Issues of United Concern

Fire Associations Letter Logos

December 7, 2019 Revised

  • Ambulance Cost Recovery for Fire Departments – Allows volunteer fire departments and districts, which are currently unable to recover the cost of providing pre-hospital EMS service from insurers, Medicare and Medicaid, to bill for services. Currently for-profit, not-for-profit and municipal EMS providers can recover the costs of providing pre-hospital services. This bill would simply level the playing field and provide the same statutory authority to volunteer departments and fire districts.
    Corresponding Legislation:
    S3685B (Brooks)/A1778A (Jones)
  • Permanent Heart & Lung VFBL – Make permanent the long-standing laws governing disability determinations relating to (1) disease or malfunction of the heart or coronary arteries and (2) certain lung disease or malfunction incurred by volunteer firefighters as it relates to coverage for death or disability under VFBL.
    Corresponding Legislation:
    (1) S5418 (Harckham)/A563 (Buchwald)
    (2) S5419 (Harckham)/A7352 (Buchwald)
  • VFBL/VAWBL Increase – Would provide an increase in VFBL/VAWBL benefits for temporarily and totally disabled volunteers – the update would provide parity with worker’s compensation benefits for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers in the event they are injured in the line of duty.
    Corresponding Legislation:
    S4631 (Gaughran)/A5896 (Magnarelli)
  • Endangering the Welfare of Fire and Emergency Personnel – Would allow for legislative and administrative actions on building owners who perform modifications or conversions without obtaining the prescribed permits for single or multi-family occupancies.
    Corresponding Legislation:
    S6264 (Carlucci)/A1797 (Zebrowski)
  • Upholstered Furniture Health Safety Standards – Establish a prohibition on the sale of upholstered furniture which employs the use of carcinogenic flame-retardant chemicals.
    Corresponding Legislation:
    S6512 (Harckham)/A6260A (Gunther)
  • Recruitment, Education and Retention Task Force – Pursue legislation that would create a task force to specifically review the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters as well as the development of education programs designed to recruit volunteer firefighters. The task force shall consist of representatives of the volunteer fire service, the New York State Legislature and relevant state agencies that oversee volunteer firefighters, tax incentives and educational programs.
    Corresponding Legislation:
    To Be Introduced