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									Commonwealth of Kentucky                          Legislative Research Commission
General Assembly                                Local Mandate Fiscal Impact Estimate

                               2009 REGULAR SESSION

                                  Measure Information

Bill Request #:   246

Bill #:    HB 150 GA

Bill Subject/Title:     AN ACT relating to firefighters.

Sponsor:    Representative M. Cherry

Unit of Government:       x   City                 x   County               x   Urban-County
                          x   Charter County       x   Consolidated Local   x   Unified Local

Office(s) Impacted        Public Safety—Fire Departments

Requirement:      x      Mandatory         Optional

Effect on
Powers & Duties            Modifies Existing     x     Adds New         Eliminates Existing

                                 Purpose and Mechanics

HB 150 GA amends KRS 95A.040 to require the Commission on Fire Protection
Personnel Standards and Education to establish a physical agility test for all candidates
for professional firefighter positions hired on or after January 1, 2013. The Commission
is authorized to establish a fee of an unspecified amount to be charged to candidates
participating in the physical agility test.

Under the measure, the term "professional firefighter" includes any paid firefighter who
is a member of a:
Municipal fire department organized under KRS Chapter 95;
Fire protection district organized under KRS Chapter 75;
County fire department created pursuant to KRS Chapter 67;
Fire department under the jurisdiction of a consolidated local government;
Fire department under the jurisdiction of a charter county government;
Fire department under the jurisdiction of an urban county government;
Fire department under the jurisdiction of a unified local government; and
Fire department created under the provisions of KRS Chapter 273.




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                Fiscal Explanation, Bill Provisions, and Estimated Cost

The fiscal impact of HB 150 GA on local governments (local fire departments) is
expected to be nil as long as funds for candidate physical agility tests remain available in
a line item in the budget for the Kentucky Fire Commission.

For Kentucky, the following numbers are available regarding the number of established
fire departments:
     415 fire departments created under KRS Chapter 273;
     63 fire departments created under KRS Chapter 67;
     133 fire department districts created under KRS Chapter 75; and
     175 city fire departments created under Chapter 95.
During calendar year 2007, there were approximately 4,500 paid firefighters in the
Commonwealth.

Under current practice, individual fire departments decide whether to conduct physical
agility testing for candidates or currently employed firefighters. Under HB 150 GA and
beginning on January 1, 2013, candidates for professional firefighter positions will be
required to take a physical agility test. In the meantime, the Kentucky Fire Commission
is to establish procedures for firefighter candidates to voluntarily take the candidate
physical agility test. In current practice, the Commission has been offering this physical
agility test for the past year and candidates for positions in fire departments throughout
the Commonwealth are rapidly responding and voluntarily taking the test. Under the
measure, candidates may be charged a fee for the test but the Kentucky Fire Commission
has covering the expense of the $100 - $125 test per candidate. The Commission has
available, under a Firefighter Foundation line item, about a million dollars in funds
annually for administration of these tests and for other health and wellness matters,
including necessary exercise equipment. Should the funds run out, the candidate would
be responsible for paying the $100 fee for the test. It is hoped that these health and
wellness measures will reduce injuries and cut down on workers compensation and health
care costs for local fire departments.

Data Source(s):     Kentucky Fire Commission; Kentucky Professional Firefighters


Preparer: Dianna McClure                    Reviewer:                    Date:




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