Friday, February 21, 2020

Pilot program will train Pennsylvania inmates to be firefighters

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is working on a pilot program that will train inmates to be firefighters.

Supporters said the program could help volunteer fire companies that are struggling to recruit members as well as provide inmates with skills that can help them reintegrate into society.

York Fire Chief Chad Deardorff, who is also the president of the Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Association of York County, said some communities may not accept the idea of hiring people with a criminal history.


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