Letter to the Editor - March 9, 2023
Wed, 03/08/2023 - 9:28am admin
Fighting for firefighters
My name is John Baker, I am the director of government relations for the Professional Fire Fighters of South Carolina. Our organization represents over 1,600 career firefighters throughout the State of South Carolina, serving over 80% of the population.
I am writing to express my gratitude and admiration for the Honorable Mark Smith, South Carolina’s District 99 State Representative. In his second term, Representative Smith is leading the charge early on for this 2023 session, advocating for all firefighters throughout the state. Within the first day of the session starting, he was able to hear the concerns that our members had and was proactive in filing two bills on behalf of the Professional Fire Fighters. “First Responder Protection Act,” and “Firefighter Exemptions,” will help protect our firefighters while injured on the job and aid municipalities in tax exemptions for apparatuses, firefighting gear and supplies.
His leadership and desire to do the right things, the right way, and for the right reasons attract other members to vote with him and constituents to vote for him. Representative Smith proved to be a strong advocate for firefighters as a sponsor of H3126. This would save the jobs of public employees from being forced into receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or facing termination from employment for noncompliance.
On behalf of the PPFSC, we are grateful for his friendship, leadership and desire to make our state strong for all firefighters. We fully endorse Representative Mark Smith in all political endeavors he takes.