First responders at top of mind with Senate Bill 215 and Assembly Bill 492
As the current Nevada Legislative Session comes to a close, the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada (PFFN) are proud to announce the passing of Senate Bill 215 and Assembly Bill 492, both of which they championed. These bills will further protect first responders, whether they suffer from cancer or mental health issues as a result of years of service to their community.
“These bills are crucial in protecting our sisters and brothers,” said Angelo Aragon, president of Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada. “The PFFN has worked hard to ensure that Nevada first responders who develop cancer, PTSD, or other mental health issues are taken care of and compensated properly. As first responders, our job is to be there for everyone’s worse day, and that can take a toll over the years. Together, we must take care of those who took care of us, and that is what these bills will do.”
Assembly Bill 492 was passed by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on May 13 and was enrolled and delivered to the Governor, Steve Sisolak on June 1. Senate Bill 215 was passed unanimously by the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee on June 3.
Senate Bill 215 will protect firefighters employed in the state of Nevada as well as volunteer firefighters, investigators of fire or arson, and instructors and officers exposed to fire and hazardous materials. Assembly Bill 492 will now ensure that full-time firefighters and volunteer firefighters are covered for certain stress-related illnesses and have access to educational training regarding mental health.
For more information on the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, visit www.pffn.org