2016 Legislative Council Study Committee on Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Shortages

Legislative Council Staff

Margit Kelley

Andrea Brauer

Julie Learned


Senator Nass (Chair)

Representative Kremer (Vice-Chair)

Senator Bewley

John Eich

J. Timothy Hillebrand

Representative Kolste

Gregory G. Michalek

Jodie Olson

Jeff Rickaby

David R. Seager Jr.

Dana Sechler

James Small

Jody Stoker

Jay R. Tousey

Gene Wright

Hearing Notices

Travel Voucher

Membership List


  • The Study Committee is directed to examine issues related to the shortage of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the state, particularly in rural areas, and propose measures to address the shortage. Specifically, the Study Committee shall study all of the following: (a) the magnitude of volunteer shortages, the areas of the state most affected, and the potential impact of shortages on public health and safety and economic development; (b) whether current training and continuing education requirements contribute to the shortage; (c) relationships between full-time and volunteer emergency response departments and the impact that the shortage of volunteers has on nonvolunteer departments in neighboring communities; and (d) whether the creation of organizations, particularly in rural areas, may help address the shortage. The committee shall develop legislative options to meet the needs of full time and volunteer fire departments, including proposals designed to increase the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters throughout the state.

July 26, 2016 Meeting 9:30 a.m. Legislative Council Large Conference Room [ Audio | Agenda | Minutes ]

August 30, 2016 Meeting 9:30 a.m. Room 412 East, State Capitol [ Audio | Agenda | Minutes ]

September 20, 2016 Meeting 9:30 a.m. Room 412 East, State Capitol [ Audio/Video | Agenda | Minutes ]

October 18, 2016 Meeting 9:30 a.m. Room 412 East, State Capitol [ Audio | Agenda | Minutes ]

November 15, 2016 Meeting 9:30 a.m. Room 411 South, State Capitol [ Audio Part 1 | Audio Part 2 | Audio Part 3 | Agenda | Minutes ]

December 14, 2016 Mail Ballot

Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (February 1, 2017)

Joint Legislative Council Recommendations to the 2017-18 Legislature