Allor plan allowing DNR firefighters to provide mutual aid becomes law

first_img26Mar Allor plan allowing DNR firefighters to provide mutual aid becomes law Categories: Allor News Firefighters with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will now be able to assist with search and rescue operations following natural disasters in other states – something that was not allowed prior to legislation introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor, which was signed into law last week.Allor, of Wolverine, said DNR firefighters were previously able to respond to forest fires in other states, but not other emergencies such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters.“Every year, and often multiple times a year, requests are made asking our state to help during emergencies,” Allor said. “Last year, the DNR deployed more than 150 employees to fight out-of-state forest fires but state law prevented the DNR from assisting people in need following other events, like Hurricane Harvey. This reform allows us to step up and help our neighbors in need.”Allor said Michigan is reimbursed for all costs incurred when responding to emergencies in other states, and the DNR is not required to send assistance when a request is made.“The DNR will weigh each request against in-state work, with the safety and security of Michigan residents taking top priority,” Allor said. “But if the time is right and we can provide assistance, Michigan firefighters will gain valuable experience and learn skills they can put to use here at home.”Allor said Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush played a key role in the legislative process.“I want to thank Chief Forbush, first for bringing the issue to my attention and also for testifying in support of the bill during committee,” Allor said. “He provided a tremendous amount of helpful insight and knowledge.”Allor’s legislation, House Bill 5198, is now Public Act 80 of 2018.###last_img

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