Decision Process

FIRESCOPE Decision Process

To ensure decisions by the Board of Directors pertaining to FIRESCOPE products support the statewide Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, FIRESCOPE decision-making is based on a standardized method known as the “Decision Process.” This process of decision-making involves all levels of the FIRESCOPE organization, with interaction between levels administratively supported by FIRESCOPE’s Executive Coordinator. Issues, depending on the type and kind, may enter the decision process at any organizational level. Decision Process issues are categorized as follows:

  1. Developmental - Issues which involve the development of new or modification of existing FIRESCOPE-developed products.
  2. Policy and Procedural - Issues that effect the management and operation of FIRESCOPE and the statewide Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System.
  3. Informational - Issues of general interest that do not normally require action taken by FIRESCOPE.
The general procedures that govern how these three issue categories are addressed within the Decision Process are as follows:
  • Developmental issues are the responsibility of the Task Force to provide the required staff work to validate issue appropriateness and to develop those products that adequately address issue needs.
  • Staff work can involve the use of Specialist and Working Groups. When products are developed, they will be forwarded to the Operations Team for review and approval. It will be the responsibility of the Operations Team to determine the level of involvement by the Board of Directors in review of Task Force-developed products.
  • Policy and Procedural issues being addressed through the Decision Process require that issues be identified as statewide Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System or FIRESCOPE-related issues. For those issues involving mutual aid, the Board of Directors serves as an advisor to the OES Director. As determined by the Board, other organizational levels of FIRESCOPE and/or the statewide Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System may be involved to support this advisory role.
  • For those issues involving FIRESCOPE, the Board of Directors serves as the final decision-making authority of the Decision Process. The Operations Team and Task Force will provide the required staff work to analyze issue impacts and recommend course of action to be taken.
  • Informational issues can be addressed at any organizational level. The organizational level receiving the informational issue will have the responsibility of determining whether an issue will need to be provided to other levels as information. The Executive Coordinator will assist in the exchange of information between all organizational levels of FIRESCOPE.
All decisions within the Decision Process for FIRESCOPE products are made by consensus. Decisions pertaining exclusively to the statewide Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System are made by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors. If an issue should arise in which consensus cannot be achieved, the unresolved issue will be forwarded to the next organizational level for review and resolution with an explanation as to the reason(s) for non-consensus. The Board of Directors will serve as the final authority in addressing issues of non-consensus within the Decision Process.
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