Article originally appears on firefighternation.com 4.27.16

State lawmakers are debating two proposals this week aimed at fixing weaknesses in the Boston Fire Department in reaction to the 2014 Back Bay blaze that claimed the lives of two firefighters.

One proposal would boost funding for the hazardous materials unit to $475,000 from last year’s $238,000 and double the training academy budget from $1.75 million to – $3.5 million. State aid to BFD has not increased since it began in 2008, said fire spokesman Steve MacDonald.

The second proposal would create a ‘hot works commission’ to oversee and better monitor welding and heat-related construction.

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