Announcement Promises More Benefits for Volunteer Firefighters
SOUTHERN ALBERTA: The fight may be over for Alberta fire professionals who want better benefits.
The government branch announced proposed changes to the Workers' Compensation Act that should benefit volunteer firefighters, including more coverage for certain types of cancer.
"We know that firefighters develop cancer at a rate much more prevalent than the general population," said Thoms Lukaszuk, Alberta's Minister of Employment and Immigration. "So while they're putting themselves at risk it's our duty to protect them to the extent that we can."
If the amendment passes, Alberta firefighters will get coverage for 14 presumptive cancers without the burden of proof. The changes would impact some 10,000 volunteer, part-time and casual firefigthers, as well as 3,500 full-time firefighters across the province.
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 12/11/2013 4:33:26 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News