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AB-1631 Fire protection: volunteer firefighters: training.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1631


Introduced by Assembly Member Gray

February 22, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 13159.3 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to fire protection.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1631, as introduced, Gray. Fire protection: volunteer firefighters: training.
Existing law establishes the California Fire Service Training and Education Program in the office of the State Fire Marshal and requires the State Fire Marshal to make fire service training and education programs, including training and education in the use of heavy rescue equipment, available on a voluntary basis to fire departments that rely extensively on volunteers.
This bill would require the State Fire Marshal to employ at least 5 traveling training officers and any necessary equipment to provide weekend and evening training classes year-round, as specified, to volunteer fire departments and those fire departments consisting of a combination of volunteer, partly paid, or fully paid members. The bill would also authorize firefighters to receive 100% reimbursement of actual costs from the State Fire Marshal for attending training classes at a local community college if the State Fire Marshal is unable to provide training classes. The bill would authorize the State Fire Marshal to adopt regulations implementing these provisions. The bill would require the State Fire Marshal to report annually to the Legislature on the effectiveness of the program. The bill would make the implementation of these provisions contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for these purposes. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2025.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13159.3 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

13159.3.
 (a) The State Fire Marshal shall employ at least five traveling training officers and any necessary equipment to provide weekend and evening training classes year-round to volunteer fire departments and those fire departments consisting of a combination of volunteer, partly paid, or fully paid members
(b) Each participating department shall determine its schedule of training classes and the available curriculum.
(c) If the State Fire Marshal is unable to provide training classes to a department, firefighters of that department may attend training classes at a local community college and receive 100 percent reimbursement for the actual costs. A claim for reimbursement shall be submitted by a firefighter directly to the State Fire Marshal and shall be paid within 90 days upon receipt of the claim.
(d) (1) The State Fire Marshal shall report to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2022, and by January 1 of the following two years, on the effectiveness of the program implemented pursuant to this section.
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) The State Fire Marshal may adopt regulations implementing this section.
(f) This section shall be implemented only upon an appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act for these purposes.
(g) This section shall remain in effect until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, enacted before January 1, 2025, deletes or extends that date.