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S.251

Introduced by   Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District and Senator Giard of Addison District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

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

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to include volunteer firefighters in the presumption that disability or death suffered from heart injury or heart disease that becomes symptomatic within 72 hours of service in the line of duty shall be compensable.

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

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



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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