Infrastructure bill carves out boosts to first responders, wildland firefighters

  • Source: The Hill
  • Published: 10/27/2021 12:00 AM

Technology upgrades for 911 call centers, firefighter wage increases and updates to roadside safety precautions are just some of the provisions in the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill that would boost funding and support for a host of first responders on the job around the country. One of the largest expenses in the $1 trillion bill would be $600 million geared in part toward the salaries and expenses of federal wildland firefighters. The bill would also direct the departments of Agriculture and Interior to convert at least 1,000 seasonal wildland firefighter jobs to full-time, permanent and year-round federal employment as well as develop and implement mitigation strategies that would help firefighters reduce their exposure to environmental hazards. Those administration department heads would also be in charge of establishing programs that help firefighter personnel address mental health needs including post-traumatic stress disorder.


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