Chandler’s fire suppression legislation passes House

The House of Representatives today unanimously passed a measure sponsored by Rep. Bruce Chandler to address fire protection of land outside local fire districts.

House Bill 1506 would give property owners outside fire protection districts choices to receive fire suppression services and potential buyers the knowledge about land outside the fire service district. In addition, the legislation would allow a fire protection agency to aid in fire suppression outside its jurisdiction with some immunity from legal discourse.

“This is an important step in addressing areas in our state without fire protection,” said Chandler, R-Granger. “We need to respond to wildfires sooner when they're smaller, allowing people to put out fires at less expense, and this proposal promotes that. In addition, firefighters can aid in putting out a fire before it grows without fear of excessive liability. This legislation is about protecting people and property.”

The legislation had unanimous support in the two House committees it was heard. It now gets passed to the Senate for further consideration.

Contact: Sarah Lamb, Public Information Officer, (360) 786-7720

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