Background

The Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association was organized in 1991 for the purpose of protecting the interests of call/volunteer firefighters in Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Part of the MCVFA’s stated mission is to maintain, support and serve the call/volunteer fire service and the public they serve through legislation. The MCVFA has a Legislative Committee and Legislative Representation to fulfill this mission. 

MCVFA Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is composed of MCVFA members from across the state and is instrumental in the development and advocacy of the legislative agenda, commonly referred to as the MCVFA Scorecard. The legislative agenda consists of MCVFA bill proposals and other Fire Service resolutions. The MCVFA Scorecard is developed by the Legislative Committee for presentation to the membership each year.

The Legislative Committee compiles a list of possible legislative items with a brief description of each item. The Legislative Committee develops this list by reviewing items from the prior session’s legislative agenda, by soliciting input from the regions and by discussing emerging issues with other MCVFA committees and individual MCVFA members.

The various proposals are discussed within the Legislative Committee. Proposed legislative items are reviewed and refined in preparation for bill introduction. The Legislative Committee and Legislative Representative present a final agenda of introduced legislation to the e-Board. After the e-Board approves the final legislative agenda, the Legislative Committee and Legislative Representative lead the lobbying and advocacy activities.

The Legislative Committee continues the process by submitting a monthly legislative report to the MCVFA e-Board. The board may adjust the MCVFA Scorecard from time to time based on changing events and circumstances during the legislative year.