HARTFORD – State Representative J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) participated in the inaugural meeting of the Fire/EMS Legislative Caucus on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. The organizational meeting was attended by legislators as well as the first responders who are involved. The bipartisan caucus was founded in order to generate awareness about legislative initiatives that will ultimately help create better policies addressing public safety matters.
“The goal for the Fire/EMS Caucus is ultimately to provide legislators and other interested parties with more information about the public safety issues that the legislature takes up,” said Rep. Sredzinski, who serves as Ranking Member on the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee. “It is my hope that this caucus can give members much-needed insight into pressing issues that may be difficult concepts to grasp for policymakers who may not have an emergency services background. I am eager to both share my experiences working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher and gain valuable knowledge about other fields that I am less familiar with.”
Tuesday’s discussion primarily focused on funding. There are several public safety initiatives that are not adequately funded, such as the state’s fire training schools. According to Rep. Sredzinski, this is the type of scenario the caucus will analyze and produce recommendations to address.
In the previous legislative session, Rep. Sredzinski supported Public Act 17-175. This law requires an increased standard of maintaining fire apparatus, which is intended to provide first responders the best equipment and resources possible to effectively remedy an emergency situation.
The Fire/EMS caucus will meet on a monthly basis. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building.