Following unanimous support in the Legislature, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill to expand benefits for firefighters who are diagnosed with certain cancers.
Supporters of the bill pointed to cancer dangers faced by firefighters, in part because of exposure to more burning chemicals and plastics than in the past.
“To our first responders and our firefighters, that 24/7/365 got our backs, this was our opportunity to tell them: we’ve got your backs,” said Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who doubles as state fire marshal. He was a key proponent of CS/CS/SB 426.