Georgias firefighters risk their lives daily to protect our citizens, their lives and property, said Sen. Albers. It is only fitting that we continue to advocate for their rights and access to quality benefits.
As President of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, it was my pleasure to honor Sen. Albers with this award. Sen. Albers is not only a longtime supporter and champion of the Georgia Fire Service, he is also a brother firefighter, said Dwayne Jamison, president of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and deputy chief of Bartow County Fire Rescue.
The award was presented to Sen. Albers, along with Rep. Micah Gravely for their work on passing HB 146 and their support of other policy initiatives aimed at helping firefighters around the state. Under HB 146, fire departments will provide expanded insurance coverage for firefighters who are diagnosed with certain cancers. This legislation requires every fire department to insure each firefighter for cancer diagnosed after having served twelve consecutive months with the department.