Fire and rescue squad volunteers; joint subcommittee to study incentives to recruit, etc. (HJ743)

Introduced By

Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; tax incentives for fire and rescue squad volunteers. Creates a joint subcommittee to examine income tax incentives used in other jurisdictions to recruit and retain volunteers in the local fire departments and rescue squads. Read the Bill »


03/07/2007: Passed the House


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 074393492
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Rules
02/02/2007Engrossed by House as amended
02/02/2007Taken up
02/02/2007Amendments by Delegate Rust agreed to
02/02/2007Engrossed by House as amended HJ743E
02/02/2007Printed as engrossed 074393492-E
02/02/2007Agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
02/02/2007Communicated to Senate
02/05/2007Reading waived
02/05/2007Referred to Committee on Rules
02/19/2007Reported from Rules
02/20/2007Reading waived (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007Motion to reconsider Passed by for the day agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Passed by for the day
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
03/07/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ743ER)


Jason See writes:

This is a real problem in our area. Most localities can not yet afford full-time EMS providers, but the Rescue Stations and Volunteer Fire Departments are seriously under-staffed.

I know that, or example, Louisa County, provides free county car tax stickers to members of the community that volunteer fire and rescue. But this is only a $20 annual bonus, and seeing that the Commonwealth requires almost 130 hours of classroom training just to be a Basic EMT, this is not nearly enough incentive to help with recruitment and retention.