NO. 108. AN ACT RELATING TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMPENSABILITY OF HEART ATTACKS SUFFERED BY FIREFIGHTERS.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. PURPOSE
The sole purpose of this act is to include all firefighters, not just professional firefighters, under the presumption that a heart disease or heart injury that becomes symptomatic within 72 hours of service in the line of duty is a compensable injury under the workers’ compensation laws.
In the case of constables, chiefs of police, police officers, rescue or
ambulance workers, and volunteer reserve police officers
firefighters, except full-time firefighters, in any city, town, or incorporated
village, disability or death from a heart injury or heart disease incurred or
aggravated and proximately caused by service in the line of duty and that
becomes symptomatic within 72 hours from the date of last service in the line
of duty shall be presumed to be incurred in the line of duty.
In the case of
a full-time firefighter, which, for the purposes of this
subdivision (11), has the same meaning as in 20 V.S.A. § 3151(4) firefighters,
as defined in 20 V.S.A. § 3151(3) and (4), disability or death from heart
injury or heart disease that becomes symptomatic within 72 hours of service in
the line of duty shall be presumed to be compensable.
Approved: April 14, 2006
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street