The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill on Monday that would extend the definition of employee in the State Workers' Compensation Act to include additional titles of voluntary first responders who would be entitled to compensation if injured during a rescue.
SB 94, which unanimously passed the State Senate on Monday, adds officers and directors of rescue and life-saving troops as volunteer rescue personnel who are entitled to compensation for workers if they are injured in the performance of their first responders.
The bill also volunteers first responders who perform tasks on State Park or State Forest Land employees at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for workers' compensation. membership is primarily intended to facilitate fraternity with other members.
If signed into law, the legislation would enter into force immediately.