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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 351         FILED ON: 1/19/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 914

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Stephen M. Brewer

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to protect call/volunteer firefighters from dismissal.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Stephen M. Brewer

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Michael J. Rodrigues

 

Michael O. Moore

 

Michael R. Knapik

 

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 351        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 914

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 914) of Stephen M. Brewer, Kimberly N. Ferguson, Ellen Story, Denise Andrews and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect call/volunteer firefighters from dismissal.  Labor and Workforce Development.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act to protect call/volunteer firefighters from dismissal.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 177B of chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended in the second paragraph by striking out the following:

              “As used in this section, “responding to an emergency” shall mean responding to, working at the scene of, or returning from a fire or call of fire in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to prevent the imminent loss of life or property, where either such fire or such call of fire occurs during a period other than normal working hours of the employee”.

              And inserting in place thereof the following new sentence:

              “As used in this section, “responding to an emergency” shall mean responding to, working at the scene of or returning from a fire, rescue, emergency medical service call, hazardous materials incident, or a natural/man-made disaster or a call of a fire, rescue, emergency medical service call, hazardous materials incident or natural/man-made disaster in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to prevent the imminent loss of life or property, where such emergency occurs during a period other than normal working hours of the employee.”

                             SECTION 2. Section 177B of chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended in the first paragraph by adding the words “or ambulance department” after the words “fire department” each time such words appear.

                             SECTION 3. Section 177B of chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended in the second sentence of the second paragraph by adding the words “or Emergency Medical Technician” after the word “firefighter”.

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