Protect those who protect us from dangerous explosives

Protect those who protect us from dangerous explosives

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Protecting First Responders started this petition to Governor J.B. Pritzker and

This petition asks Illinois Governor Pritzker, Speaker Madigan, and Senate President Cullerton to show support for and allow Senate Bill 2265 to be heard during Veto Session 2019.

This bill, known as the Protecting First Responders Act, seeks to protect police and firefighters from explosion hazards next to their stations.

This act recognizes that certain substances are too dangerous to be used, stored or made next to police and fire protection stations due to their explosive nature. The bill limits quantities of these chemicals to a safer level to avoid the catastrophic destruction of life and property of those who have to respond to emergencies.

The law prohibits within 1,000 feet of a first responder station the use, storage and manufacture of over 100 pounds of substances that are found to be designated all three of the following: 

  • Extremely hazardous substances under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, 
  • Designated degree 4 flammability hazards under the National Fire Protection Association Standard 704, and, 
  • Are chemicals listed by the Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards list.

The bill is flexible in allowing for counties and municipalities to redefine distance requirements, but sets a baseline for protecting first responders. 

Help those who serve and protect us to be able to respond to emergencies by limiting explosion hazards by police and fire stations. 

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