Smith: House approves bill working to support volunteer firefighters

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Monday, February 13, 2017 6:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2017) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted 92 to 1 in favor of a bill authored by State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) that would require Hoosier volunteer firefighters to undergo the same amount of training as full-time firefighters.

Under House Bill 1370, volunteer firefighters would be required to meet the same 64 hours of training as an employed firefighter before they respond to a call. Smith said the bill would benefit all Hoosiers serviced by the 847 volunteer fire and rescue departments across Indiana.

“This legislation was brought to my attention by Larry Curl from the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association,” Smith said. “Firefighters put their lives on the line for the community and this would give them the tools to do their jobs safely and efficiently. The more prepared these emergency responders are, the more lives will be saved.”

The bill now proceeds to the Senate for further consideration.

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State Rep. Milo Smith represents House District 59,

which contains portions of Bartholomew County.

 

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