To modify the training requirements for certain fire departments applying for Federal grants.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. TRAINING REQUIREMENT MODIFICATION.
(a) In General.--Any fire station serving a rural area may apply for a grant from the Federal Government for which it would otherwise be eligible regardless of whether it has completed the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training. (b) Delayed Training.--Any fire station serving a rural area that receives a grant for which it applied under subsection (a) shall complete such training by the end of the period of time covered by the grant award and may claim the cost of such training as an allowable cost under the grant award. (c) Fire Station Serving a Rural Area Defined.--In this section, the term ``fire station serving a rural area'' means any fire department with a service area that comprises all territory, population, and housing units in rural areas or outside a city or town with a population of less than 20,000 people. <all>