Frankfort, KY – State representative Joni Jenkins says she will introduce a bill this week that will propose spending $9 million to help curb a surge in deaths among volunteer firefighters.
The bill calls for more training and equipment for volunteer departments. Jenkins will introduce the legislation at the request of Kentucky Fire Commission officials, who acknowledge that they can't meet current training demands.
They say that some equipment used by volunteer departments is not adequate to prevent injuries during training.
Kentucky was second in the nation in 2004 in the number of firefighter deaths with seven volunteer firefighters and one paid firefighter killed in the line of duty.