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

New York State Fire Service Alliance

2018 Issues of United Concern

  • Cost Recovery for Fire Department Ambulance Service

                Allow Fire Departments and Fire Districts to recover costs for providing ambulance service from insurers,Medicare and Medicaid in a similar manner                          as for profit and not-for-profit ambulance service. (S. 363-A Little / A.7717-A, Jones)
  • Upholstered Furniture Fire Safety Standards

                Establishes a prohibition on the sale and distribution of new upholstered furniture containing certain chemicals. (S. 742, Ritchie / A.3368 Brindisi)
  • Endangering the Welfare of Fire and Emergency Personnel

                Enact an amendment to the Penal Law to establish a crime of Endangering the Welfare of Fire and Emergency Personnel when a property owner makes                  an illegal conversion to a multi-family unit without obtaining proper building permits. (S. 773, Carlucci / A. 1691 Zebrowski)
  • Increase VFBL and VAWBL Benefits

                Increase Volunteer Firefighter and Volunteer Ambulance Worker partial permanent disability benefits to   level comparable with those paid for similar                          disability under Worker’s Compensation Law. (S.3904, Griffo/ - A.6367, Magnarelli)         
  • Enact a Lemon Law for Fire Apparatus

                Enact Legislation providing for a Lemon Law for Fire Apparatus like the law for passenger motor vehicles.
  • Training for Fire Chiefs

                Enact legislation requiring the New York State Fire Administrator to convene a group consisting of various fire service associations and employee                              representatives to review the training standards for fire chiefs and to make recommendations for such standards.
  • Budgetary Issues

  • Authorize a Sales Tax Exemption for Home Safety Items such as smoke alarms, CO Alarms and Fire Extinguishers during the Month of October.
  • Provide sufficient funding to DHSHES/OFPC to ensure their ability to deliver the Fire Fighter 1 class via a system of “Blended Learning”