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A state law passed in 2011, aimed at volunteer firefighters has municipals officials across Indiana County concerned.


It’s called the Firefighter Cancer Prevention Act. It was passed back in 2011 with the goal of allowing volunteer firefighters to collect benefits, which would include lost wages, rehabilitation costs and death benefits, if they develop cancer after being exposed to carcinogens at fire scenes.


The law was the subject of discussion at last night’s Clymer Borough Council meeting and borough manager Rob Barto says the legislation could come at a big cost to municipalities and fire departments.  The next step is a meeting between the borough and fire department to discuss the legislation.


In other business, a donation was announced from the Clymer Slovak Club, to fund improvements to the planned Lee Street Park.  The development would include a golf putting green and bocce court.

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