House Committee Moves To Give Volunteer Fire Companies More Flexibility In Spending State Aid

A bill which would expand the ways in which volunteer fire fighter relief funds could be used was advanced by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. The bill’s prime sponsor says it would allow fire fighter relief funds to be used for the recruitment and retention of fire fighters by volunteer fire companies. The legislation would also provide the office of the State Fire Marshal with greater involvement in relief funds. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently called on lawmakers to update the state law which created volunteer fire fighters’ relief associations.