HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation that allows local governments to offer tax credits to fire company and EMS volunteers has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Act 172 of 2016, formerly House Bill 1683, authorizes local municipalities to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits of up to 20 percent.

Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) has said his legislation gives something back to the people who volunteer their time and willingly risk their lives to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania communities.

The state fire commissioner will establish annual requirements of the credit program, such as the number of calls a volunteer must respond to or their training or participation in the functions of the organization.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.