Harrisburg – Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) said the State Senate gave final approval to a measure Monday to make firefighter training more accessible and affordable through online courses.
Senate Bill 146 ensures that online training would be voluntary and free to both career and volunteer firefighters. All available courses would be listed online, and developed under the leadership of the state Fire Commissioner.
Training requirements are often cited as a barrier to recruitment and retention, particularly for volunteers, because they can be costly and time-consuming, often demanding travel and time away from work and family.
The Senate Resolution 6 Commission recommended online training as one of its core suggestions to ease the staffing burden on today’s firefighters.
“Volunteer fire companies need help recruiting and retaining members, and making ongoing training less costly and time consuming would go a long toward easing the burden on the volunteers who respond to fire emergencies at no cost to taxpayers,” Mensch said.
Senate Bill 146 now goes to the governor for his signature.
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