Gov. Jay Inslee signs Rep. Dan Griffey’s firefighter training bill into law

A measure prime-sponsored by Rep. Dan Griffey to increase basic firefighter training to all public firefighting agencies in Washington state was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Under House Bill 1382, the Washington State Fire Marshal will be required to develop and adopt a plan for the Washington State Patrol's Fire Training Academy to deliver basic firefighter training to every public firefighting agency in the state. The bill also establishes an order of priority for the type of firefighting agencies that receive the training, with volunteer fire departments being the first priority.

Griffey, R-Allyn, says the bill's focus on volunteer firefighters is especially important.

“With approximately two-thirds of firefighters in the state being volunteers, the bill will help smaller agencies that don't have the manpower or resources to send men and women to training,” said Griffey. “By helping to provide the regional training and support that is needed, this legislation is going to positively affect a lot of agencies.”

Additionally, the bill gives firefighting agencies the option of seeking reimbursement for their firefighter training expenses in lieu of obtaining training from the Academy.

House Bill 1382 will take effect July 26.

PHOTO: Gov. Jay Inslee signs Rep. Dan Griffey's House Bill 1382 into law on April 21, 2015.

Front row, left to right: Tamara Warnke, Washington Firefighters Association; T.J. Nedrow, President of the Washington Firefighters Association; Sen. Ann Rivers; Gov. Jay Inslee; Rep. Dan Griffey; Mrs. Griffey; Amber Oliver, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Griffey

Back row, left to right: Chuck Duffy, Washington State Fire Marshal; Ryan Spiller, Washington Fire Commissioners Association; Roger Ferris, Executive Secretary of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association; Jim Farrell, President of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association; Dylan Doty, Washington Fire Chiefs Association.

 

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