Boaters under age 25 would be required to pass an education and safety course by Jan. 1, 2024.
Legislation would mandate boaters pass an exam before operating a boat on inland waters.
Bowdoin, Thorndike and other communities list active departments, but they’re only a firefighter or two away from being unable to respond.
While Maine call volumes rise and firefighter ranks thin, leaders sound the alarm for solutions at the local level.
A whistleblower’s complaint has lawmakers questioning the purpose of the Maine Information and Analysis Center, which can surveil citizens even if they’re not criminals.
Sen. Susan Collins is leading an effort to get smaller railroads more federal funding to train emergency responders how to handle hazardous materials.
Members of Maine’s congressional delegation are pushing regulators to strengthen planning, response and mitigation requirements for railroads transporting hazardous materials.
Just as the state has revealed that crude oil shipments by rail have resumed along the state’s rail lines, Maine state emergency officials say new federal rules about shipping hazardous materials such as crude by rail don’t go far enough.
Lessons from the Lac-Mégantic disaster include making sure firefighters, police officers and other first responders have available counseling and mental health support and that they work in shifts to minimize fatigue.
Less than a year ago, a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, a small Quebec town ten miles from the Maine border.
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