Dear Honorable Senators and Delegates,

On behalf of the entire membership of the West Virginia State Fireman’s Association we would like to formally thank you for your unanimous passage of Senate Bill 213 / House Bill 4107 in both the Senate and the House of Delegates.

This bill will bring fire service training in the State of West Virginia into the 21rst Century and will allow firefighters and first responders to take valuable courses without having to travel long distances and/or spend more time away from their families. The increased access to training opportunities will improve firefighter safety and improve the public safety services provided to the citizens of West Virginia.

This bill will provide a process where end users and the public will have a voice in how their fire departments and first responders are trained.

We humbly thank the 2012 Legislature for this prudent action and for its bipartisan support.

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