As firefighters, paramedics and 911 dispatchers, you keep the safety and risk management practices of your community members top-of-mind, but how often do you evaluate your own risks? Considering the fact that a new cyberattack occurs every 39 seconds, 64% of companies have experienced at least one cyberattack, and a cyberattack on your organization could impact your entire town—when it comes to cyber safety, it’s vital to think about your own risks, too.
VFIS has a cybersecurity microsite to help you understand your risks, know what to do if you experience a breach and understand key ways to help prevent one from happening in the first place.
You’ll find picks for who to follow on online to get the latest cyber risks and recommendations, as well as resources designed specifically for responders and answers to your top cyber-related questions.
by Tom Newby, Benefits Director
As many of you are aware, the Texas State Legislature recently passed HB471. This new law is to become effective September 1, 2023. For those of you not aware of HB471, I am attaching a copy for you (link below). In short it requires that when a member of a department, whether fire, police or emergency medical personnel, goes out on a disability that is Line of Duty related, the department is responsible for replacing 100% of the member’s income for the
first twelve months.
Our reading of HB471, in its current form, is not fiscally or administratively feasible to be implemented. We have contacted SAFE-D and ask that their legal and legislative persons request clarification of certain issues as well as to request an implementation period of 12 months. Reasons for not seeing HB471, in its current form, as fiscally or administratively feasible are listed below.
My hope is that this will provide some insight in to the current issues surrounding HB471 and what is needed to make the goal of HB471 a reality.