Herbig laws to expand firefighter training and create Gold Star memorial take effect

Posted: December 21, 2018 | Senator Herbig

From left, Sen. Erin Herbig, Billy Gillespie, Chief Bill Gillespie, and Tobey Kress

AUGUSTA — Two new laws by Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, to expand live fire training for firefighters and create a Gold Star memorial in Capitol Park in Augusta went into effect on Thursday, Dec. 13. The first law, LD 1845, establishes a grant program as part of the Maine Fire Service Institute. The program will fund regional live fire service training facilities that will support trained firefighters in Maine and attract trained firefighters to Maine. The second law, LD 1918, authorizes the State House and Capitol Park Commission to develop and install a monument honoring Gold Star families.

“From Gold Star families to firefighters and first responders, our heroes deserve the best training and most meaningful recognition we can provide,” said Sen. Herbig. “By expanding live fire training for firefighters and creating a Gold Star memorial at the state Capitol, these laws honor the service and sacrifice of those who put their lives on the line to protect the way of life we cherish.”

Sen. Herbig has made supporting Maine service members, veterans and first responders a top priority. Both of the laws, which Sen. Herbig introduced last year, passed unanimously.

“I’m grateful to my colleagues for their unanimous support of these two important bills,” said Sen. Herbig. “Together, let’s continue to do everything we can to recognize and support veterans and first responders. They deserve nothing less.”

After serving four terms in the Maine House, Sen. Herbig was elected to the Maine Senate and sworn in Dec. 5. The new Legislature will convene on Wednesday, Jan. 2.