|Posted:||September 10, 2019 04:21 PM|
|From:||Senator Lisa M. Boscola|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Making Changes to Volunteer Firefighters' Relief Association Spending Limitations|
|I plan to introduce legislation which would make changes to the current limitations in the law which permit volunteer firefighters' relief associations (VFRAs) to use state aid funding. In a recent audit report of a fire department, the state auditor general highlighted the fact that several laws provide financial aid to volunteer fire departments, however they are limited in the scope of which those funds to a VFRA can be used.
My intention would be to work with the departments and associations to expand the scope of which those funds can be used, and also amend Act 118 to include departments that have both paid and volunteer firefighters.
For decades now, volunteer fire departments have seen shrinking numbers, all the while those volunteering their time split much of it between training and being a fundraiser. If money is sitting in VFRA accounts that cannot be used any further by the fire departments, then it's imperative to make a change to the law to permit these funds to be wholly utilized. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as SB932