Indiana moves to standardize state fire training system

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana public safety officials say a proposal moving through the General Assembly will help standardize curriculum and provide more consistent training for firefighters throughout the state.

The House and Senate have both approved similar versions of a bill that would establish a unified fire academy and training program in Indiana. Lawmakers say the academy is long overdue.

Indiana’s current fire training program is a regional model. Most states have a statewide academy program.

Fire officials say collaboration can be difficult when training varies, and this can create dangerous situations for firefighters.

The bill would allow the State Fire Marshal to create a set standard for firefighter training and curriculum.

The House must accept Senate changes to the bill before it can be sent to Gov. Mike Pence for approval.

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