Earlier this week, the Senate gave final approval to a measure that is intended to make firefighter training more accessible and affordable through online courses, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).
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.
“I was pleased to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation,” said Senator Gordner. “Once law, SB 146 will provide another way for local firefighters to obtain necessary training without the added expense and time required to travel to training courses.”
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.
Senate Bill 146 has now passed the House and Senate and is now before Governor Tom Wolf for his approval.
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