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:
Developmental - Issues which involve the development of new
or modification of existing FIRESCOPE-developed products.
Policy and Procedural - Issues that effect the management and
operation of FIRESCOPE and the statewide Fire and Rescue Mutual
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
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
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.