Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 106

02/24/2015 08:00 AM House STATE AFFAIRS

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Moved HB 56 Out of Committee
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                 HB 56-ALASKA FIREFIGHTERS' DAY                                                                             
8:02:43 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR LYNN announced  that the first order of  business was HOUSE                                                               
BILL NO. 56, "An Act establishing Alaska Firefighters' Day."                                                                    
[CHAIR LYNN handed the gavel to Vice Chair Keller.]                                                                             
8:03:15 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR LYNN, as  joint prime sponsor, introduced HB  56 and stated                                                               
that firefighters run into burning  buildings to rescue people at                                                               
the risk  of their own  lives.  He  said they fight  forest fires                                                               
and respond  during natural  disasters, such  as the  Good Friday                                                               
Earthquake  on   March  27,  1964.     Further,  he   noted  that                                                               
firefighters are  first responders  to medical  emergencies; they                                                               
save lives  by administering cardiopulmonary  resuscitation (CPR)                                                               
and  using  defibrillators and  the  "jaws  of  life."   He  said                                                               
firefighters even collect  funds for charities.   Chair Lynn said                                                               
the  proposed  legislation  honors firefighters  with  their  own                                                               
special day, and he opined that they deserve the recognition.                                                                   
8:04:49 AM                                                                                                                    
ESTHER  MILKE,  Staff,  Representative  Bob  Lynn,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented  HB 56 on  behalf of  Representative Lynn,                                                               
joint  prime sponsor.   She  echoed Representative  Lynn's remark                                                               
that  the proposed  legislation would  establish a  day to  honor                                                               
firefighters in the state and thank  them for the work they do to                                                               
keep people  safe.   She said  HB 56  would designate  the Sunday                                                               
preceding  October 9th  as Alaska  Firefighters' Day.   She  said                                                               
that particular date  was chosen, because it  marks the beginning                                                               
of  National  Fire  Prevention Week,  which  was  established  to                                                               
commemorate the Great  Chicago Fire of 1871.   She concluded, "We                                                               
hope this  bill will help  all Alaskans  to remember to  take the                                                               
time to appreciate  and thank the firefighters that  keep us safe                                                               
every day."                                                                                                                     
8:05:57 AM                                                                                                                    
KELLY NICOLELLO,  Director/State Fire  Marshal, Division  of Fire                                                               
and Life Safety,  Department of Public Safety,  related there are                                                               
approximately 1,500  firefighters in  Alaska, made up  of career,                                                               
municipal,   borough,  wild   land,  and   airport  firefighters.                                                               
Additionally, there are  approximately 6,000 volunteer municipal,                                                               
borough,  village,  and  wild  land  firefighters,  and  all  are                                                               
considered professionals that serve  their communities with their                                                               
heart,  soul, pocketbook,  and sometimes  even their  lives.   He                                                               
said  the  vast  majority  are  volunteers  that  have  full-time                                                               
careers.    Mr. Nicolello  said  all  firefighters dedicate  many                                                               
extra hours  in education  and training  to prepare  as emergency                                                               
responders, and  they ask  for little or  no material  return for                                                               
their  services.   He posited  that the  general public  does not                                                               
understand  the sacrifice  of  time and  commitment  it takes  to                                                               
serve as a firefighter.                                                                                                         
MR. NICOLELLO  explained that firefighters  have a deep  pride in                                                               
what they do  and their self-respect and  satisfaction comes from                                                               
knowing  they make  an immediate  and  impactful difference  when                                                               
someone  is  having one  of  their  worst  moments.   He  further                                                               
explained that  they make things  right; they console;  they save                                                               
lives and property;  and if you ask any one  of them, that's good                                                               
enough  for  them.   Nevertheless,  he  stated that  respect  and                                                               
expressed   appreciation   are  currencies   firefighters   truly                                                               
appreciate.    He  emphasized  the  positive  effect  of  raising                                                               
appreciation of firefighters  to the state level  and opined that                                                               
Alaska  Firefighters' Day  would be  a great  way to  demonstrate                                                               
that  their personal  involvement  means more  than what  happens                                                               
locally, that  "the service they  perform has a direct  impact on                                                               
the quality of  life of those around them and  is recognized as a                                                               
positive contribution to Alaska as a whole."                                                                                    
MR. NICOLELLO  said he  thought it  was appropriate  to recognize                                                               
firefighters during  Fire Prevention Week,  because it is  a week                                                               
when  people remember  those firefighters  who  lost their  lives                                                               
during the  performance of their  duties, and  it is a  time when                                                               
there is a focus on educating  children in the principles of fire                                                               
safety  throughout  schools  and  community  organizations.    He                                                               
added, "And  what a  better day  than a Sunday  to thank  God for                                                               
what they  do and show them  the appreciation they deserve?"   He                                                               
asked the committee to move HB 56 forward.                                                                                      
8:08:44 AM                                                                                                                    
JEFF  TUCKER,   Second  Vice   President,  Alaska   Fire  Chief's                                                               
Association (AFCA), testified in support  of HB 56 and echoed Mr.                                                               
Nicolello's   statement  that   firefighters  across   the  state                                                               
sacrifice much  to serve  their communities.   He noted  there is                                                               
already  a day  when those  firefighters who  have fallen  in the                                                               
line of duty are recognized,  and he emphasized the importance of                                                               
celebrating Alaska firefighters and  their commitment and service                                                               
to communities.   He said  people sometimes take for  granted the                                                               
job firefighters  perform until they  need them, and  opined that                                                               
it  is appropriate  for  Alaskans  to take  a  day  to pause  and                                                               
celebrate the service of firefighters.                                                                                          
VICE CHAIR  KELLER, after ascertaining  no one further  wished to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony on HB 56.                                                                                      
8:10:23 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  STUTES moved  to report  HB 56  out of  committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.  There  being no objection, HB 56 was  reported out of the                                                               
House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                         
CHAIR LYNN thanked committee members for supporting HB 56.                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
01 HB56 ver A.PDF HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
02 HB56 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
03 HB56 Supporting Documents - LAA Research AK Firefighting History.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
04 HB56 Supporting Documents- Letter Alaska Fire Chiefs Association.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
05 HB56 Supporting Documents- Letter Mark Hall of Hilcorps.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
06 08 HB56 Supporting Documents- Ntnl Volunteer Fire Council.PDF HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
07 HB56 Fiscal Note DOA 2-20-2015.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
08 HB56-LEG-SESS-02-20-2015.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
01 HB22 Version A.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22
02 HB22 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22
03 HB22 Supporting Documents - Resources and studies relating to probation caseloads.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22
04 HB22 - Supporting Document - Probation & Parole Officer Caseload Legislative Research Report.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22
05 HB22 - Supporting Documents - The Urban Institute.Public Safety First (section 10).pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22
06 HB22 - Supporting Documents - The Urban Institute.Public Safety First.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22
07 HB22 Fiscal Note DOC.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22
09 HB56 Supporting Documents- Letter AK Professional Firefighters Association.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 56
08 HB22 - Supporting Document - DOC Projected Institutional Inmate Population and Funding-LFD.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22
09 HB22 Supporting Documents Copy of PO_Caseload_02-23-2015.pdf HSTA 2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 22