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Fallen firefighter ceremony highlights line-of-duty cancer risks

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Loran Johnston was the recipient of a red flower Wednesday — a symbol of the sacrifice her husband made in the line of duty as a firefighter. Joel Johnston, who served with the Indianapolis Fire Department for 16 years, was one of hundreds honored during the Indiana Fallen Firefighters […]

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Police, firefighters push for allowing residency outside Indiana

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some police and firefighters living in the 36 border counties in Indiana are fighting for the chance to live in nearby states rather than the Hoosier state. South Bend police officer Blake Paturalski has two children and one on the way. Recently, he had what he calls a “unique […]

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New law: Fire academies to provide uniform training

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Firefighters often risk their lives to save others but a new law expands the opportunity for more unified training, with the intent of creating safer situations for both the victims and the rescuers. The General Assembly knew the law as House Bill 1182. The bill authored by Rep. Randy […]

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Pence signs firefighter training bill into law

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed legislation meant to improve training for firefighters and other emergency personnel. House Bill 1182 establishes the Fire & Public Safety Academy Training System to offer advanced, voluntary training programs. “Better training for firefighters and emergency personnel equates to better service and safety for Hoosiers,” Pence […]

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Leising tries again with bill to let firefighters be elected officials

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Five hundred public officeholders across Indiana could be granted the ability to maintain their positions as volunteer firefighters if proposed legislation becomes law. Senate Bill 131, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would alter current law prohibiting volunteer firefighters from holding elected office if the position has influence over […]

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Local fire fighters receive grants

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The DNR Division of Forestry divvied out more than $194,000 in grants to rural and volunteer fire departments from 29 Indiana counties. The Volunteer Fire Assistance grants – made available through the USDA Forest Service – were provided to recipients that met requirements for population density, acres of public, […]

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Bill would help emergency agencies get reimbursed after disasters

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers are working to pass legislation that would make it easier for fire departments and other emergency agencies get reimbursed when responding to emergencies declared by the governor. The bill – passed unanimously by a House committee Tuesday – is meant to relieve local communities from carrying the […]