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first responders

9 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Don't Deny Compensation to 9/11 First Responders

My name is John Feal and I’ve been to 181 funerals since September 11, 2001, for first-responders who joined me at Ground Zero after the attacks on the World Trade Center. They are now dying from cancer due to exposure to asbestos, burning jet fuel, burning computer parts, pulverized concrete and other toxic substances. By 2021, it’s expected that more people will have died from toxic exposure than were killed in the attacks. And Congress could break their promise to provide them with compensation. I went to Ground Zero hoping that my experience as a US Army veteran and demolition supervisor could save lives. Seventeen years later, many of my fellow responders have died or are dying from cancer, respiratory illness, and other health problems caused by their exposure to debris and toxic chemicals. In 2015, we successfully fought to reauthorize the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, which ensures victims could receive health screenings and medical benefits for 70 years, and compensation through 2020. In less than two years, that Victim Compensation Fund will close — and it’s already running out of money. After 9/11, the EPA assured the responders and residents that "the air is safe," and hundreds of thousands of residents and workers returned. Today over 10,000 people have been diagnosed with WTC-linked cancers and more than 2,000 of those people have died, including 184 NYC firefighters. I live with the memory of the lives lost that day, but also the sadness of knowing survivors are still dying. It’s tragic that our elected officials won’t come together to guarantee support for these victims, who inhaled cancer causing chemicals as they searched for survivors and recovered bodies. Now, thousands of families face steep medical bills and struggle every day just to survive. This is no way to treat human beings who sacrificed so much that day. Please sign my petition to make sure 9/11 responders and victims are supported by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund after they sacrificed everything.

FealGood Foundation
176,254 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to James Mcpartlon

EMS Workers need your support urgently!!

As many of you know, Emergency Medical Service workers are professionals who train thousands of hours to quickly remedy any medical emergency you or your family may encounter. They respond to any situation no matter the weather, time of day or night, and many times without regard to their own safety or health. Yet despite all of this, EMT's at Mohawk Ambulance are paid $12.51 per hour. Many with no benefits. On top of the poverty level wages, EMT's at Mohawk Ambulance are forced to work mandatory overtime totaling 24 hours straight or more. We have seen tragic consequences of working 80 hours a week or more with little to no sleep. Just last year, an EMT fell asleep at the wheel resulting in an accident which led to the death of a patient. Just a few weeks ago, another EMT fell asleep resulting in a crash with a fire hydrant in the city of Albany. Rather than work through the problem, Mohawk Ambulance fired the employee and suspended her partner 10 shifts. UPSEU Local 1222, which represents the employees of Mohawk Ambulance has been in negotiations since March. To date, Mohawk Ambulance refuses to even put a wage proposal on the table. Soon, EMT's at Mohawk Ambulance will make less than fast food workers. This can not continue. We need the support of the public to make this happen. Please call Mohawk Ambulance at 518-374-4468 and tell the owner, Jim Mcpartlon to settle a contract that brings his employees out of poverty. Please sign our petition asking Mohawk Ambulance to offer their employees a fair and living wage. Thank you for your support.

UPSEU Local 1222
7,369 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Midland County

First Responder

This change would create a faster response time for Midland county. The average response time for a county Medical Call and Motor Vehicle Accidents is 15- 25 Minutes.  First Responder status for Northeast Midland County Volunteer Fire/ EMS, would put trained EMS personnel and Certified Extrication Techs on scene    in half the time. Our goal is for our community  is to help improve the outcome of life in a Emergent situation. The difference in time is the difference between life and death!                          With your signature we can make a difference For anyone who has questions about our petition here is what you need to know. We are not wanting to take over first responder responsibilities from the City Department. We are not trying to take their place. We are wanting to work in conjunction with the city to help out our community. When there is a medical emergency or maybe a wreck in our Designated Response Area, we would like to be called out at the same time as the city to be able to help. If we could get arrive on scene before the city and start to stabilize the patient or stabilize a vehicle for extrication at a crash site that would be very beneficial to the people involved. Our EMS personnel have the same training and certifications as the City Department. There is a misconception that volunteers do not have the same training and certifications that City Departments have. All EMS certifications are earned the same way. The Class room, skills and testing are all the same. This also applies to Fire Fighter Certifications. Right now we are focusing on becoming first responders for our response area. East of Fairgrounds and north of 307 all the way to the county line. We have a good size population as well as Highway 80, Interstate 20 and Parts of Loop 250. We are just wanting to help our community and the city. We will be sending a group of our volunteers with a hard copy of the petition door to door in our response area to try and get signatures as well as answer any questions the citizens have. If you have any questions or concerns about our petition or about our department in general, you can always message us or give us a call and we would be glad to help!

Northeast Midland County Volunteer Fire Department
194 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Mitch McConnell, Eric Swalwell, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Mark DeSaulnier, Kamala D. Harris

National Benefits for Disabled First Responders

After serving the public for 10 years in California as a paramedic/firefighter, I was injured on the job ending the career I loved. I also suffered from PTSD when it was "just a veterans issue." I never received a disability retirement because my time was split between two retirement systems, didn't dare fight for a PTSD claim in workers comp court because they make it hell to get an award not worth much, went on COBRA to pay my medical bills - and racked up more bills because workers comp wouldn't cover non-pharmacological/alternative treatment for pain control, took on loads of student loan debt to earn a BS & MBA to get hired in corporate, and lost my home when I was in severe pain fighting two cities who weren't paying me while the lawyers stalled my case for 7 years blaming each side for my injury and missing court dates. Worse, a firefighter I knew killed himself, another addicted to pain meds, one dead from cancer in his 40's, and another dead on Thanksgiving day from stress. Are you still with me? I'm alive for a reason. I am advocating for people like myself, for my friends who are dead, and for every family member of a first responder watching their loved one suffer as the system fails them state by state. Thank you for your service is not enough. We need action, now, supporting our disabled first responders in the same way as our veterans.  The politics continue, the data silo furthers it state by state, as lives are lost - heroes to zeroes.  MY ASK OF OUR NATION'S CITIZENS & LAW MAKERS I propose, at minimum, there be a national solution in addressing the needs of disabled first responders so they and their families can move forward in the face of disability. ISSUES & WAYS TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR DISABLED FIRST RESPONDERS & THEIR FAMILIES 1. Veterans have access to quality care for life. First responders who are disabled, but who do not meet social security's stringent disability guidelines, should receive Medicare benefits across all 50 states.  2. Veterans receive a GI Bill assisting their transition to minimize student loan debt in exchange for their service. First responders who are disabled, should receive 100% tuition assistance for first time bachelors degree in-line with veterans. This can be funded by each state's public university system. 3. Veterans have special home loans. First responders who are disabled, should have a system in place, whereby, if they are enrolled in a bachelors degree program, they are able to extend their home loan without losing their home during their transition. Banks need to step up and take care of our heroes.  4. Employers of veterans receive a tax credit. First responders, who are disabled, are seen as a risk because there is no transactional benefit to corporations. Congress can execute legislation giving employers of disabled first responders the same tax advantage as veterans.  5. Veterans receive universal care for PTSD and disability compensation. First responders must prove their injury was "job related." 50 states have 50 different workers compensation systems - most do not cover firefighters, cops, and EMTs for PTSD. Suicide rates are rising, depression/anxiety is rising, time off work for stress, and co-morbid illness is costly. Each union is trying to solve this. It is time for a national resolution to solve this unifying police, fire, EMS, just like each branch of the military does under the word veteran.  Friends of first responders: there are only 2 million first responders out there. A lot make it through their 30 year careers, and others like myself don't. Service shouldn't come with the cost of losing homes and lives. I am asking for your signature to drive this petition forward to our Congress and White House. It's time we end the politics to get our firefighters, cops, and ambulance workers close to the same benefits as our veterans. Both groups are vital to our society, and one is sorely underrepresented. I know the facts. I've lived it. I've survived it. I'm asking for YOUR help. Please sign this now and share this on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and any other source you have to drive action on this timely and important issue hidden behind the image of bravery.  Link: One of the few articles that articulates this crisis and personal stories beyond my own. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/the-states-that-dont-compensate-sick-firefighters/405181/

Drew Aversa
2,384 supporters