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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 4, 2019 12:26 PM
From: Senator Mike Regan
To: All Senate members
Subject: Fire Relief Administration
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would transfer the responsibility for the administration of the Fire Relief Program from the Auditor General to the State Fire Commissioner.

When the original law was passed, Fire Relief was placed under the jurisdiction of the Auditor General because the State Fire Commissioner position had not yet been created. We now have a State Fire Commissioner whose office is capable of administering this program in addition to the cadre of programs that it currently administers. My legislation makes clear that the Fire Commissioner will administer Fire Relief — while the Auditor General will continue to audit the expenditure of funds.

The legislation will also allow recipients to use funds for Facilities, Vehicles, and Equipment for Emergency Response; Recruitment & Retention Efforts (including Volunteer Fire Length of Service Award programs); Death Benefits for Active Members; and Insurance.

Furthermore, this legislation will ask the Fire Commissioner’s Advisory Board to review and make a recommendation on the distribution formula for Fire Relief funds.

Please join me in sponsoring this important measure, which is a part of the recommendations of the SR 6 (Fire & EMS) Commission from last session. Please contact Nate Silcox of my staff at 717-787-8524 if you have any questions.

Introduced as SB908