Alice Whitby, standing, speaks to the Greensville County Board of Supervisors Monday.

On Monday the Greensville County Board Of Supervisors approved recognizing volunteer firefighters as employees for purpose of the Virginia Workers Compensation Act. This is to ensure that if a volunteer firefighter gets injured and is unable to perform duties on their primary employment, they will now  receive loss wages under The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. 

With certainty, fighting fires is noble work. After all, there is something to be said when individuals are brave enough to run into a building when everyone else is running out. In the case of volunteer firefighters, they do so without pay. So, you may ask what happens when a volunteer firefighter gets hurt on the job? The duties performed by volunteer firefighters are often the same as the full-time salaried. They are exposed to the same risks and dangers when fighting a fire and assisting the community. Volunteer firefighters are not entities to any compensation for a loss of earnings caused by an injury suffered in the course of volunteer work. Board members recognized this and rewarded volunteer firefighters for their important and valuable service. It will become effective  July 1.