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Lawmakers: Give Military and Firefighters Reciprocity

Lawmakers: Give Military and Firefighters Reciprocity

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Illinois lawmakers have asked Governor Pat Quinn to make the firefighter certification process easier for the state’s military members.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and other lawmakers urged the Chicago Democrat to let military members and veterans with firefighter training to forego the state’s certification process. Current rules require those with military certifications to take written tests and practical exams.

According to Kirk’s office, at least 38 states nationwide offer this trade off — including Iowa, Missouri and Indiana.

The Republican senator says the measure would allow military members to make smooth transition into civilian life. He says the state’s current rules are “outdated.”

A Quinn spokesman said Friday the governor in 2013 created a task force that’s reviewing licenses and determining how to grant reciprocity to military firefighters.

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