Test Drive Our New Site! We have some improvements in the works that we're excited for you to experience. Click here to try our new, faster, mobile friendly beta site. We will be maintaining our current version of the site thru the end of 2024, so you can switch back as our improvements continue.
Legislation Quick Search
06/12/2024 09:08 PM
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Home / House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Subscribe to PaLegis Notifications

Subscribe to receive notifications of new Co-Sponsorship Memos circulated

By Member | By Date | Keyword Search

House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2019 10:58 AM
From: Representative Barry J. Jozwiak
To: All House members
Subject: Fire Police Rewrite
I plan on introducing legislation (Formerly HB 231) that will rewrite and amend Title 35 relating to Fire Police to provide for the appointment, powers and control of fire police officers and to further define their powers and duties.

Fire police officers are defined as members of a volunteer fire company nominated by members of the fire company and confirmed by the chief elected executive officer of a municipality to perform traffic and crowd control duties at incident sites or local events.

Though fire police officers are volunteer firefighters who work under the fire chief, they also take on law enforcement duties and powers.

Fire police officers can often be stuck in limbo between different organizations and individuals when performing duties. My proposal provides for these duties and command to be in line with the National Incident Management System when it comes to incident command and control.

Furthermore, fire police are often the first to be called, yet the last to be funded and no one organization takes responsibility for their operation. This results in insufficient funds being appropriated to fire police, which places a financial burden on these organizations and individuals.

Fire police officers serve an important role in our communities and it is vital that they are receiving adequate support and funding.

Please consider cosponsoring this legislation. Thank you.

Introduced as HB528