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Proposal to attract more volunteer firefighters and EMS by offering tax credit program

MADISON (WKOW) — Smaller communities in Wisconsin have a hard time attracting and retaining volunteer firefighters and other first responders. Lawmakers are proposing a tax credit program in hopes of filling the gap.

They were joined at the Wisconsin State Capitol by Jamie Stephenson. He is the service director of Albany Area EMS and serves on the board of the Wisconsin EMS association.

“Almost 80% of EMS care is provided by volunteers in the State of Wisconsin, these volunteers jump at the sound of a pager, leaving their families, their kid’s soccer games or even Packer games to answer that call,” said Stephenson.

The tax credits would help offset the costs that go towards getting their accreditation and continued education to be a paramedic.

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