Text of the Fire Police Fairness Act

This bill was introduced on May 6, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 6, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1828


May 6, 2013

(for himself,Ms. DeLauro,Mr. Fitzpatrick,Mr. Himes,Mr. Larson of Connecticut,Mr. McIntyre,Mr. Meehan,Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania,Mr. Tonko, andMs. Esty) introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on the Judiciary


To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend public safety officers’ death benefits to fire police officers.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fire Police Fairness Act .


Extending public safety officer death benefits to fire police

Section 1204 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968(42 U.S.C. 3796b)is amended—


by redesignatingparagraphs (5) through (9)asparagraphs (6) through (10), respectively;


inparagraph (10)(A)(as so redesignated byparagraph (1) of this section), by insertingas a fire police officer,afterfirefighter,; and


by inserting afterparagraph (4)the following new paragraph:


fire police officerincludes an individual who—


is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency but is not a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, a chaplain, or a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew described inparagraph (10)(A); and


provides scene security or directs traffic—


in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency; or


at a planned special event;