Law expands Boght firehouse recruitment zone

Daytime response will increase, Hannon said, since the response area will grow from only having 45 percent of volunteers come from outside the district, which was what the previous law had stipulated. He also said that the department will have more flexibility in who they are able to recruit, but said there will be no need to worry about an influx of volunteers or stealing volunteers from a different department.

"[The bill] does not allow a fire department to raid another department," he said. "And if the department felt they were getting too many volunteers, they have their own bylaws to take care of that."

Clough said it can be hard to look for volunteers, and the particular situation that sparked this legislation saw them turn away three volunteers because they were outside of the district.

"You always want to get those volunteers," he explained. "You can never have too many volunteers with either fighting fires or doing things around the fire house."

The bill is mainly considered a local bill because it is not a statewide bill, according to Reilly. He said even though he has been focused on passing the budget, he was happy to do something for his constituents.

"I consider this constituent service," he said. "It's really quite helpful to individual organizations."

Hannon also stressed that having volunteer fire fighters saves towns billions of dollars as it costs $7.5 billion to $8 billion to support career firefighters.

"It's all about the support of local volunteer fire fighters and EMS," he said. "Without them, we would have to pay a lot of money."


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