OUR MISSION

The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, a not-for-profit corporation, works to improve the fiscal responsibility, efficiency and effectiveness of the fire district management through education, training and advocacy for commissioners and other fire district officials in the 57 counties outside of the City of New York.

Issues of United Concern

 

2017 ISSUES OF UNITED CONCERN



 

LEGISLATION: 
 

1. EXPAND CANCER COVERAGE 

Provides a rebuttable presumption that several types of cancer are covered under VFBL and VAWBL.


2. FAIR PLAY AMBULANCE COST RECOVERY FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Allows all fire departments and fire districts to bill for ambulance services to even the playing field with all other ambulance providers across the state.


3. ILLEGAL BUILDING CONVERSIONS

The IUC associations supports the continuation of discussions and cooperation with the New York Department of State and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention Control to address the issue of illegal building conversions which endanger residents of the illegally converted buildings and fire firefighters. The IUC further supports any regulatory or legislative initiatives that result from these discussions.


4. VFBL & VAWBL INCREASE

Provides for an increase in VFBL / VAWBL temporary total disability benefit levels from $400 to $650 per week for those volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers injured after July 1, 2017.


5. FIRE APPARATUS LEMON LAW

Provides that Fire and E.M.S vehicles and apparatus be included under the New York State Lemon Law.


6. UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS.

Enhances fire safety standards for upholstered furniture by methods that do not require the use of cancer causing fire retardants.


BUDGET:

IN ADDITION THE GROUP SUPPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

Additional Funding for Firefighter 1 Training – The IUC supports inclusion of additional funding in the 2017/2018 New York State Budget to support the Office of Fire Prevention Control’s ability to provide more blended Firefighter 1 training using modern technologies as this funding will further enhance the ability of municipalities to recruit volunteer firefighters.Continue to pursue adoption of the IRC to include provisions for Residential Sprinklers.  With a particular push for sprinklers in town homes during the current public comment period of the proposed rulemaking process.

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