Governor cuts funding for fire training schools

<p>State spending cuts are hitting all eight of Connecticut's regional fire training schools, officials learned Monday.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 20, 2017, 8:25 PM

Updated 2,380 days ago

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State spending cuts are hitting all eight of Connecticut's regional fire training schools, officials learned Monday.
After the state budget passed last month, Gov. Dannel Malloy needed to find $182 million in savings, and the schools are among the casualties.
Stamford's fire school will lose $55,000 in funding. Fire Chief Trevor Roach says that means fewer training classes and increased training costs for firefighters.
The Fairfield school will lose $70,000. Smaller schools could close entirely, and prospective firefighters may have to pay their own way, according to officials.
"Volunteer fire departments are strapped for personnel on any day," Roach says. "So any way we can create more of an impediment to those firefighters being trained, it's a problem for us."
Gov. Malloy's office did not immediately respond to a News 12 Connecticut request for comment.


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