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#MTPROFF GUIDE TO SB160
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Your Montana Professional Firefighters are committed to protecting your safety and wellbeing on and off the job. Part of that commitment was the passing of Senate Bill 160, the Firefighters Protection Act. This law, know colloquially as a “presumptive” law, is designed to give you access to workers compensation benefits for illnesses received in the line of duty. This benefit, however, comes with guidelines and stipulations. We have tried to simplify those to make sure you can comply with the requirements of the law. This document occasionally references the Montana Code Annotated (MCA) where you can find the exact codified language. Visit mtproff.com/cancer to find more information, including the full text of the bill, reporting guidelines, and detailed prevention efforts.
Carry On Warrior
Jason Baker began his career with the City of Great Falls as a professional fire fighter and was a proud union member of IAFF Local 8. Jason Baker was always a person of service, something he was passionate about. He was elected to Local 8’s Executive Board and served as District 2 Vice President for the Montana State Council of Professional Firefighters. Jason was a proud member of the Montana State Firemen’s Association Honor Guard. Jason was a true, member-driven leader, he was an outstanding example of what it looks like to put others ahead of oneself. Jason fought tirelessly alongside his brothers and sisters for better firefighter benefits in the State of Montana for professional firefighters and others.
Montana passed the Firefighter Health and Safety Act to provide health and financial benefits to firefighters who contract an illness related to the risks of the firefighting. Jason dedicated his career to fighting for this benefit. In turn, Jason himself, came down with an illness that came from his job. This benefit did not exist at the time of Jason’s illness or death, nor did it cover him and his family at the time. This did not stop Jason’s passion to serve others so that others that came after him would benefit from it, even though he would not.
We look at the sacrifice that Jason put himself and his family through so that others can receive the benefits from this law. We thank Jason Baker for his dedication, drive, mission, purpose and his leadership to never give up on fighting for the rights of every Montana Firefighter. Jason’s legacy and his hard work will continue to carry on to future generations.
As his daughter so gracefully said, “Carry on Warrior” and so we will all carry on in admiration and respect for the work that Jason laid before us.