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HOUSE AMENDED
PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 120, 426, 680
PRINTER'S NO. 1160
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
146
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY BROOKS, SCARNATI, GORDNER, BROWNE, ARGALL, REGAN,
ALLOWAY, AUMENT, FOLMER, HUTCHINSON, KILLION, MARTIN, MENSCH,
PHILLIPS-HILL, VOGEL, J. WARD, K. WARD, YAW, COSTA, DINNIMAN,
KEARNEY, SANTARSIERO, SCHWANK, TARTAGLIONE, MUTH AND IOVINO,
JANUARY 31, 2019
AS REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AS AMENDED,
SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
AN ACT
Amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in Commonwealth services, providing
for online training for firefighters; and making a related
repeal.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
§ 7388. Online training for firefighters.
(a) Duty to establish guidelines.--The commissioner shall
establish guidelines for developing, delivering and sustaining
training programs for volunteer firefighters and career
firefighters. The guidelines shall include, at a minimum, the
following:
(1) Participation in the training shall be on a
voluntary basis.
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(2) The training shall be offered free of charge.
(3) The training shall be incorporated into the Train PA
system or any other system approved by the commissioner .
(A) DUTY TO ESTABLISH GUIDELINES.--THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, DELIVERY AND
MAINTENANCE OF AN ONLINE SYSTEM OF FIREFIGHTER TRAINING FOR
FIREFIGHTERS. THE GUIDELINES SHALL STATE, AT A MINIMUM, THAT THE
TRAINING IS VOLUNTARY AND OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE.
(B) PRIORITIZATION TRAINING PROGRAM.--THE TRAINING PROGRAM
SHALL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE TRAIN PA SYSTEM OR ANY OTHER
SYSTEM APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER AND THE COURSES OR PROGRAMS
OFFERED MUST BE, TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE, COURSES OR
PROGRAMS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE HANDS-ON OR FIELD TRAINING AND
PROVIDE, AT A MINIMUM, BASIC LEVEL TRAINING FOR FIREFIGHTERS.
(b) (C) Prioritization.--In establishing online training
courses, the commissioner shall prioritize specific topics.
(c) (D) Certificate of completion.--The commissioner shall
provide a certificate of completion to an individual A
FIREFIGHTER who successfully completes an online FIREFIGHTER
training program.
(d) (E) Publication.--The Office of the State Fire
Commissioner shall post a complete listing of the available
online FIREFIGHTER training courses on the office's publicly
accessible Internet website.
(e) (F) Funding.--The commissioner shall use money in the
Online Training Educator and Training Reimbursement Account
established under section 2413(a)(2) of the act of March 4, 1971
(P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, for the
purpose of administering this section.
(f) (G) Reporting.-- By December 31 each year, the
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commissioner shall provide a written report detailing the use of
the Online Training Educator and Training Reimbursement Account
from the prior fiscal year to the chairperson and minority
chairperson of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of
the Senate, the chairperson and minority chairperson of the
Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the
Senate, the chairperson and minority chairperson of the
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of the House of
Representatives and the Veterans Affairs and Emergency
Preparedness Committee of the House of Representatives.
Section 2. Repeals are as follows:
(1) The General Assembly finds that the repeals under
paragraphs (2) and (3) are necessary to effectuate this act
THE ADDITION OF 35 PA.C.S. § 7388.
(2) Section 2413(a)(3) of the act of March 4, 1971
(P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, is
repealed.
(3) Section 2413(a)(2) of the Tax Reform Code of 1971 is
repealed to the extent of any inconsistency with this act.
Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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