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Governor signs plan to help veterans get licensure for firefighting


LANSING (WKZO) -- Governor Rick Snyder this week signed into law legislation designed to help out Michigan veterans. The legislation allows veterans with firefighting experience in the service to qualify for firefighter licenses in Michigan.

The plan is all part of a broader effort to help vets get some kind of certification for the skills they acquired in the military. State Representative Ray Franz, of Manistee County, says it works on multiple levels because it creates opprtunities for veterans, while potentially easing a staff shortage for fire departments, particularly in rural areas.

State lawmakers have been trying to find ways of getting more licenses for veterans, many of whom get home after serving only to learn it often doesn't matter what skills they have because employers want certification.