For the purposes of this article, unless a different meaning clearly appears in the context:
(a) "Bureau of apprenticeship and training" means the bureau of apprenticeship and training of the United States department of labor;
(b) "Certificate of certification" means a certificate issued by the bureau of apprenticeship and training stating that a person has complied with the standards set forth in this article;
(c) "Local training board" means the board of the local paid fire department required to be established by the standards set forth in section two of this article;
(d) "Municipality" means any incorporated town or city whose boundaries lie within the geographic boundaries of the state;
(e) "Paid fire department" means those paid fire departments established under the provisions of section nine, article fifteen, chapter eight of this code;
(f) "Professional firefighter" means those persons who are employed by a municipality in the state that has a paid fire department;
(g) "State" means the state of West Virginia;
(h) "State board" means the professional firefighters certification board of apprenticeship and training as established in section three of this article;
(i) "West Virginia professional fire chiefs association" means the association representing paid fire chiefs in the state of West Virginia; and
(j) "Professional firefighters of West Virginia" means the association representing paid firefighters in the state of West Virginia.
(b) The state board shall elect a chairperson. Meetings may be held upon the call of the chairperson. A majority of the members of the state board constitutes a quorum.
(a) Establish standards governing the quality of training of paid fire departments in the state pursuant to section two of this article.
(b) Establish the level of skill required for certification.
(c) Adopt procedures for the local training board to follow in securing certification of a paid firefighter by the bureau of apprenticeship and training of the United States department of labor.
(d) Certify the paid firefighter as provided in section five of this article and request a certificate of certification from the bureau of apprenticeship and training of the United States department of labor to the person that has qualified.
The provisions of this article shall be liberally construed to accomplish its objectives and purposes.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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