Mike Barash, managing attorney of the law firm Barash and McGarry, commented that “this bill is a no-brainer”. He continued “if a volunteer firefighter is fighting the same fire as a professional firefighter – which happens many times in small towns– and they are both hurt, it would be unconscionable to treat one different than the other. They should get the same medical treatment and the same compensation if they are injured and unable to work there after. Otherwise, the public and professionals will be hurt when volunteers fail to show up. That would be the last thing that we would want,” said Barasch.
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