TCSA E-News: May 19, 2023

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We'll See You Next Week in Gatlinburg!

For those planning to attend, we're excited to see you next week at TCSA's Legislative Conference on May 23 - 25. It's a week packed full of information, but don't worry! That information will be available on the TCSA website soon after the conference, and we'll share that info in this newsletter the week on Friday, June 2. Our offices will also be closed next week because TCSA's staff will be in Gatlinburg.  

Conference Registration Payment Reminder: Registration payment is required to attend TCSA's Legislative Conference! If you have registered but not paid, please pay online through your membership account or give us a call at (615) 532-3767, to register over the phone. If you're paying on-site, please note that we can only accept check or credit card as payment. Thanks again for your cooperation! 

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Gov. Lee’s Federal Disaster Relief Request Approved for 45 Tennessee Counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – [On Thursday, May 18, 2023], Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced approval of his federal assistance request, making recovery assistance available to 45 counties impacted by severe weather, flooding and straight-line winds on March 1-3.
“This March, severe weather impacted communities across Tennessee, and I commend local leaders for their work to provide swift response and recovery efforts,” said Gov. Lee. “We remain committed to ensuring that critical resources are made available to impacted Tennesseans in the days ahead.”

The 45 counties named in the declaration are Benton, Bledsoe, Campbell, Carroll, Cheatham, Clay, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Montgomery, Moore, Obion, Perry, Pickett, Polk, Rhea, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, Tipton, Wayne and White counties.

“FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is a valuable resource to communities,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “These funds can be used by local jurisdictions to respond and recover from major disasters or emergencies, such as the severe weather that impacted Tennessee in early March.”...
Read the Full Release from TEMA

Roane becomes first county to offer Length of Service Award Program to Volunteer Firefighters

Roane County is the first Tennessee County to adopt the new State of Tennessee Length of Service Award Program for Volunteers offered to local communities to recruit, retain, and reward volunteer firefighters for their commitment.
A length of service award program, or LOSAP, allows participating local governments to provide financial rewards to volunteers performing firefighting and fire prevention, emergency medical, and ambulance services. Local governments electing to participate in the program will be able to designate an annual contribution amount to be invested on behalf of eligible volunteers to provide future monetary benefits.
Championed by Senator Ken Yager, of Kingston, and Representative Ron Gant, of Rossville, the Tennessee General Assembly authorized grant funding, beginning July 1, 2023, to assist local governments and nonprofit entities that would like to provide this benefit to volunteer firefighters in their communities. The program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Treasury, under the leadership of State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr.
"I am proud that Roane County has become the first county in the state to take advantage of the LOSAP to benefit local volunteers,” said Senator Ken Yager. “Our hard-working volunteer emergency services personnel across the state can also take advantage of the excellent investment strategies of the Tennessee Treasury and improve financial rewards for their service. I was honored to sponsor and pass this bill on behalf of the Treasurer and look forward to seeing this model adopted by local governments across the state."
“Senator Yager has worked tirelessly to promote the LOSAP,” said Treasurer Lillard. “It is no surprise that his home, Roane County, is the first county to adopt the program. I hope other counties will join Roane in adopting the LOSAP and applying for the grant.”
Volunteers are the lifeblood of fire service in many Tennessee communities, accounting for nearly two-thirds of firefighters in the state. These brave men and women ensure the safety of citizens and those visiting our state each day, often without personal compensation.
"Most of Tennessee's firefighters are volunteers who willingly put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call for assistance with little regard for compensation or personal gain," said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Assistant Commissioner for Fire Prevention Gary Farley, who oversees the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office. "The Length of Service Award Program could be vital to helping strengthen the Tennessee Fire Service in the coming years."
Read More About the New LOSAP Available to Volunteer Orgs

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