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Oklahoma House Passes Bill Aimed at Increasing Volunteer Firefighter Numbers

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation that will allow paid firefighters after retirement to return to service as volunteers without effect to their state pensions. House Bill 2051 passed the House with a vote of 97-0 and …

New York Holds Line on Volunteer Firefighters After Declines

More new firefighters are volunteering in New York state after years of declining membership, though companies are still seeking recruits to meet more calls. Fire companies statewide attracted 12,665 new volunteers in 2011 and 2012 amid aggressive recruiting efforts, according …

Alabama’s Volunteer Fire Departments Not Alone in Recruiting Struggles

They’re often the first ones on the scene of major emergencies, but their numbers appear to be dwindling. Volunteer firefighters help communities in ways both obvious — fighting fires— and overlooked — improving communities’ home insurance rates through ISO ratings. …

Emergency Responder Shortage a Growing Concern in Pennsylvania

In 1977, there were 300,000 volunteer firefighters. Today, the number is closer to 50,000. Recruiting and retaining firefighters and emergency medical service providers is a growing concern in Pennsylvania and lawmakers are looking at ways to address it. Volunteer ambulance …

Volunteer Firefighters Exempted from Obamacare Mandate

U.S. cities and towns won’t be required to provide health insurance for volunteer firefighters, a reprieve from federal Obamacare rules that fire departments had said would be financially devastating. Volunteer emergency workers will be made exempt from a requirement that …

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Vetoes Volunteer Firefighter Benefits Bills

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have guaranteed job leaves for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers during emergencies and another bill that would have extended coverage for their injuries in the line of duty outside the areas …

Eastern Kentucky Fire Departments Struggle to Find Volunteers

Fire departments in eastern Kentucky are struggling to find enough volunteers. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett told the Appalachian News-Express that volunteer departments are finding different ways to compensate for the lack of firefighters, but the problem is …

Tennessee Fire Departments Lacking in Volunteers

While calls to volunteer fire departments are on the rise, the ranks of these volunteers are dwindling in Middle Tennessee and officials hope a younger generation will step up to the service. Volunteer fire departments account for about 80 percent …

String of Wildfires Takes Toll on Texas Firefighters

The flames of the massive wildfire that had swallowed nearly 1,400 homes in Central Texas had been tamed, but Webster Fire Chief Patrick Shipp and his crew — veterans of a fire season pushing his team to the limit — …

West Virginia Offers Firefighters Relief on Workers’ Compensation

West Virginia’s volunteer fire departments looking to offset anticipated increases in their workers’ compensation insurance premiums can turn to a website launched by the state auditor’s office. Auditor Glen Gainer’s office was tasked by the Legislature with developing a program …