Firefighters from across the state were in the Capital City Tuesday to thank lawmakers and each other. The annual Firefighters Service Legislative Day is a chance for firefighters to meet with all lawmakers outside of the ones in their district.
It’s an opportunity to also express their support and concern with legislation being considered this year.
The South Carolina State Firefighters Association has identified several bills and proposals the group is interested in seeing having some movement in the State House this year, including money in the budget for healthcare and mental health services.
“Well one of them is our PTSD money that comes through. That is a big deal for our membership. We deal with a lot of bad calls and when they need that help we have a fast first response team that goes on these calls,” said Tres Atkinson, the Dorechester County fire chief and current president of SCSFA.
The luncheon also featured a box with dozens of sprinklers locked inside representing those who have lost their lives in a fire.
South carolina had 93 fire fatalities in 2018.