SERVE Act Introduced in House; Provides $1,000 Tax Credit for Volunteer Fire/EMS

On May 21, Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) along with a bi-partisan group of original co-sponsors introduced the Supporting Emergency Responder Volunteer Efforts (SERVE) Act (H.R. 2535), which would create a $1,000 income tax credit “for individuals who are bona fide volunteer members of volunteer firefighting and emergency medical service organizations.” The SERVE Act is designed to help local volunteer emergency services agencies recruit and retain personnel.

“I’d like to thank Representative Hanna for introducing this important legislation,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Volunteer emergency services professionals donate hundreds of hours of their time every year training and responding. By providing a financial incentive for people to volunteer the SERVE Act will boost local efforts to recruit and retain volunteer personnel, improving public safety in thousands of communities across the country while building national preparedness capabilities.”

Use the NVFC’s Engage Action Center to contact your U.S. Representative to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2535.