OLR Bill Analysis

HB 7047 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FIRE APPARATUS SAFETY AND TESTING.

SUMMARY

Existing law establishes state safety inspection requirements for fire apparatus (CGS 14-11d). This bill requires municipal and volunteer fire departments to maintain their pump and aerial fire apparatus components in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association standard 1911. Standard 1911 sets minimum requirements for inspecting, maintaining, testing, and retiring fire apparatus.

The bill also requires that such departments maintain their fire apparatus in compliance with specified federal regulations concerning safety, maintenance, and inspections. Existing state regulations already require compliance with the same federal regulations (Conn. Agencies Regs. 14-11d-2; see also 14-163c-1). (But, it is unclear if the bill conflicts with state regulations that may require compliance with additional Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations not included in the bill.)

Under Department of Motor Vehicles regulations, a motor vehicle is regulated as “fire apparatus” if it is used as an emergency vehicle and weighs at least 18,001 pounds or is registered as fire apparatus and bears fire apparatus license plates (Conn. Agencies Regs. 14-11d-1).

*House Amendment “A” specifies that municipal and volunteer fire departments maintain their fire apparatus in compliance with certain federal regulations concerning commercial motor vehicles.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

14

Nay

4

(03/03/2017)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

31

Nay

17

(05/12/2017)