DANVILLE, Va. -

First responders in Danville may soon have reassurance knowing they're covered if something traumatic happens to them while on call.

The Danville Life Saving crew is the city's largest and main volunteer rescue service.

Right now its 125 volunteer members are not covered by insurance within the Line of Duty Act.

The executive director hopes it can be a useful way to keep members and attract new ones.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed. It will be great for retention. It will be great for recruitment and we pray we never need it," said Tommy Pruett, the executive director of the Danville Life Saving Crew.

The health insurance benefits cover medical expenses for people who have become permanently disabled or die while working.

Police, fire, and the sheriff's office personnel are already covered by the insurance.

City leaders are expected vote on the insurance coverage for volunteers later this month.