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Montana firefighters pushing for health bill

Posted at 11:11 AM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 13:44:04-05

Montana firefighters are hoping this year firefighters will get the coverage they need to protect those who get on-the-job illnesses.

The Montana State Council of Professional Firefighters announced Senator Nate McConnell of District 48 introduced the Health and Safety Bill Monday.

MSCOPFF represents nearly 700 paid firefighters at 21 different locations across Montana and they work closely with the Montana State Firemen’s Association.

Firefighters have worked for almost two decades to pass a law that will protect them from on-the-job illness, such as cancer and communicable diseases.

They hope the 66th Montana Legislature will help them join 47 other states who currently have protection in place for their firefighters.

The bill will soon be assigned to a senate sub-committee.

-Reported by Margaret DeMarco/MTN News