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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bonnen Appears on KHOU to Discuss Emergency Response Volunteer Shortage

Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 6

Wednesday evening, I appeared on KHOU to discuss the pressing need to support our local firefighter and EMS volunteer teams. I am deeply concerned by the decrease in volunteers for these vital services across the state and have authored legislation that would provide a reward and incentive to keep these life-saving units fully staffed.  To view KHOU's full report, please click here.

KHOU highlighted the fact that Brazoria County has thirty-two fire departments and each one is short of volunteers.  This statewide trend could have dire consequences on our communities and the safety of our families if left ignored.

My bill shines light on the fact that the vast majority of firefighting and EMS units are composed of volunteers; the state desperately needs to attract and retain the service of these brave men and women.  By offsetting the property tax bills of our volunteers, this legislation seeks to accomplish that goal.

Our lives depend on the volunteers who comprise the majority of our firefighter and EMS forces.  Their service and sacrifice play a vital role in the basic function of our communities, as they are the ones who answer the call of duty when our safety is in jeopardy.

My bill responds to the alarming shortage of volunteers by protecting and rewarding their efforts, and I am proud to offer them my continued support in recognition of their invaluable service.