Algonquin Highlands is worried about proposed changes to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

The change in question would require all new recruits to be trained and certified by January 1st of 2019, while existing firefighters would require proof of certification exactly a year later.

Among the recommendations made by Algonquin Highlands Fire Chief, Mike Cavanaugh, include delaying the certification date by six months and including money so municipalities can adjust to the increase in their budgets.

Mayor Carol Moffatt says there is no guarantee of funding from the province.

Moffatt says current firefighters can be grandfathered into the updated legislation, but that comes with a risk.

The deadline for municipalities to submit their comments to the province is March 11th.

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