Fire department to receive $3K for training

Published 8:56 am Friday, November 11, 2011

The Austin Fire Department will receive more than $3,400 in 2012 for training reimbursement grants from the state fire safety account.

This year, the per-firefighter reimbursement rate is $101.85, so Austin will receive $3,462 for the year starting July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012.

Fire Chief Mickey Healey said the fire department’s annual training budget is roughly $6,000, with about $3,000 coming from city funds. The rest of the funding is provided by the training reimbursement grants at the end of the fiscal year.

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“It helps out tremendously that we can be reimbursed for this,” Healey said.

Healey said Austin is fortunate because it has training instructors in-house, so less money needs to be spent to bring in outside trainers.

The state funding, which comes from the fire safety account, is from a surcharge on all homeowner insurance policies and some commercial insurance policies in Minnesota.