FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Peter J. Daley
Daley-supported measure would add layer of protection for firefighters
HARRISBURG, June 22 – State Rep. Peter J. Daley, D-Fayette/Washington, called attention to local heroes as he applauded passage of a bill that would extend workers' compensation benefits to firefighters who develop cancer as a result of their duties.
"Our communities are stronger and safer because of the dedication of the men and women who volunteer for our local fire companies," Daley said. "No matter what time of the day or night, these local heroes leave their homes, put on heavy fire protection gear and walk into dangerous situations, from which most of us are fleeing.
"I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this legislative initiative that recognizes that cancer can be an occupational disease for firefighters and, as such, should be covered under workers’ compensation. And I hope that my colleagues in the Senate see the critical need to move this bill before the summer break."
Daley co-sponsored and voted for passage of House Bill 797. The measure classifies cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters who qualify. Under the bill, firefighters who have served four or more consecutive years and who develop cancer as a result of exposure to a Group 1 carcinogen in the line of duty would be eligible, as long as physical exams prior to asserting a claim, or prior to engaging in firefighting activity, show no evidence of cancer.
The legislation is now before the Senate for consideration.