New Law Tackles State’s Firefighter Shortage

Illinois Firefighters Association Vice President Kevin Schott is hoping the recently enacted Firefighter Training Leave of Absence Act proves to be just a starting point in the state’s ongoing push to address its worker shortage.

“I think whatever can be done at this point to help with recruitment and retention is a good thing,” Schott told The Center Square. “Every step we can take to help is vital. We’re in a crisis and not just in fire service, but in emergency service. The EMS world is hurting for volunteers as well.”

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