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    Illinois Governor Signs Volunteer Firefighter Job Protection Act


    Office Of The Governor

    SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation that ensures volunteer firefighters won't lose their paying jobs simply because they were late or missed work while performing their duties.

    "In many communities around Illinois, volunteer firefighters are our frontline first responders, the ones local residents depend on to fight their fires and perform life-saving emergency medical services," Gov. Blagojevich said. "But most of these volunteers also work paying jobs to provide for their families. They shouldn't have to worry about losing their jobs simply because they're providing a critical public service."

    House Bill 4851, sponsored by Rep. Mike Boland (D-Moline) and Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton), creates the Volunteer Firefighter Job Protection Act. The new law says employers of volunteer firefighters in communities with 3,500 people or less cannot dismiss the firefighter for being late or absent to work because he or she was responding to an emergency that occurred prior to the start of the workday. A volunteer firefighter who is terminated in violation of the Act may bring a civil action against the employer by seeking reinstatement to the position, payment of back wages and reinstatement of fringe benefits and seniority rights.

    "The people we rely upon who volunteer to protect our communities shouldn't have to worry about losing their job if they go to help put out a fire. These individuals give of their time and put their lives on the line to protect all of us. This law is the right thing to do to help those who are potentially making the ultimate sacrifice for our communities," said Senator Forby

    As someone who has enjoyed this sort of protection in th UK for many years, I welcome this protection for US fire Fighters. Do you think it will spread to the rest of the States?
    United Kingdom branch, IACOJ.


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    Many states already offer this protection. The others are slowly following suit.
    Stay alert and be safe.

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