Name: House Bill 45
Description: An Act relating to presumption of compensability for workers’ compensation claims related to contagious diseases; and providing for an effective date. Essentially makes front line workers, like Firefighters and EMS workers eligible for worker’s compensation should they get COVID-19.
Call To Action: Contact members of the Alaska State House Finance Commitee. Here.
Name: House Bill 2506
Description: Extends presumptive occupational diseases to fire investigators and adds two cancers to the list of presumptive occupational diseases for firefighters. Allows insurers to file one uniform percentage deviation associated with firefighters and investigators.
Call To Action: Contact members of the Arizona Senate. Here.
Name: Senate Bill 206
Description: Wildland firefighters have not been shown adequate respect for the work they do in the past because of this lack of recognition from California state government officials. “Seasonal” fires have been larger and more frequent in recent years and those who have come forth to defend the state of California during this difficult time should be properly recognized as employees of the state with adequate protections.
Call To Action: FEMSF is urging its supporters and members to do learn about the challenges Wildland Firefighters face and contact their CA State legislator by going here: State Rep to contact
Name: AB 991
Description: An act to amend Sections of the Labor Code, relating to workers’ compensation. Expanding coverage for firefighters who have heart conditions.
Call To Action: Contact members of the California Assembly Insurance Commitee. Here
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Name: Senate Bill 2860
Description: Among other things that help fire chiefs respond quickly to emergencies, HB 2860 provides that vehicles of deputy fire chiefs and assistant fire chiefs may be equipped with a siren, whistle, or bell capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than 500 feet.
Call To Action: Contact members of the Illinois State House. Here
Name: Senate Bill 0279
Call To Action: Contact members of the Indiana House Commitee on Ways and Means. Here
Name: Senate Bill 447
Description: A bill for an act relating to the individual income tax credits for fire fighters, emergency medical services personnel members, and reserve peace officers by increasing the amounts of the credits, and including retroactive applicability provisions.
Call To Action: Contact members of the Iowa Senate Commitee on Ways and Means. Here.
Name: Will New Orleans Firefighters See Funds From American Rescue Plan Act?
Description: The city of New Orleans has been forced to take out a line of credit to avoid emergency medical responder layoffs. Advocate for New Orleans firefighters now! President Biden will soon sign into law a bill to provide states with funds to offset lost tax revenue. Ensure adequate funds are allocated to emergency services to prevent future layoffs and enable the department to be staffed sufficiently so that first responders can do their jobs not only well, but safely.
Call to Action: Firefighters and EMS Fund urges the residents of New Orleans to reach out to local representatives and inquire about whether or not New Orleans firefighters will see funds from the American Rescue Plan and whether these funds will be used to keep New Orleans Firefighters working!
Name: HB 553
Description: Provides for Revenue Sharing Distribution for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 that would benifit firefighters and fire departments in the state of Lousiana.
Call to Action: Contact members of the Louisiana House Finance Commitee. Here.
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Name: AB 6547
Description: Provides a heart disease presumption for a fire marshal, supervising fire marshal, division supervising fire marshal, assistant chief fire marshal, chief fire marshal or fire marshal trainee employed by Nassau county.
Call To Action: Contact members of the New York Assembly Governmental Employees Committee here.
Name: House Bill 2983
Description: Authorizes rural fire protection district to acquire real property or easement for purpose of establishing fire evacuation route, to construct or maintain fire evacuation route or to participate in agreement related to fire evacuation route. Authorizes rural fire protection district to acquire real property or easement for purpose of establishing fire evacuation route, to construct or maintain fire evacuation route or to participate in agreement related to fire evacuation route. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Call To Action: Contact members of the Oregon State Senate here.
Name: Senate Bill 245
Description: An Act providing for counties and municipalities to distribute emergency funds to fire companies during the COVID-19 pandemic and for distribution and receipt of funds. Also known as the COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Fire Companies Act.
Call To Action: Contact members of the Pennsalvania Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Commitee. Here.
Name: House Bill 3841
Description: Relating to the adjustment of the voter-approval tax rate of a taxing unit to reflect public spending necessary to correct a deficiency in the first response capacity of a fire or police department of the taxing unit.
Call To Action: Contact members of the Texas State House Ways and Means Commitee here.
Name: House Bill 2051
Description: West Virginia Lawmaker Chad Lovejoy has reintroduced a bill for the fourth time that would allow first responders who are diagnosed with PTSD as a result of their service to receive workers compensation.
Call To Action: Call Representative Lovejoy to thank them for their dedication to West Virginia firefighters and urge them to keep up the fight. Reach out to Rep. Lovejoy’s colleagues and urge them to lend their support to this initiative. All public servants deserve to be compensated for the sacrifices they have made to be there for each of us when we are at our worst.
Name: Board Bill 221
Description: The bill’s sponsor, Alderman Tom Oldenburg, said it simply moves oversight of a pension plan established a few years ago for younger firefighters and new hires to the decades-old board that still runs a separate system for veteran firefighters.
Call to Action: Contact the St. Louis Mayor and urge them to strongly reconsider their position. The fire services profession is currently at a crossroads, and evidence that the profession is struggling to retain strong candidates to perform this essential service is beginning to show. Now is the time to work for increasing pay and benefits across the board to future proof the field.