Abill that would increase funding for training for full-time and volunteer fire departments was filed Feb. 1 by state Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville.
House Bill 268 would increase the annual amount of supplement funding for training of volunteer firefighters to $10,000 for each qualifying department and $3,500 per qualified firefighter for full-time fire departments.
Currently, qualified volunteer fire departments receive $8,250 annually and full-time departments get $3,000 for each qualified firefighter.
“The money is there for departments to use, but if they don’t use these funds, they are sent back to the state,” Meredith said. “House Bill 268 will allow departments to take money they already have and use it to enhance the fire departments and those firefighter programs instead of having to send it back to the state general fund every year.”
Jessamine County Fire District Chief Mike Rupard said his department routinely receives the $8,250.
“It’s state aid money,” he said. “As long as you maintain 50 percent of your rostered personnel with 20 hours of the training, then the state will give you (the funds) because we had over 50 percent of our people trained. To increase that by $2,000 would be great.”