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.
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.
- 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”