Pennsylvania’s junior firefighter program received a much-needed update when the governor signed House Bill 1552, my first piece of legislation to be signed into law.
To put it simply, the law removes a requirement that junior firefighters take Department of Conservation and Natural Resources training on how to battle wildfires. The landscape of Pennsylvania has changed since this training regulation was first implemented. Rural areas are now more suburban, or even urban, and fire departments in those coverage areas see few or no wildfires. I worked with the state fire commissioner and other stakeholders on this legislation to remove barriers for young folks to get involved in the fire service.