The fire fighter of today is expected to respond to situations that require training and experience. State and federal regulations mandate many hours of training in preparation for an ever-increasing variety of response situations including fire, medical and hazardous material emergencies. Volunteers and paid on-call fire fighters in all departments must make a substantial commitment of personal time for this training. The state and federal government should fund these mandated training requirements.
When a property owner is conducting a legal burn, the property owner should not be responsible for costs incurred by an unnecessary fire truck dispatch.
Local units of government have begun charging farms a fee for emergency preparation inspections. These inspections are completed by a local fire department to comply with requirements authorized by MI-OSHA. We believe local units of government should consider the following:
Therefore, we support policy that prohibits local units of government and fire authorities from charging for emergency preparation inspections. Furthermore, the E-Tube shall suffice as an appropriate level of information.
Per the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, we encourage producers to comply with Tier II reporting of any threshold planning quantity materials (EPA listed chemicals) to the Department of Environmental Quality on or before March 1 of each year.
Firefighters are welcome to visit farms to be prepared for emergency planning and firefighter safety, but at their own expense.