PA House Examines Worker's Comp For First Responders

A hearing before a state House committee focused on workers compensation and emergency first responders. The House Labor and Industry Committee examined a bill which would make volunteer EMS workers eligible for workers compensation if they're hurt during any activities on behalf of the organization. Under current law it's only available while responding to an emergency. Duane Hagelgans of the Blue Rock Regional Fire District in Lancaster County testified that volunteers do more than fight fires in the course of their duties. An official with the insurance industry testified that most volunteers have full time jobs and already have insurance coverage, and this bill would be an added burden on fire and EMS agencies.