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S.251

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.

Sec. 2.  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 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. 

(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, 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.

 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us