HARRISBURG – Members of volunteer fire companies, ambulance corps, and rescue squads who are injured in the line of duty would qualify for workers’ compensation coverage under a bill approved by the PA Senate and sent to the governor. Senate Bill 94 would ensure coverage for all active volunteers and integral members of a volunteer fire, ambulance or rescue company insured through the State Workers Insurance Fund. It would apply to 1,550 volunteer fire companies and 92 ambulance organizations that are insured by the fund. A Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee hearing in 2017 highlighted problems related to the fund denying coverage to these critical volunteers. The measure is part of a broader focus by lawmakers on the challenges facing fire and EMS companies throughout the state. The Senate also approved a package of bipartisan reforms to improve the delivery of fire services throughout the state, including improvements to grant and loan programs dedicated to serve fire companies.