Senator John A. Girgenti, D-Passaic, speaks on the Senate floor in honor of retiring Senator Bob Martin, D-Morris.

09 Feb: Girgenti Bill To Require Medical Clearance For Volunteer Firefighters Approved

TRENTON � A bill sponsored by Senator John A. Girgenti, D-Passaic and Bergen, to allow local volunteer firefighting companies or municipalities to require volunteer firefighters to supply a physician�s certificate as a condition of serving was approved 5-0 today by the Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans� Affairs Committee.

The impetus for the bill was the case of a 92-year-old man who suffered a fractured hip while working as a volunteer firefighter. A state appeals court ruled the fire company was liable for $100,000 because of the man�s injuries.