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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 2, 2022 12:49 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation to Address the Volunteer Firefighter and EMT Shortages - Job Training Credits Towards Certification
 
I will soon be introducing two pieces of legislation to address the following issues:

Some corrections personnel and other professions are trained in basic fire suppression as a condition of their employment, and desire to serve their communities as volunteer firefighters. At present FFI certification involves approximately 206 hours of instruction. The fire suppression training completed by corrections personnel and certain other professions is not creditable toward FFI attainment. This dissuades these professionals from serving their communities as volunteer firefighters. The first piece of legislation would address this issue.

The second piece of legislation would address a similar issue in regards to EMTs, in which those in certain qualified professions would get training credits towards being a certified EMT in Pennsylvania.

These two pieces of common sense legislation will help address the shortages we are experiencing with volunteer firefighters and EMTs in the Commonwealth.  Thank you for your consideration of cosponsoring these important measures.



Document #1

Description: Some corrections personnel and other professions are trained in basic fire suppression as a condition of their employment, and desire to serve their communities as volunteer firefighters. At present FFI certification involves approximately 206 hours of instruction. The fire suppression training completed by corrections personnel and certain other professions is not creditable toward FFI attainment. This dissuades these professionals from serving their communities as volunteer firefighters. The first piece of legislation would address this issue.
 

Document #2

Description: The second piece of legislation would address a similar issue in regards to EMTs, in which those in certain qualified professions would get training credits towards being a certified EMT in Pennsylvania.