New law makes it easier to hire, train local firefighters

  • Source: Alaska Wildland Fire Information
  • Published: 06/22/2022 12:00 AM

Governor Mike Dunleavy signed House Bill 209 “An Act relating to emergency firefighters” yesterday in Fairbanks that will help build the State’s mostly rural-based firefighting crews, strengthen local economies, and provide enhanced public safety to Alaska communities. “This important change lets the State put local fire crews to work more consistently and grow our rural firefighting capabilities,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “And with more flexibility to prevent wildland fires through fuels reduction projects, not just fight active fires, it’s another tool in our toolkit to keep Alaskans, their homes, and our State’s critical infrastructure safe.” Gov. Mike Dunleavy, seated, signs House Bill 209 “An Act relating to emergency firefighters” Monday, June 20, 2022, on the Alaska Division of Forestry Fairbanks Area helipad.


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