) Maryland fire and rescue institute.
(b) Iowa fire service extension.
(c) West Virginia fire service extension.
(d) Georgia fire academy.
(e) New York state department, fire prevention and control.
(f) Louisiana state university firemen training program.
(g) Michigan’s Macomb community college, fire and emergency services training
(h) Washington state’s fire service training commission for vocational education.
(5) The training and education program for oil refinery industry fire brigade
members shall be similar in quality to the training and education program conducted by
any of the following:
(a) Macomb community college of Michigan, fire and emergency services training
(b) Texas A & M university.
(c) Lamar university.
(d) Reno fire school.
(e) Delaware state fire school.
(6) Training for incipient fires shall be similar to the training provided by the fire
training schools listed in subrule (4) of this rule or to the fire training for incipient fires
offered by the school of labor and industrial relations at Michigan state university.
(7) An employer shall assure that training and education is conducted frequently
enough to ensure that each member of the fire brigade is able to perform the member’s
assigned duties and functions satisfactorily and in a safe manner so as not to endanger
fire brigade members or other employees. All fire brigade members shall be provided
with training at least annually. In addition, fire brigade members who are expected to
perform interior structural fire fighting shall be provided with an education session or
training at least quarterly.
(8) An employer shall inform fire brigade members about special hazards, such as
the storage and use of flammable liquids and gases, toxic chemicals, radioactive sources,
and water reactive substances, to which they may be exposed during a fire and other
emergencies. The fire brigade members shall also be advised of any changes that occur in
relation to the special hazards.
(9) An employer shall develop written procedures that describe the actions to be
taken in situations involving special hazards and shall include these written procedures in