Bryant measure meant to help volunteer firefighters hit the road running
Volunteer firefighters will save money preparing their personal cars to respond to emergencies and potential volunteers now have an extra recruitment incentive thanks to legislation sponsored by Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) and recently enacted by Gov. Bruce Rauner, according to a press release.
"In Illinois, 70 percent of all firefighters are volunteers," Bryant said in the release. "This law will allow a volunteer firefighter to purchase one set of tires for their vehicle every three years at a reduced price per the fire district's joint purchasing agreement. The goal is to provide a little bit of help to the folks that volunteer to fight fires and keep us safe.”
Bryant’s Senate counterpart in sponsoring the legislation was Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo). Both lawmakers were given honorary fire chief titles by the Illinois Firefighters Association.
“Volunteer firefighters save our state millions of dollars annually which otherwise would have to be made up with tax revenue,” Margaret Vaughn, the director of government affairs for the association, said, according to the release. “These volunteers are on call on their own time and often use their own vehicles to respond to an emergency. The Illinois Firefighters Association greatly appreciates all the hard work Rep. Bryant and Sen Schimpf put into getting this important legislation passed...”