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Licensing full-time firefighters (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Mike Cook
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Some of the state’s first responders will need to prove their aptitude.

Full-time firefighters hired on or after July 1, 2011, will need a license, and volunteer and on-call firefighters will have the option of getting a license by following the same requirements as full-time firefighters.

To receive a three-year license, a person must demonstrate competency in fire prevention, fire suppression and hazardous material operations. A license will be renewed without testing, provided the firefighter had at least 72 hours of training during the previous three years. Grandfathered provisions would exempt the approximately 2,000 current full-time firefighters.

To ensure there is no fiscal impact to the state, a $75 fee is established for the original license and each renewal.

The new law calls for the Board of Firefighter Training and Education to appoint an accredited organization to prepare and administer firefighter certification examinations.

Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) and Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) sponsor the law.

An amendment successfully added by Rep. Larry Howes (R-Walker) provides a two-week window between Oct. 1, 2009, and Oct. 15, 2009, for people to apply for a restricted master plumber license. He said the previous window to apply for a license was limited, forcing many people to miss the application opportunity.


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