Minimum Standards for Fire Chief of a Career or Combination Fire Department

General Municipal Law §204-dd and 9 NYCRR Part 227 establish minimum qualifications for fire chiefs, volunteer or career, of a fire department with six or more paid, civil-service appointed career firefighters. To be eligible for election or appointment as the Fire Chief, a candidate must meet the core competencies established by the State Fire Administrator for Incident Commander, based upon the Recommended Best Practices for Firefighter Training. A career fire chief appointed pursuant to the Civil Service Law must also meet the minimum qualifications established pursuant to Civil Service Law §58-a and 19 NYCRR Section 426.9. Read the complete bulletin here.