Today U.S. Representative David Wu of Oregon introduced the Volunteer Firefighter Fairness Act, H.R. 5537. This legislation would require the IRS to properly respect the “volunteer” status of volunteer firefighters. Currently, the IRS classifies volunteer firefighters inconsistently in different regions of the country, which has led to confusion about the treatment of volunteer firefighters in relation to federal, state, and local laws. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC( has fought for a remedy to this growing problem for many years, and is proud to support Congressman Wu’s legislation.