Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue
Squad & HB 320
By Jerry L. Kiffer
March 15, 2008
The search and rescue community received some good news this
week with the passage of HB 320 through the State House the bill
has been sent on to the Senate for their approval.. For those
who may be unfamiliar with this legislation HB 320 will fill
a dire need to support our search and rescue volunteers if they
are injured during the training missions necessary to participate
in search and rescue activity. As with much of the State the
volunteer professionals working for the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue
Squad are not paid for their service, nor are they compensated
for their participation in training missions to keep their skills
The State of Alaska provides insurance that covers volunteers
if an injury occurs on a search and rescue mission authorized
by the State of Alaska, however this insurance does not provide
workers compensation coverage nor does it cover training missions.
As search managers we would be negligent to deploy search crews
that are improperly trained for the mission, this forces our
crews to train without the proper coverage.
With the passage of HB 320 the volunteers statewide who donate
so much of their time and expertise for the protection of our
communities will be receive the insurance protection for themselves
and their families they so richly deserve.
I ask you to PLEASE contact your local representative and let
then know how important this bill is to our community, we need
to protect our volunteer emergency responders and support their
efforts to keep our community safe.
For questions on HB 320 please contact the Ketchikan Volunteer
Rescue Squad or your local representative.
Jerry L. Kiffer
Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad
Received March 14, 2008 - Published
March 15, 2008
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