[cifnmedia] Governor’s budget plan for Office of the State Fire Marshal

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  • Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 23:32:14 -0800 (PST)

February 18, 2004

Governor’s budget plan for Office of the State Fire Marshal boosts frontline 
positions and increases services to local fire departments 
FY05 budget proposal more than doubles funding for firefighter training

 SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich unveiled plans to put more State 
Fire Marshal officers on the frontlines.  In fact, the Fiscal Year 2005 State 
Fire Marshal budget increases the number of frontline positions by 28 percent.  
The new frontline positions will include more fire prevention inspectors, arson 
investigators, and boiler and pressure vessel inspectors.  As a result of this 
enhanced inspection force, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) will 
inspect approximately 10,000 additional sites.  


The OSFM budget, recommended by the Governor, is $14.78 million, up from $13.3 
million last fiscal year.  The increase reflects additional resources in fire 
prevention, fire investigation and services. The FY05 proposed budget also 
includes $700,000 for firefighter training, double last year’s funding.  This 
money will be directly reimbursed to municipalities and fire protection 
districts for training expenses.   


“The FY05 increases represent a clear commitment to the public safety of the 
people of Illinois,” said Fire Marshal Peter F. Viña, “The additional 
funds will have a direct impact on the safety of the average person through 
increased site inspections and better trained firefighters.”


Key initiatives included in the Office of the State Fire Marshal budget include:

·        Increases in the number of frontline inspectors and investigators

·        Doubles appropriation for firefighter training reimbursement

·        Additional $250,000 for Chicago Fire Department Training Program

·        New program for Fire Chiefs training

·        Consolidation of OSFM Petroleum and Chemical Safety division into the 
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency


“By ensuring public safety through fire prevention, public education, and 
firefighter training OSFM has helped reduce loss of life and property through 
fire,” said Fire Marshal Viña, “This year’s budget will further enables 
OSFM to ensure public safety through additional inspections, training and 
education programs.”

Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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