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Iowa State Senator Adrian Dickey pushes for the betterment of all emergency service responders

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:59 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Iowa State Senator Adrian Dickey has worked as a firefighter for 29 years, because of this he works to advocate the betterment of all first responders.

He says the latest bill he’s introduced that has been passed by the House and the Senate was signed by Governor Reynolds on Wednesday, June 9.

“It gives EMS departments in Iowa the chance to be declared an essential service. Being an essential service will give them access to funding in departments that they have not had in the past.”

He also acknowledged the push for firefighters, EMS, and police officers to respond to an emergency at a reasonable level above the speed limit even in personal vehicles.

Saying that in an emergency, it seems you can never get there fast enough.

Tim Richmond, who is the Wapello County Emergency Management Director and Deputy Fire Chief at Wapello County Rural Fire, says regardless of how hard volunteering may get, he is proud to serve his community.

“None of us that are on ever regret committing. Through all the good, the bad, and the ugly, we’re happy to do it for friends, families, and neighbors.”

Richmond adds that if you’re interested in volunteering locate the local fire chief in your area.

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