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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 3, 2016 03:53 PM
From: Representative Frank A. Farry
To: All House members
Subject: Expanding Disability Coverage to Additional First Responders
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend Act 193 of 1935, the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law. This law is also referred to as the Heart and Lung Act.

My proposal will simply add additional first responders to the Act who are not currently covered under the Act but perform in many cases the exact same duties as those who are currently covered. These responders were overlooked when the law was drafted.

Examples of individuals I proposed to include are:
  • Firefighters at airports
  • Firefighters employed by the Commonwealth, which includes members of the Pennsylvania National Guard
  • EMS personnel who are employed by a city fire department
  • State Fire Marshalls
The Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law currently covers such individuals as Liquor Control Board members; psychiatric security aides employed by the Department of Human Services; and firefighters of counties, boroughs, townships, and cities.

Firefighters employed by any government entity should be covered under the law, including firefighters who are also EMS certified personnel who are also employed by a city fire department acting in the capacity as a certified EMS responder.

Please consider cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB2148