Governor Dunleavy signs firefighter worker compensation bill

Capital City and Fire Rescue fire truck, photo courtesy of Charles Murphy.

Girdwood, Alaska (KINY) – On Saturday, July 30, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy signed Senate Bill 131 into law, providing firefighters across the state with expanded accident compensation coverage. work.

The bill signing took place at the Girdwood Fire Department, Ext 41.

In attendance were the bill’s sponsor, Senator Roger Holland, and members of the Girdwood Fire Department, the Alaska State Firefighters Association and the Alaska Fire Chief Association.

Senate Bill 131 recognizes the impact and exposure of firefighters to harmful and carcinogenic chemicals.

It adds breast cancer to the list of suspected cancers covered by workers’ compensation.

In addition, the bill increases workers’ compensation for permanent partial impairment and death benefits.

“Alaskan firefighters routinely risk their lives for their neighbors and community. It is important that they know that the state appreciates their efforts, and Senate Bill 131 exemplifies that gratitude. diagnosed with cancer and can receive death and disability benefits that sympathize with their work and sacrifices,” Governor Mike Dunleavy said. “Thank you, Senator Holland, for your work on this important bill, and thank you to our firefighters for continuing to run into danger as others flee.”

Senator Holland also made a statement in support of the bill.

“It has been a pleasure for me to work on behalf of our state’s dedicated firefighters to provide additional coverage for breast cancer and other cancers to the list of workers’ compensation coverages for firefighters who have been exposed to toxic carcinogens while in line of duty,” said Senator Roger Holland. “Thank you, firefighters, volunteers and first responders for your unwavering and tireless response to the many calls for help from our community. We know you are doing everything you can to protect Alaskans, continuing to put yourselves in dangerous circumstances to save lives. of our neighbours. Senate Bill 131 is just one small way to support these women and men in the fire service.

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