Ab’s note: I’ve cross-posted this from theysaid for your information. Hopefully everyone reading here is also following our other forum.
Just a Quick note to express my deep condolences to the families of the air tanker pilots involved in the Hopland Fire tragedy. I am always shocked when I find out that our respective wildland fire fighting agencies have so many loop holes denying compensation for injuries suffered while performing our duties. I wanted to pass on to interested folks that perhaps the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program (PSOB) Act (42 U.S.C. 3796, et seq.) might be of use in this situation, as well as others (situations involving catastrophic injuries or death related to emergency operations) with similar circumstances. Ab, I’m not sure how you might post the PSOB Act, but I’ve included it as an attachment. Thank you for such a great web venue to express, and read about firefighting opinion.
I’ve put the PSOB Act on our site the way it came in, as a pdf file. It requires Adobe Acrobat (free software) to open. Thanks for sending it in. www.wildlandfire.com/docs/PSOB.pdf.