Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Actby Representative Kristi L. Noem
Posted on 2014-01-08
NOEM. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
I rise today as a cosponsor of H.R. 3685, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. I am very proud to do so.
In my home State of South Dakota, there are nearly 8,000 volunteer firefighters and over 350 volunteer fire departments. These men and women are on the front lines protecting our families, our homes, and our businesses. Nearly every one of them fulfills that duty while holding down a full-time or part-time job that oftentimes covers their health insurance coverage.
I had one constituent from Rapid City drive home the point to me, talking about the shoestring budget they operate on. Many departments raise money privately at community events and dinners to make ends meet. Requiring them to cover health insurance, as the Affordable Care Act may do, would be extremely detrimental.
Emergency service volunteers are essential to our safety and well- being for South Dakota families and businesses. That is why I am proud to support this bill and proud to speak on its behalf today.