Firefighter Positions Expected to Stay Filled With Experienced Out of State Workers

A measure designed to make it easier for firefighters coming from out-of-state to be certified in Michigan has been signed into law by the governor.
The bill passed the House in November and the Senate in October.
State Senator Dale Zorn, the bill sponsor, says it would provide firefighter certification reciprocity with states that have the same certification standards as Michigan.
He says the measure will help local fire departments keep up staffing levels by allowing them to hire experienced firefighters coming from other states. 
Under the measure, qualified firefighters from 45 other states would be able to work in Michigan.


PM River Has a New Invasive Species to Watch For

A tiny snail is the latest invasive species to pose a threat in Michigan. The "Detroit Free Press" reports the New Zealand mudsnail has been confirmed in the Pere Marquette River in Baldwin. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality aquatic biologist Sarah LeSage discovered the snails on a floating trip down the river and tests confirmed they were the first New Zealand mudsnails found in the state. 

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