June 13, 2016
Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Press Release
Texarkana’s professional fire fighters are highly trained and committed to being first on the scene of any emergency and doing whatever it takes to save lives and property. Even if that means putting their own lives on the line.
In fact, one-third of all fire fighters in the United States and Canada are injured and more than 100 die in the line of duty each year. These brave public servants know that seconds can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to a structure fire, a multi-vehicle accident or someone who is in cardiac arrest.
Texarkana’s professional fire fighters always have and always will be there for this community.
Because of their role as our community’s public safety professionals, Texarkana’s fire fighters should have a seat at the table when it comes to important public safety matters. They deserve the right to communicate in good faith with their employers about critical issues affecting their jobs and our community.
Unfortunately, under current law, it is illegal for Texarkana’s professional fire fighters to discuss critical issues with their employer. This must change.
That is why Texarkana’s professional fire fighters are asking citizens to support the Fire and Police Employee Relations Act. A petition has been distributed and the public has enthusiastically responded by providing nearly twice the required signatures to the petition for this important initiative to be placed on the ballot in November.
This ballot initiative will provide your fire fighters with the right to fair representation by an employee association, allowing them a seat at the table to discuss fire department working conditions, training, resource allocation and other matters impacting public safety in Texarkana.
The proposed Fire and Police Employee Relations Act already has generated broad public support. The citizens of Texarkana clearly understand that strong public safety is a cornerstone of any successful and prosperous community.
Texarkana deserves the very best in public safety and the Fire and Police Employee Relations Act will help make this possible.