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Firefighters gearing up for MT 2019 legislative session

GREAT FALLS – The next Montana legislative session is seven months away but Democratic legislative leaders were in Great Falls talking about presumptive care.

Senate Democratic Leader Jon Sesso and House Democratic Leader Jenny Eck meet with Great Falls Fire Fighters about what they are looking for in the next session.

“I’ve been our union president since 2003 and this is the first time that we have had house leadership, Senate leadership, or any legislatures out of Montana come and request to have a sit down round table and talk about what is important to us so it is fantastic,” David Van Son, Great Fall Fire Fighters Local 8 President said.

Firefighters agree that they were not thrilled with the presumptive care bill that was introduced in the 2017 session. The group discussed what was needed in the next bill to make sure firefighters across Montana are covered.

One of the most important things firefighters want people to know is they are into breathing these toxics in, they are abusing them through their bodies. These are cancer-causing toxics when is the number one cause of death among firefighters today.

“When they run into a burning building they are literally putting their lives on the line and there health on the line for us. The most important thing is that we keep that mind and I think that is a Montana value to protect those that protect us. We should do everything we can to do that,” Eck said.

They also talked about other issues that are facing firefighters like bargain rights and pensions.

Reporting by Margaret DeMarco – MTN News

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