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.

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

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