CSSB 201(FIN): "An Act relating to the employment of emergency fire-fighting personnel by the commissioner of natural resources."

00CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 201(FIN) 01 "An Act relating to the employment of emergency fire-fighting personnel by the 02 commissioner of natural resources." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 39.25.110(19) is amended to read: 05  (19) emergency fire-fighting personnel [FIRE FIGHTERS] employed 06 by the Department of Natural Resources for a fire emergency or for fire prevention 07 and related activities conducted under AS 41.15.030; 08 * Sec. 2. AS 41.15.030(b) is amended to read: 09  (b) The commissioner may hire emergency fire-fighting personnel, and shall 10 establish classifications and rates of pay for the emergency fire-fighting personnel 11 consistent with the compensation paid by other fire-fighting agencies. The 12 commissioner may adjust the classifications and rates based on findings of the federal 13 Bureau of Land Management for Alaska. The commissioner may assign emergency 14 fire-fighting personnel to conduct fire suppression, hazard reduction, fire

01 prevention, habitat restoration or improvement, and other related activities in 02 emergency and nonemergency circumstances. The assignment of emergency fire- 03 fighting personnel to nonemergency activities may not be used to replace permanent or 04 seasonal state employees. The commissioner may not use appropriations to the 05 department from state general funds for emergency fire- 06 fighting personnel engaged in nonemergency activities under this section. 07 * Sec. 3. AS 41.15.210 is amended to read: 08  Sec. 41.15.210. FIRE SUPPRESSION FUND. A fire suppression fund is 09 established in the state treasury for the use of the department. The fund shall be used 10 for actual expenses incurred in the suppression of fires. The fund may not be used 11  (1) for capital expenditures; or 12  (2) to fund nonemergency activities of emergency fire-fighting 13 personnel under AS 41.15.030.