EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Nearly 80 percent of Wisconsin’s fire departments are made of up volunteer firefighters according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Now, the standards for training professional and volunteer firefighters in the state of Wisconsin will see some changes in the coming months.
Starting on October 1, the new standards will remove a 2 year grace period to train new firefighters and it will also eliminate a one-year grace period for fire officers to obtain more comprehensive training. The new rule will also allow departments to provide on-the-job training for new members to assist in non-hazardous situations.
It will also require drivers to go through 30 hours of additional training to drive and operate the fire trucks. According to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, these changes will get Wisconsin Firefighter training up to OSHA standards set at the federal level. MORE