Rep. Lois Capps today will hold a press conference to announce a bipartisan bill she authored that will protect firefighters, many of them local. The Federal Firefighters Fairness Act, which Capps introduced with Republican Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-07), would help federal fire fighters harmed through the hazards of their service obtain disability benefits the same way local firefighters do. This will bring parity to federal and non-federal firefighters who serve our communities.
“Earl Warren Showgrounds has become a de facto staging area for the brave men and women who have protected us from serious wildfires over the last several years,” Capps said. “Now it is time to pay them back, by giving them the disability benefits they deserve when they are diagnosed with a disease that is a known hazard of firefighting.” The conference is scheduled for 12:30 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.