From today’s Prescott Daily Courier:
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin is drafting bills to help the families of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.
One draft bill would provide full-time employee benefits to the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew members from the Prescott Fire Department who died battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire about 20 miles south of Prescott on June 30. Thirteen of the deceased hotshots were seasonal workers so their families don’t get any benefits such as health care.
The draft bill grants full-time state employee benefits to any first responder who dies on state lands. The Granite Mountain Hotshots died on state trust lands. The bill is retroactive to June 30.
“I think this was a wake-up call to a lot of folks,” said Tobin, whose district includes Prescott. Part-time employees are more and more common.