Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 19, 2013
Sen. John Sparks
Senate approves measure allowing for more volunteer firefighters
The Senate this week approved legislation allowing
rural communities to add volunteer firefighters. House Bill 1904
will allow towns that have reached their limit of 25 volunteer firefighters
to add an additional five firefighters if needed.
Sparks, Senate author of HB 1904, said the measure would allow
communities that have battled some of the most threatening wildfires
in recent years to strengthen their ability to defend life and property.
“We want our fire departments to have all the resources they
need to keep our communities safe,” said Sparks, D-Norman.
“The wildfires we’ve seen in recent years have stretched
their resources to the limit, and they need to be able to add manpower.
The Legislature shouldn’t stand in the way of well-trained
men and women who are willing to place themselves in danger to protect
The bill will authorize any municipality with a volunteer fire department
that serves as a 911 emergency area in communities of at least fifty
square miles to add up to five volunteer firefighters to its force.
Rep. Bobby Cleveland, House author of HB 1904, said the measure
would help rural fire departments protect Oklahoma communities.
“Volunteer firefighters are the line that stands between rural
communities and natural disasters,” said Cleveland, R-Slaughterville.
“These men and women protect our most valuable possessions,
and they are stretched thin. This bill will help authorize them
to take on a larger number of firefighters, when appropriate.”
HB 1904 was unanimously approved by the Senate on Wednesday, and
now advances to the desk of the Governor.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sparks: (405) 521-5553