At a time when our members are on the frontlines battling to save lives from an infectious disease, while silently worrying about our families and our own health and safety, it is shameful that VACO/VML would advocate for the Governor to delay enactment of protections for firefighters from Occupational Cancer and PTSD. Delaying means killing the bill and jeopardizing the lives of the men and women who serve our Commonwealth everyday.We have been fighting VACO/VML and the Insurance companies for years to pass needed reforms to Cancer Presumption Legislation and the VWCA to access benefits/treatment for cancer and PTSD. Our members battling these diseases have been forced to make the difficult decision of bankruptcy, forgoing lifesaving treatment, suicide or dying from cancer.The idea that our members lives are expendable is absolutely disgraceful! We humbly request the Governor sign SB561/HB438, and SB9/HB783 into law as quickly as possible, now is not the time to delay. ... See MoreSee Less
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In the middle of this pandemic, the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties is trying ONCE AGAIN to deny benefits to the brave first responders all across the Commonwealth. Fixing the broken Workers Comp process and adding additional cancers and PTSD was passed by the General Assembly overwhelmingly this month. And for them to ask the Governor to not sign, or to delay the implementation of these bills in any way is absolutely disgusting. Shame on them for trying to take advantage of this current situation and for trying to stab our members in the back![RB] - "The VPFF humbly requests there be no delay in the implementation of the workers compensation protections advanced by the 2020 General Assembly by overwhelming majorities. Delaying would jeopardize the lives of the brave men and women who selflessly serve." #vpff #benefitsearned #withoutdelay ... See MoreSee Less
Waterville IAFF Local 1608 is on duty 24/7 for our Waterville Citizens and beyond.
We're in this together - let's flatten the curve. ... See MoreSee Less