A fire protection district (district) is a special purpose district established to provide fire prevention, fire suppression, and emergency medical services, and for the protection of life and property within the district boundaries.
Districts are authorized to:
A fire protection district may provide training, expend resources, and enter into an interlocal agreement to mitigate injuries and reduce the level of harm and occurrence of injuries when responding to calls. The training may include worker or workplace safety, first aid, injury prevention, and reduction of industrial-related accidents.
(In support) The Clark County Fire District 5 has been doing safety and training courses over the last 20 years, but the auditor recently told the district it did not have statutory authority to do so. For many years a single sentence of statutory authority guided districts in what they were able to do. A decade ago, a fire protection district's duty was primarily fire suppression, but today, emergency medical services make up the majority of a district's duties. This common-sense bipartisan bill gives the district statutory authority to continue to do safety and training courses, and does not mandate that districts do the training. The bill allows them to teach first aid, address needs with workers, and allows interlocal agreements with other entities. The new language brings the authority of fire protection districts up to date. Injuries and events are more preventable when they are predictable, and the training allows districts to predict and prevent injuries. The trainings are critical to employees and they are provided at a low cost. The cost of piecemeal training would be triple what the cost is now. The centralized training program provides consistency in training and is taught by qualified trainers. It is a benefit to the community and taxpayers.