The dedicated volunteers and professionals of local American fire departments are often left out of the discussion in our national political process. Of course we revere our military servicemen and women and support our police but unfortunately, the dedicated professionals of local American fire departments are left out of the discussion in our national political process. These men and women serve for one purpose: To risk their lives to save others. Whether the emergency is a house fire, car accident or a catastrophic attack on American soil, firefighters readily sacrifice their own-well being to secure the safety of others.
But when was the last time we heard anyone in government really speak up for these heroes and advocate for their well-being?
That is exactly why the Firefighters and EMS Fund is dedicated to advocating for the safety and well-being of firefighters and their families in our political process. This group of public servants deserve a unified voice in government and our coalition of everyday citizens, public officials and organizations are dedicated to firefighters, the local heroes across our country that require the support of their fellow citizens and public officials.
Our Mission at the Fire & EMS fund is to provide a political voice to the many great Fire & EMS personnel who bravely serve our communities. These fine men and women often put their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens but are often left out of the political discussion in this country. We work to change that through a grassroots effort meant to empower these communities and advocate for their needs. As a grassroots organization we believe success begins at the local level and believe that can be accomplished through helping citizens make an impact at the ballot box, raising awareness on the issues to local officials, and engaging the public on local issues which affect them and their communities.
If you believe these brave public servants deserve a united voice in our government, we encourage you to join the Firefighters and EMS Fund today! America’s firefighters need our support!
The mission of the Firefighters and EMS Fund is simple: to provide a grassroots voice for firefighters across the country in the state and local political process.
Our mission begins by supporting ballot initiatives and working to elect political leaders at the state and local level that understand our firefighters’ and public safety officers’ interests. We don’t just want to start the discussion on issues affecting American’s firefighters and EMS technicians, we seek to use political action to solve the very real problems that have made firefighters’ and first responders’ jobs more dangerous and thankless.
Help First Responders Make Their Case
Citizen engagement is one of the most effective ways that we can advance the causes of our Fire & EMS communities. Through raising awareness and educating the public on key legislative cases in the country, we can effect change through the ballot box to equip Fire & EMS personnel with the tools they need. Some key causes we’re currently looking at are:
- Increasing Pay & Benefits for Wildland Firefighters
- Increasing Entry Pay for EMS Workers
- Providing Better Benefits to Volunteer Firefighters
Raise Awareness of Firefighter Needs to Elected Officials
Firefighting is an inherently dangerous job. We all know that. But behind the obvious risks of running into a burning building are the protracted long term risks firefighters face both physically and mentally performing such a high stress, dangerous job. One of our missions is to raise awareness among elected officials about the long-term health needs of our nation’s firefighters. These include:
- High Rate of Heart Disease Among Firefighters
- Mental Health Diagnosis & Treatment
- Presumptive Cancer Coverage for Career Firefighters
Engaging the Public on Local Issues Involving Firefighters
Firefighting is a local service funded by local budgets using local taxpayer revenue. Although the federal government offers limited grant money each year to departments nationwide, it is not enough to provide everyone what they need. Year after year, and especially in the Covid-19 Era, local funding is reaching a near crisis for many cities and towns struggling to pay for fire & emergency services. Engaging the public on the localized nature of fire funding is essential in maintaining effective levels of operations in their communities. Issues we are currently addressing related to local budgetary issues include:
- How Reduced Budgets Negatively Impact Firefighter Retention
- How Budget Shortages Have Created Underequipped and Unsafe Departments
- How Federal Grants Work to Supplement Local Budgets