A bipartisan bill aimed at helping volunteer fire departments organize and get funding is heading to Governor John Hicklooper’s desk, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports.
“What this bill does is encouraged those departments to register their departments, to identify what their service area is (and) give us contact information on how to reach them. And, if they are recognized then they are eligible for the state assistance grant funding,” Paul Cooke, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, said about the legislation.
Cooke estimate there are up 60 volunteer fire departments across the state that this bill could help.
The bill, which has cleared both the house and senate, would create the Volunteer Fire Department Organization Act, if signed by Hickenlooper.
The legislation would help not-for-profit, non-governmental, volunteer fire departments gain official recognition and make them eligible to receive state assistance grants.
“It will be one of the first bills that will be presented to the governor to sign into law,” Democratic Rep. Millie Hamner, one of the bill’s sponsors said.
Previous coverage from Rocky Mountain PBS I-News: State Fire Chiefs Say more Volunteers Needed to Adequately Meet Need