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Oregon Spends $3 Million On Firefighter Apprenticeship

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon State Fire Marshal will spend three-million dollars to create two firefighter apprenticeship programs. One will be in Klamath County and the other will be in The Dalles. They're both areas with increased fire risk and a lack of firefighters. The apprentices will receive four-thousand hours of training over two years. It includes skills to become Emergency Medical Technicians, on-the-job firefighter training along with college-level math and writing classes. They'll also work at local fire agencies helping to increase the number of available firefighters. They money comes from a program approved by the legislature in 2021.

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