The Senate today approved a measure to review Pennsylvania’s progress in providing essential support to its volunteer fire departments and EMS organizations, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, prime sponsor of the measure.
Senate Resolution 6 calls for a “reboot” of Senate Resolution 60 of 2003, the comprehensive study of fire and EMS issues completed in 2004. SR 6 calls for a new commission made up of legislators, first responders and representatives from municipalities. The panel would follow up on the impact of SR 60 and study issues currently affecting first responders. The commission would then provide its recommendations to the General Assembly by June 30, 2018.
“Fourteen years after SR 60, Pennsylvania’s first responders face many of the same challenges now as they did back then, such as the loss of volunteers and the exorbitant costs of apparatus and training,” said Senator Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. “With the start of the legislative session, the timing is right to ‘reboot’ this process by reviewing the 23 recommendations made by the SR 60 Commission. We need to see what was accomplished and what remains to be done.”
Senator Vulakovich and his fellow chairmen of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees held a press conference on February 23 to unveil SR 6 and discuss a 16-bill package of legislation to complement and build on previous efforts to help Pennsylvania’s first responders. Video of the press conference.
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