2013- 2014 Legislative Priorities – Pa Fire Service
1. Training reform and funding. Enact a .5% fee on fire insurance. This funding firefighter training and allow for development and delivery of more web base training sessions.
2. Increase the amount that can be borrowed from the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program. (2% loan fund).
3. Fund a compressive fire protection planning process. To include desired service levels, service delivery options and a funding structure to support the system.
Rationale: There are companies who want to restructure and improve the cost effectiveness of their service delivery. Some of these companies do not need a study to initiate their efforts. Unfortunately many of these companies do not have the skills necessary to actually develop and guide a plan of action. These companies often do not have funding available to hire facilitators with these skills. Too often a study is commissioned and completed, but there is no further action.
4. Background Checks for all new volunteer firefighters.
5. Tax breaks for volunteer first responders. Provide a local option to forgive the local $52 tax and or the local EIT. Reenact the State Income tax deduction for volunteer first responders.
6. Pass the remaining items in SR 60.
7. Emergency License Plates Service Vehicles.
8. Free or Reduced Tuition (SB 87 Military Personnel Passed Senate).
9. Allow merged fire companies to retain the same number of bingo licenses they had prior to the merger.
10. Repeal Act 1 of 2011. Support the adoption of nationally recognized building code.
PFESI will monitor the following
A. Title 35 EMA rewrite
B. Communications and 911 changes
C. Small Games of Chance
D. Cancer Presumption