Last night I sent a letter to my senator, who is on the committee that this bill happens to in right now. This bill would offer Volunteer FF/EMS personnel job protection when they were late for or absent from work when dispatched on emergency calls. The volunteer would not get paid for the time missed, but the employer could not use the missed time against you in any negative way, as long as you have a letter from your commanding officer saying that you were on a call. I think we all need to write to our senators and ask them to support this bill.
I am a volunteer Fire Fighter for Morgan County, Station 2. I was dismissed from my job in the summer of 2009 for "moonlighting with the fire department". I was a volunteer in Alabama before I moved to Georgia, and joined with Morgan County shortly after moving here. My employer knew I was joining the department and did not say anything at the time. After I elected not to work on several "voluntary overtime weekends" so that I could fulfill training requirements for the fire department and calling in to work one day when I had been on a fire scene from 10 pm to 4 am (I called my supervisor and left a message asking for a vacation day that was granted), my employer terminated my job. I was appalled to find out that Georgia does not have a law to protect Volunteer Fire Fighter's jobs when dispatched in response to emergency situations. When I was on the Department in Alabama I knew that the Alabama House passed Bill 437 which protected the jobs of Fire Fighters.
I see that Senate Bill s1025 is currently in the subcommittee that you are a member of. I think it would be beneficial to all volunteer fire departments if this bill were to get passed into law. I hope that you will do all that you can to see that this Bill is passed.
Kevin StephensonMCFD, Station 2 Lieutentant
The bill is S1025 and is currently in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. If enough senators get mail from us on this, it may actually get passed, and we can respond to calls without fear of loosing our our jobs or getting in trouble for being late. Forward this to all the fire fighters that you know!
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