The legislature’s Education Committee has unanimously endorsed a bill that would allocate $1 million per year to firefighter training facilities.
Maine is one of the few states that has no central fire training facility, which would offer trainees experience in fighting all types of fires.
Lyman and Dayton fire chief Roger Hooper says the profession requires hands on training.
“We don’t get there by watching TV and movies,” says Hooper. “We get there by having a place where we can go and practice these skills and get and competent and proficient at it.”