Legislation Bolsters Services for Families of Fallen FirefightersIt's been over 15 years since the California firefighter license plate made its debut on the highways and byways of the Golden State.
Now, families of fallen firefighters will be able to hold on to their keepsake plate, and firefighters will enjoy continuing protection through the services of the California Fire Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, founded by the California Professional Firefighters.
SB 88, authored by Mark DeSaulnier (D-Antioch), will raise the cost of issuing a firefighter license plate from $35 to $50 and of renewing registration for these plates from $20 to $35. All proceeds benefit the California Fire Foundation and its victim assistance programs, public education campaigns and its maintenance of the California Firefighter Memorial in Sacramento's Capitol Park.
The increase in fees is the first ever imposed in the 15-year history of the license plate program. The hike brings these fees into line with those of all other specialty license plates in California.
"We are grateful for the support of our firefighter license plate program," said CPF President and California Fire Foundation Chair Lou Paulson. "With the passage of this legislation, the California Fire Foundation can continue to meet the needs of our fire service community in California. It will benefit us all."
The legislation also strikes the previous requirement that forced spouses of fallen firefighters to surrender or request to keep their spouse's firefighter license plate within 60 days. Firefighter license plates will now be automatically transferred to spouses of fallen firefighters or to specified family members for heirloom purposes, if there is no surviving spouse.
The California firefighter license plate program was designed and created by California Professional Firefighters. Using an image from the 1991 box office hit, "Backdraft," the California firefighter license plate has become a key trademark within the fire service, enabling only active and retired firefighters to purchase these plates for display on their automobiles, trucks, trailers and motorcycles.
Source article: California Fire Foundation Link