Amendments of Fire Department Rules Regarding Continuing Education for Certificate Renewal
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rules
According to Fire Code Section FC113.7.3, the Fire Department may require a certificate holder to complete a Department-approved continuing education program as a condition of renewal of the certificate.
The proposed rules would require refrigerating system operating engineer certificate holders to have completed a continuing education course in building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping from a Department-approved continuing education program by the time of their next certificate renewal. This will ensure that operating engineers, who typically have other important responsibilities relating to building operation and maintenance, are familiar with applicable Fire Code requirements, which have undergone a comprehensive revision in 2008 and were revised again effective March 2014.
Refrigerating system operating engineer certificate holders who also hold a Fire Safety Director Certificate of Fitness will not be required to re-take the course because the proposed continuing education requirement in building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping for refrigerating system operating engineer certificate holders is substantially similar to the continuing education that Fire Safety Director Certificate of Fitness holders are already required to complete, as set forth in 3 RCNY §113-02.
The proposed rule would also require that building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping be included as a topic in the curriculum for refrigerating system operating engineer certificate training courses. This amendment is substantially similar to 3 RCNY §113-05, which makes building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping a required topic in the training course curriculum for fire safety directors.
The proposed rule would also add company certificates and stationary battery storage systems as additional topics in the curriculum for building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping training courses. These topics are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of many refrigerating system operating engineers.
The Fire Department’s authority for this rule is found in Sections 489 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and Section 102.6.3 of the New York City Fire Code, Title 29 of New York City Administrative Code.
Terms used in the proposed rule that are defined in the Fire Code or elsewhere in the Fire Department’s rules are indicated by italics.
New material is underlined. Material to be deleted is in [brackets].
“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
Guidance with respect to the interpretation of the Fire Code and Fire Department rules may be obtained using the Public Inquiry Form on the Fire Department’s website, www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/firecode/index.shtml#p6.