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Bill To Aid Colorado Volunteer Fire Depts. Heads To Governor's Desk

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A bipartisan bill aimed at helping volunteer fire departments organize and get funding heads to the Governor’s desk. 

HB 1017 cleared the state Senate on Tuesday. 

The measure would create the Volunteer Fire Department Organization Act. 

Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, is one of the bills sponsors.

"It will be one of the first bills that will be presented to the Governor to sign into law," Hamner said.

The legislation would help not-for-profit, non-governmental, volunteer fire departments gain official recognition and make them eligible to receive state assistance grants.

"What this bill does is encouraged those departments to register their departments, to identify what their service area is [and] give us contact information on how to reach them," Paul Cooke, the director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, said. "And, if they are recognized then they are eligible for the state assistance grant funding."

Cooke estimates there are up 60 volunteer fire departments across the state that this bill could help. 

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