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Introduced by   Representatives Flory of Pittsford, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Dates of Shelburne, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Dostis of Waterbury, Dunsmore of Georgia, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Helm of Castleton, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Kennedy of Chelsea, Kilmartin of Newport City, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Livingston of Manchester, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, Miller of Elmore, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nuovo of Middlebury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Parent of St. Albans City, Pugh of S. Burlington, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Severance of Colchester, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton and Young of Orwell

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Labor; workers’ compensation; firefighters; line of duty

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to provide that any disability or death from heart injury or heart disease suffered by volunteer as well as full-time firefighters that becomes symptomatic within 72 hours of service in the line of duty shall be presumed to be a compensable injury for workers’ compensation purposes.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  21 V.S.A. § 601(11)(A) and (B) are amended to read:

(A)  In the case of constables, chiefs of police, police officers, rescue or ambulance workers, and volunteer reserve police officers, and 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 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. 

(B)  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, 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.

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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont