2018 NYSAFC Issues of United Concern

The Issues of United Concern is presented by the New York State Fire Service Alliance, which consists of the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, County Fire Coordinators’ Association of the State of New York, Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, and the Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York.

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 services. (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 a level comparable with those paid for similar disability under Workers’ 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 Firefighter I course via a system of "blended learning."