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Niagara County law will also give the tax break for life to members with 20 years of service to help increase recruitment and retention
Supporters of the new law believe it will improve recruitment and retention of volunteers
New legislation would extend a 10% property tax reduction to volunteer Rotterdam firefighters and providers with at least two years of service
The Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District now has around-the-clock staffing, with more positions expected to be added
The legislation has first responders’ support, the Reedy Creek firefighters’ union says
Cumberland County applicants who met the qualifications received payments ranging from $87 to $250 each
Troy uses incentives to help with retention and tries to compensate the unpaid firefighters, said Mayor Ethan Baker
“Fire survivors ... should not be taxed on the settlements from the PG&E Fire Victims Trust,” Rep. Mike Thompson said
The exemption would have applied to the value of a property worth between $100,000 and $150,000
Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized the potential tax to fund electric vehicle programs as a publicly funded handout for ride-share companies
Local 2881 President Tim Edwards said more hiring may lead to shorter stints working on wildfires and shorter regular weekly shifts, which now last 72 hours
Changes include boosting maximum grant awards from $15,000 to $20,000 and establishing an education certification management system
“This legislation will add another tool for our members to use when recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters and EMS providers,” said FASNY’s Michael Krummenacker
The measure would remove a current restriction on grants and designate parts of the state’s fireworks tax revenue for financial and educational aid for first responders