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|Schuylkill County Fire Police Association - PO Box 824, Pottsville, PA 17901|
|NEXT MEETING |
|Legislation Introduced to Extend Fire Police Benefits |
During National Police Week, Toomey & Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Extend Fire Police Benefits May 15, 2018 - by MyChesCo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Peace Officers Memorial Day, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Fire Police Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation to extend public safety officer death benefits to fire police. Fire police officers provide unique and varying emergency response services in several states, including Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Because there is no uniform national designation for fire police, many of these public servants face additional hurdles in accessing benefits that other public safety officers receive. Companion legislation is led in the House of Representative by U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.).
“Fire police ensure that firefighters, police, and medics are able to respond to emergencies unimpeded and also play a critical role in supporting community events,” said Senator Toomey. “We should provide fire police the same benefits we provide to other first responders who are killed in the line of duty.”
“Fire police officers injured in the line of duty deserve access to the same benefits afforded to any other public safety officer,” said Senator Blumenthal. “This bill would provide fairness and recognition to fire police-ending the arbitrary barriers they and their families now face in securing death and disability benefits. On Peace Officers Memorial Day, we owe a debt of gratitude to all who have lost and risked their lives to protect ours.”
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), which represents volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel, supports the legislation.
“The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) strongly supports the Fire Police Fairness Act,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Fire police officers perform a vital public safety function, carrying out traffic incident management duties at emergency scenes. In those rare, unfortunate instances in which fire police officers are killed or become permanently disabled as a result of an injury suffered in the line of duty, they should be eligible for the same benefits as any other public safety officer.”
North Annville calls for younger fire police as it honors long-time volunteers - Daniel Walmer, Lebanon Daily News Published 4:10 p.m. ET June 12, 2018
Fire Police Appreciation Night at a North Annville Township supervisors meeting Monday evening included both a celebration of local fire police and a warning that new, younger volunteers are needed. Several local fire police officers were in attendance to receive plaques expressing appreciation - a way to say "thank you" to volunteers that play a critical role in emergency safety, according to North Annville Township Police Chief Matthew Bartal.
Fire police, a creation of several northeastern states, are volunteers who work under the authority of traditional police and are tasked with keeping roadways clear so that emergency crews can perform their duties safely.
Fire police need more volunteers. "We are lucky in this area to have the fire police that we do," Cleona Police Chief Jeffrey Farneski said at the meeting, according to a news release from Bartal. "They assist our agency in times of need. It's difficult to man an incident properly when you have a small agency like we do, so the fire police fill in those gaps for scene safety." But Bartal also struck a somber note at the meeting, noting that most of the people in the room had gray hair. The Lebanon County Fire Police Association said in 2016 that the amount of fire police in the county has dropped from 500 to 150 in just the past decade. "I stressed that we need to get some younger blood out and trained for what they do because they play a very important role in keeping each incident scene safe," Bartal said in the news release.
Hazardous Materials Awareness
The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy now offers "Hazardous Materials Awareness" as an online course. To access this free course and other courses being offered sign up at "Train PA" on the web.
Advanced Fire Police Class
A Basic Fire Police class was held in Minersville in April. 15 fire police officers completed the course. Plans are being put in place for an Advanced Fire Police class. If you have recently taken a new Basic Fire Police class then stay tuned.
Pennsylvania is beginning to play catch up to our neighbor states as it relates to Traffic Incident Management. If you access Facebook please look at PennTIME and join the group. Good things are beginning in PA.
Radios Still Available
Pat Fatula reported that he still has both portable and mobile radios available for members of this Association. Any Fire Police Captain in need of radios please contact Pat @ 570-527-2934.
State Reporting Requirements
Questions were posed to the State Fire Commissioner's office regarding Fire Police and the reports submitted to the state by Fire Companies. Kraig Herman of the State Fire Commissioner's Office responded:
1. Fire Police are considered Firefighter's and are to be included in all reports submitted by the Fire Company.
Pennsylvania Fire Police Association Increase Benefits
The Pennsylvania Fire Police Association has agreed to provide a free $3,000.00 accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy at no cost to you or the association. You will get a letter on Association letterhead from American Income Life Insurance Company. Enclosed with the letter is a card which you are to fill out listing your beneficiaries. It is not necessary to fill out the card to get the free insurance. If you do fill out the card and turn it in, you will receive a call from the insurance company asking if you want additional insurance. If you answer "no" there should be no further contact. If you do not fill out the card and turn it in, the beneficiaries on your Association documents will be the listed beneficiaries. Those who have had the visit by the insurance representative have had a good experience. No pressure. This insurance is in addition to the other insurance allredy offered by the Association - the $35.00 or $300.00 life insurance that comes with the $6.00 membership or the additional $10,000 AD&D insurance provided by the separate additional payment of $4.00 per year
Accidental Death and Dismemberment - Benefit $3,000.00
Health Services Discount Card - provides household discounts up to 60% on Prescriptions, Vision Care/Products, Hearing Care, Chiropractic Care, Optional discount dental is available.
Child Safe Kits - Kits help you gather vital data, photos and fingerprints from your children and grandchildren so they are ready for authorities in the event of an emergency.
If you have not joined yet please contact our county Financial Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-366-2473 for membership forms. If you are already a member you will be receiving a letter in the mail from the State Association.
RESPONDER SAFETY has 29 different FREE on-line training programs for first responders who provide traffic control. Each one requires the successfull completion of a short test. A certificate is issued for each module. If you are new to their web site you will need to register to take the training. To access this site see the "Links" section on the left of this web page. Here is a listing of the courses available:
(1) Advance Warning
NATIONAL TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT RESPONDER TRAINING This web-based course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable, and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders from all TIM responder disciplines will learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively. This training covers many TIM recommended procedures and techniques, including: • TIM Fundamentals and Terminology • Notification and Scene Size-Up • Safe Vehicle Positioning • Scene Safety • Command Responsibilities • Traffic Management • Special Circumstances • Clearance and Termination. This training is brought to you by the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). To access the training Google NHI and follow the prompts to enroll. Its' free!
If you know of a member of your fire department, or Fire Police Organization, you would like prayers said for, or to have a get-well or sympathy card sent, let me know of your request. All requests are kept confidential, or can be lifted up during our monthly meetings. Details are not necessary - just a name and the nature of the prayer such as for healing; strength; guidance. Send your request to the "Chaplain" through the Contact box at the bottom of this page.
Thought for the Day: It's the 3rd week in January 2018 already. Are you still keeping your New Year Resolutions? or have you already forgotten what they were? How about all the plans you have made for 2018? Planning your vacation, planting your garden, repairs to your house, improving yourself by diet & exercise, cleaning out the garage, reading that book, relaxing more? All good plans, yes..but..
Our plans don't always happen or turn out as we have hoped for. The results may be totally different, and some plans never even come to pass, or ever are discussed, past our initial thoughts. And we ask Why?
Our plans change for a number of reasons. Often we have no control over the changing of those plans. God's plans are not like ours. Some people believe that God has planned our entire lives, from conception, to the day and time of our death. Some believe that not to be true, that we determine our own destiny. However you believe or think, this one fact is true, as the psalmist observed that when men die, "on that very day their plans come to nothing." (Psalm 146:4).
Is that reason to not make plans, to not have hope for the future? No. It's just a reminder that things don't always work out. That sometimes, yes, God has other plans for us. We may not like it, and not want to change, but there are reasons, unknown to us just now.
Next time your plans fail, don't ever happen, change in some way, keep this promise in mind from Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." So go ahead, make those plans, hope for the future. Give a copy of those plans, hopes and dreams to God too. You can work on them together. After all, He is the Master Architect of all our lives.
|FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR LINE OF DUTY DEATH AND DISABILITY|
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits for a firefighter line of duty death as of 2012 was $328,612.73.
The PSOB program also provides a benefit to firefighters who have been permanentl and totally disabled by a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty.
The PSOB also provides for eduactional assistance for spouses and children of firefighters killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
|PENNSYLVANIA BENEFITS FOR LINE OF DUTY DEATH AND DISABILITY|
Pennsylvania Act 101 provides for a one time payment of death benefits to the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents of firefighters. In 2014 this is set for $123,227.64.
Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Benefits provides for assistance with burial expenses and continuance of a portion of the deceased's wages to a surviving spouse and/or children.
Pennsylvania Higher Educational Assistance Agency may fully pay tuition benefits to the children of a firefighters killed in line of duty.
| EQUIPMENT EVERY FIRE POLICE OFFICER NEEDS|
Official Hat - This can be any hat your fire department deems to be the official hat, but it is strongly recommended to use either a firefighter helmet or an eight point or round police type hat. Remember you are a fire police officer and either of these hats are instantly recognizable as either fire or police.
All of the above items can be purchased thru your Firemen's Relief Association.
FIRE POLICE SAFETY
When you start work at an emergency scene, evaluate the scene for hazards. Look for blind corners, how heavy the traffic is, and how fast it flows. Note the weather, temperature, and visibility and how they will affect the work that you are doing and how motorists will respond. Plan out your work site layout including the staging area, buffer area, transition area, and work area. Determine, based on the road type and the typical vehicle speeds, how many advanced warning signs you will need and how long the buffer area and tapers need to be.
Use at least one warning sign before the emergency scene begins to inform motorists that they are approaching an area where emergency responders may be in the road. You may need more signs depending on sight distance along the road. Use a tapered line of cones to establish and separate the work area and redirect traffic away from workers. Use clean, unbroken, and highly visible safety cones to outline traffic lanes. Inspect all signs, signals, and lights to make sure they are working properly.
Make youself visible to the motorists passing by wearing warning garments such as vests, jackets, shirts or pants in orange, strong yellow-green, or fluorescent colors. In rainy weather, wear orange, strong yellow-green, or yellow rainwear. During hours of darkness, your warning garments should be retroreflective, meaning that light shined on the clothing from a headlight or a work light will reflect back toward the driver or user to increase visibility. The retroreflective material should be visible from at least 1,000 feet.
|SCHUYLKILL COUNTY FIRE POLICE ASSOCIATION - PO BOX 824, POTTSVILLE, PA 17901|
P.O. Box 824 Pottsville, PA 17901