Zorn introduces firefighter certification bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to provide firefighter certification reciprocity with states that have the same certification as Michigan.

“Recruiting and retaining firemen in local fire departments is difficult and expensive,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Michigan currently does not recognize out-of-state firefighter certification, even if it is the same as the certification required by our state. My bill would help local fire authorities staff their departments at appropriate levels and help people returning to Michigan serve as volunteer firefighters or find work as full-time firefighters.”

Senate Bill 372 would require the state fire marshal to extend reciprocity certification to a firefighter from another state who seeks to work as a firefighter in Michigan, as long as the individual was certified in the other state after completing a program that meets or exceeds Michigan’s standards.

“This firefighter reciprocity proposal is the result of working with state licensing officials and the state fire marshal to help our local communities accept out-of-state training that is nationally or internationally accredited,” Zorn said. “This is a simple change that will make a big difference in our small rural communities as well as larger urbanized communities.”

SB 372 has been referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee.