New law allows emergency personnel training
A bill authored by Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Loma Rica, to allow emergency personnel training for volunteer firefighters was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Bill 11 revises the provisions in a current law concerning employers allowing volunteer firefighters time off for training, to apply to emergency rescue personnel and reserve peace officers in order to allow them to receive similar training.
Under the revisions, an employer with 50 or more workers is required to allow an employee who is a volunteer firefighter, emergency rescue personnel or reserve peace officer, to take off no more than 14 days a year to receive training.
"This is going to make a huge difference in rural counties where these volunteer firefighters, reserve peace officers and volunteer emergency services personnel provide these lifesaving services to such widespread areas," Logue said in a press release. "By making these trainings more accessible to the reserve peace officers and volunteer emergency services personnel, we could be helping them to save countless lives."
Logue's office said AB11 received bipartisan support as it worked its way through the Legislature. In addition, it received support from the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriff's Association.
Logue represents the 3rd Assembly District, which includes the communities of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba.