Johns Works To Help Volunteer Fire & EMT

April 30, 2020

Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C,I,Ref-Webster) joined Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) and Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C,I,Ref-Lockport) to announce new measures their conference has taken to protect volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are struggling with operating costs due to an inability to fundraise because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Volunteer fire companies aren’t able to hold the carnivals, parades, community dinners and other fundraising events they rely on to raise operating funds,” said Johns. “They rely on these dollars as their source of funding to provide our communities with essential lifesaving services. At the same time, their costs have increased in order to secure PPE and necessary equipment to safeguard the volunteers who respond to our fire and health emergencies. I hope that the federal government will provide funding and that Albany can also take action to provide relief for these heroes in our communities.”

Johns and his colleagues wrote to federal officials asking for assistance in providing emergency aid to volunteer fire companies and EMS organizations. Additionally, Johns is sponsoring the new New York State Volunteer Fire Protection Emergency Reimbursement Account Act to provide these organizations with funding for the purchase of PPE and to help with operating costs during the pandemic.

Johns said, “I would like to thank everyone who is helping during this unprecedented health emergency, especially our healthcare workers and emergency responders. Year round, our volunteer fire companies and EMTs take time away from their lives and loved ones to keep us safer, and their challenges are even greater now. The very least we can do is to make sure they are protected and funded so that they can continue to provide us with this essential lifesaving service. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteers.”

Mark Johns represents Webster, Penfield, Fairport/Perinton and East Rochester.