January 23, 2009
SENATE BILL No. 322
DIGEST OF SB 322
(Updated January 20, 2009 12:45 pm - DI 71)
Citations Affected: IC 36-8.
Synopsis: Firefighter training. Provides that a full-time firefighter
employed after December 31, 2009, must complete the training for
Firefighter I and Firefighter II during the firefighter's first year of
employment as a full-time firefighter. Allows the education board of
the division of preparedness and training of the department of
homeland security (board) to grant six month extensions of time to
complete the training requirements for any reason. Requires a fire
department to request the extension on behalf of a firefighter employed
by the department. Requires a fire department to report to the board
when a firefighter employed by the department has completed the
Effective: January 1, 2010.
, Wyss, Arnold
January 8, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Homeland Security,
Transportation & Veterans Affairs.
January 22, 2009, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
January 23, 2009
First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)
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SENATE BILL No. 322
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 36-8-10.5-7; (09)SB0322.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 36-8-10.5-7, AS AMENDED BY P.L.148-2007,
SECTION 7, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JANUARY 1, 2010]: Sec. 7. (a) The education board shall adopt rules
under IC 4-22-2 establishing minimum basic training requirements for
full-time firefighters and volunteer firefighters, subject to subsection
(b) and section 7.5 of this chapter. The requirements must include
training in the following areas:
(2) Personal safety.
(3) Forcible entry.
(7) Self-contained breathing apparatus.
(8) Hose loads.
(10) Basic recognition of special hazards.
(b) A person who fulfills the certification requirements for:
(1) Firefighter I, as described in 655 IAC 1-2.1-4; or
(2) Firefighter II, as described in 655 IAC 1-2.1-5;
is considered to comply with the requirements established under
(c) In addition to the requirements of subsections (a) and (d), the
minimum basic training requirements for full-time firefighters and
volunteer firefighters must include successful completion of a basic or
inservice course of education and training on sudden infant death
syndrome that is certified by the emergency medical services
commission (created under IC 16-31-2-1) in conjunction with the state
(d) In addition to the requirements of subsections (a) and (c), the
minimum basic training requirements for full-time and volunteer
firefighters must include successful completion of an instruction course
on vehicle emergency response driving safety. The education board
shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to operate this course.
SOURCE: IC 36-8-10.5-7.5; (09)SB0322.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 36-8-10.5-7.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW
SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2010]: Sec. 7.5. (a) Except as provided
in subsection (b), an individual whose employment by a fire
department as a full-time firefighter begins after December 31,
2009, must complete the training for Firefighter I (as described in
655 IAC 1-2.1-4) and Firefighter II (as described in 655
IAC 1-2.1-5) during the firefighter's first year of employment. The
fire department that employs a firefighter shall report to the
education board when the firefighter has completed the training
requirements established by this subsection.
(b) The education board may grant a firefighter any number of
extensions of six (6) months to complete the training required
under subsection (a). An extension must be requested by the fire
department that employs the firefighter. An extension may be
requested for any reason, including the following:
(1) The firefighter has been attending training in accordance
with section 8 of this chapter in any of the following:
(A) Hazardous materials.
(B) Paramedic training.
(C) Emergency medical technician training.
(D) Technical training.
(2) The firefighter was unable to complete the training due to
(c) The education board shall determine whether a firefighter
receives an extension under this section.