Gov. Pence signs bill creating unified fire training system

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new law will give Indiana firefighters access to high-quality training and a standardized curriculum that public safety officials say is long overdue.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a measure Thursday that will establish a unified fire academy and training program in Indiana. The proposal was part of Pence’s legislative agenda.

Indiana’s current program is regional and training decisions are made on a local level and then approved by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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

The state fire marshal will now create a set standard for firefighter training and curriculum.

Pence says the proposal will not only protect firefighters on the job, but also provide better service and safety for Hoosiers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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