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Legislators looking at more ways to recruit and retain first responders

Feb 17, 2023 12:54 pm

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that Greene and Rensselaer counties recently passed tax breaks for first responders, and now state legislators are looking at more incentives to retain and recruit fire fighters and ambulance workers. “We must build on this victory and continue to make policy changes to ensure our essential EMS workers can earn a living wage and receive the training and support to serve communities across New York," a group of lawmakers said in a statement. "The final budget must include stronger language to ensure these heroes receive the acknowledgment and resources they need to do these jobs.” They are putting forth a bill that would allow EMS squads to be included in the New York State Health Insurance Program. Read the full story at New York State of Politics.

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