The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Sarah Feldman
Office of Senator Jon Tester 

Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Combat Housing Shortage for Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders


Amid a dangerous start to an early fire season, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week introduced his bipartisan Volunteer First Responder Housing Act to expand eligibility for qualified volunteer first responders to participate in certain federal housing assistance programs and provide a greater incentive for more volunteers to stay and continue to serve their communities.

In Montana, more than 93% of fire departments are made up of volunteer or mostly volunteer firefighters. These fire departments rely on volunteers to provide a wide array of essential services to all of Montana—especially i...

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