Alaska

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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.

Arizona

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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.

California

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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

How to Call, Email or Write a letter a legislator tips page here: Elected Officials

Colorado

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Name: Senate Bill 166

Description: Concerning the implementation of recommendations from the Colorado fire commission, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. 

Call To Action: Contact members of the Colorado State House. Here. 

Connecticut

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Name: Senate Bill 5666

Description: To require the State Fire Administrator to issue grants to distressed municipalities for the training of volunteer firefighters.

Call To Action: Contact members of the Connecticut State House. Here.

Florida

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Name: Senate Bill 1209

Description: Among other things, HB 1209 requires State Risk Management Trust Fund to provide insurance for certain firefighter cancer-related benefits;

Call To Action: Contact members of the Florida State House.Here.

Illinois

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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

Indiana

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Name: Senate Bill 0279

Description: https://trackbill.com/bill/wisconsin-senate-bill-321-relating-to-creating-an-individual-income-tax-checkoff-for-donations-to-the-wisconsin-state-firefighters-memorial-inc-and-making-an-appropriation-fe/2103911/

Call To Action: Contact members of the Indiana House Commitee on Ways and Means. Here

Iowa

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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.

Kansas

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Name: Senate Bill 2415

Description: Providing the state fire marshal with law enforcement powers and requiring an investigation of deaths resulting from fire.

Call To Action: Contact members of the Kansas State House. Here.

Louisiana

News Story

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.

How to Call, Email or Write a letter to a state representative here: Find My Legislators

Maine

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Name: LD 1504

Description: An Act To Enhance Use of Critical Incident Stress Management Teams for Firefighters

Call To Action: Contact members of the Maine Joint Criminal Justice And Public Safety Committee here.

Michigan

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Name: House Bill 4171

Description: Worker’s compensation: disabilities; occupational cancer; extend presumption of causation to fire/crash rescue officers and forest fire officers

Call To Action: Contact members of the Michigan Senate Commitee on Insurance and Banking here.

Minesota

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Name: HF 68

Description: A bill that would increase the levy amount for special fire taxes.

Call To Action: Contact members of the Minesota House Commitee on Property Tax here.

New York

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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.

Oregon

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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.

Pennsylvania

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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.

Texas

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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.

Washington

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Name: House Bill 1479

Description: Providing a sales and use tax exemption for fire department apparatus that contain or incorporate emissions or fuel reduction technology.

Call To Action: Contact members of the Washington State House Finance Commitee. Here.

Wisconsin

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Name: Senate Bill 321

Description: The creation of an individual income tax checkoff for donations to the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial, Inc., and making an appropriation. 

Call To Action: Contact members of the Wisconsin Senate Financial Institutions and Revenue Committee here.

West Virginia

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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.

Representative Lovejoy’s Office Contact
West Virginia Senate
West Virginia House of Representatives

Missouri

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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.

Contact the Mayor’s office