State Passes First Heart and Lung Law

­During the Great Depression, firefighting became a coveted and dependable job. Already, the IAFF was improving the lives and working conditions, including helping affiliates in Pennsylvania pass the first Heart and Lung Act, Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Disease Law, establishing some of the first heart and lung legislation. Members who began their careers in the fire service during this era saw advancements including the two-way radio, improved breathing apparatus and more.

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