first responders

15 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Knox County Sheriff's Office, Residents of Knox County, Tn.


THIS IS FOR THE MEN AND WOMAN THAT SACRIFICE SO MUCH ALREADY, FOR THE ONES THAT WILL RUN TO YOU WHEN YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE COMES TRUE. FOR THE ONES THAT ARE WILLING TO PUT EVERYTHING ON THE LINE FOR A COMPLETE STRANGER. WITH ALL THE STUDIES THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT PROVE TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT THE HEALTH OF AN OFFICER IS COMPROMISED DIRECLTY FROM THE RESULT OF WEARING A DUTY BELT WITH THE AMOUNT OF WEIGHT THAT IS NECESSARY TO DO THE JOB THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO FULFILL. THEY DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE TO WEAR SOMETHING THAT WILL NOT ONLY MAKE THEM MORE COMFORTABLE AND EXTEND THEIR CAREER AS AN ACTIVE LEO, BUT WILL ALLOW THEM TO DO THERE JOB PAIN FREE FROM HIP AND BACK PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH WEARING A DUTY BELT. THE TECHNOLOGY IS READILY AVAILABLE TO ALLOW THEM TO PERFORM THE JOB MANY ARENT WILLING TO DO. WHY NOT? GIVE THESE MEN AND WOMAN AN OPPORTUNITY TO FEEL BETTER WHILE PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES.  Officers who carry most of their equipment – which often weighs close to 30 pounds – on vests rather than duty belts experience significantly less hip and lower-back pain, the study found. “The findings are clear and they are significant,” said Dr. Jeff Janot, a professor of kinesiology and the faculty lead on a six-month study that involved UW-Eau Claire, ECPD and Mayo Clinic Health System. “While the vests weigh more, the weight is more evenly distributed so there is less strain on the hips and lower back.” Researchers also determined that the vests do not limit the officers’ range of motion or create other issues that would be problematic for the officers from a safety standpoint, said Chantal Bougie, a senior kinesiology major from Oshkosh and the student lead on the research project. “We didn’t find any unintended consequences from wearing the load-bearing vest that would cause health or safety issues for the officers,” Bougie said. COME TOGETHER FOR THE ONES THAT COME TO YOU!  

Jason Fenno
183 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Charles D. Baker, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House

Disability benefits for Firefighters with Parkinson's Disease from toxins.

  A fire can expose firefighters to millions of chemicals and toxins. We have become aware of the massive risks these toxins pose for first responders, who breathe them in, ingest them, and absorb them through the skin while putting their lives on the line. Most states have adopted “cancer presumptive laws,” meaning that if a firefighter gets cancer on the job, they are automatically awarded accidental disability to see them through their illness. The increased rate of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a degenerative brain disorder, in firefighters has emerged. I am a firefighter who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I am not alone -- while the rate of PD in the general population is 3 out of 1000, it is 30 out of 1000 for firefighters. I am young to be experiencing this disease, but that’s often how it works for emergency responders, and there is mounting evidence that our exposure to toxins is the culprit. Four firefighters who all fought a tire fire in Spencer MA in 1986 have all been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. My state of Massachusetts has great presumptive laws for firefighters, not only for cancer, but for heart and lung disease as well. It is now time for our legislators to include Parkinson’s Disease among these illnesses. There is no disputing the connection between toxic chemical exposure and PD anymore. While PD usually develops slowly among the general population, symptoms often hit firefighters fast, seemingly out of nowhere. Research now suggests that toxin-induced PD has a more rapid onset than genetic PD, another indicator that we are, indeed, contracting this illness on the job. For those of us struggling with Parkinson’s, walking, talking, grasping and even blinking become increasingly difficult tasks to accomplish. Needless to say, continuing to work as firefighters while battling this disease is most often not possible. Indiana recently became the first state to include Parkinson’s in its presumptive law. This has provided unimaginable relief to many firefighters, who were running out of sick time, and facing unemployment and massive medical bills due to their debilitating disease. We now must band together and demand that more states recognize the link between firefighting and PD, and include PD among the illnesses covered by their presumptive laws. Please sign this petition to include Parkinson's in Massachusetts’ presumptive law, which would allow firefighters with Parkinson's to retire on full accidental disability.

Greg Heath
59,271 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald J. Trump

Designate October 28th each year as “Honoring the Nation’s First Responders Day.”

Every day First Responders put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans, United States Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) have introduced the House companion resolution to a U. S. Senate bill sponsored by United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to to designate October 28, 2019 as “Honoring the Nation’s First Responders Day.” First Responders (Police, Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics) put their lives on the line everyday for people they don’t even know. They are more than good neighbors - they are our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and friends. While everyone else is running away, they’re running towards the danger. It is time to honor them with a special day of their own: National First Responders Day. It’s long overdue and something all Americans can agree upon. So join the movement, sign the petition, spread the word on your social media and help as we petition Congress to make this day a reality. To ensure this worthy cause gets the attention it deserves, we are committed to do what we can to get the issue in front of as many people as possible so that members of Congress hear our collective voice. While we are proud to be creating awareness, this movement is so much bigger than any person or brand.  Please support our local heroes and sign the petition. 

Thank You First Responder
60 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to J.B. Pritzker, Michael J. Madigan, John J. Cullerton

Protect those who protect us from dangerous explosives

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. 

Protecting First Responders
14 supporters