A display permit, issued by Texas State Fire Marshal's Office, would be required if a fireworks show contains 1.3G fireworks. 1.3G fireworks are professional grade fireworks and are not available to the general public (can’t buy at a fireworks stand). The display must have a licensed pyrotechnic operator on site at all times. The pyrotechnic operator’s license is also issued by the TSFMO.
Any show, before an audience of 50 or more people, that contains 1.4G fireworks (consumer fireworks), must have a licensed special effects operator on site. The special effects operator’s license is also issued by the TSFMO. Below you will find a notice that the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office posted last year in regards to these type of shows.
Additionally, VFIS provides a Fireworks Risk Communique, which you can download for free by CLICKING HERE.
State Fire Marshal’s Notice
State Fire Marshal Reminder Related to Pyrotechnic Displays with Consumer 1.4G Fireworks
It has come to the attention of the State Fire Marshal's Office that the general public may be engaging in acts that place them in violation of the Fireworks Statute and Rules. This includes businesses, organizations, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens who hold fireworks displays before an assembly of 50 or more people using consumer fireworks, also called 1.4G fireworks. The following is offered as clarification and as a reminder of the importance to remain in complete compliance with all provisions, rules, regulations and/or statutes enacted to govern fireworks in Texas.
This notice applies to pyrotechnic displays for entertainment, exhibition, demonstration, or simulation before an assembly of 50 people or more and using consumer fireworks (fireworks 1.4G).
§ 2154.253.(b) (Texas Occupations Code, Regulation of Fireworks)
At least one Texas licensed special effects pyrotechnic operator must be present on-site at all times where pyrotechnics are used, discharged, or ignited. The on-site licensee is responsible for complying with this section.
§ 2154.253(b)(4) & (6) (Texas Occupations Code, Regulation of Fireworks)
The licensee or the licensee’s employer must obtain a permit from the local authority having jurisdiction before the use, discharge, or ignition of pyrotechnics.
§ 2154.253.(b)(7) (Texas Occupations Code, Regulation of Fireworks)
The applicant for the permit must provide evidence of insurance in the form of a general liability insurance policy in an amount of not less than $1 million, conditioned to pay for damages caused by an occurrence involving a display of pyrotechnics.
§ 2154.253.(b)(8) & 2154.207 (Texas Occupations Code, Regulation of Fireworks)
Violation of this section constitutes a Class A misdemeanor offense. Each day a violation occurs or continues constitutes a separate offense. Venue under this section is in the county in which the offense is committed or in Travis County.
§ 2154.253.(e) (Texas Occupations Code, Regulation of Fireworks
We had a great time at Moody Gardens for the 2015 SFFMA Conference! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our Hospitality Suite Monday night to help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Hope yall had as much fun as we did! Also, congratulations to Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider & McQueeney Firefighter Gerald Weniger for being named 2015 Firefighter & EMS Responder of the Year, respectively. Enjoy the photos!
The most common type of Portable Equipment claims we receive are for items that were placed on vehicles and forgotten about, and then damaged when the vehicle later leaves on call. Items range from bunker gear to iPhones to radios to eye glasses, etc. How many times a day do you place portable equipment on your rig? Even though this is the most common PE claim, it is also totally avoidable. Please be aware of where your Portable Equipment and personal property is at all times.
What are you doing in your community to Create a Culture of Safety? All fire and EMS departments are encouraged to participate in the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, going on June 14-20, 2015. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will provide resources and tools to help your department focus on safety and health. You can find these resources and activities for the 2015 Safety and Health Week by CLICKING HERE.
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