House passes Rep. Dan Griffey’s first bill to update firefighter training practices


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Lawmakers in the House of Representatives had a little fun with freshman Representative Dan Griffey before passing his bill to update firefighter training practices. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.

Sattgast: It's a tradition in the House that just before a freshman lawmaker passes his or her first bill, the other legislators will stand on the House floor and urge everyone to vote against it. But when the vote is taken, they vote for the bill.

So when Representative Dan Griffey's first bill came to the floor for a vote on Monday, he withstood some friendly hazing from his colleagues. But in the end, they gave his bill unanimous support.

Griffey says House Bill 1382 would revamp the outdated process of how firefighters are trained in the state, and help provide the necessary training and support that is needed.

Griffey: β€œIt levels the playing field. It allows our state Fire Marshall to give ala carte-style training opportunities and ensures that we really do provide good basic firefighter training for all of our firefighters.”

Sattgast: 35th District State Representative Dan Griffey, who also serves as a Lieutenant Firefighter in Mason County. The bill was approved with a vote of 97 to 0. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration. John Sattgast, Olympia.

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