Articles

Welcome to The Volunteer Firefighter™, the official magazine of FASNY.

FASNY’s publication strives to bring topical, educational and entertaining information to the volunteer emergency service decision-makers and volunteers throughout New York State. It offers feature articles and columns directly relating to the emergency services, as well as editorial content, training and education opportunities, legislation, fire prevention and life safety articles, and real-life experiences. Read the most recent news and insights below.

‘I’m Just a Volunteer’

By David Denniston, Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York Director Welcome back! In the last issue, we laid out a game plan to evaluate your department’s recruitment and retention efforts. We explored the idea that recruitment may actually be the easier part of this process. You…

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First Responders and Compassion

By Dr. Asa Don Brown, Ph.D., C.C.C., D.N.C.C.M., F.A.A.E.T.S. First responders are often compelled to be compassionate, but not all first responders can relate to compassion. While the field encourages compassion, do you really know and fully understand what it is to be compassionate? There is often confusion around the…

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RangeSafe Safety Knobs™ Help Prevent Accidental Stove Fires and Gas Leaks

Traditional stove knobs can be accidentally turned on by adults bumping into the stove, as well as curious children playing with the knobs and mischievous pets looking for food. The National Fire Prevention Association reports that more than 170,000 home fires are associated with cooking equipment, including fires started by…

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Start Planning for Next Year’s Grants Now

By Daryl M. Buornat, FASNY Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee Vice Chair First, let me start out wishing that this article is finding everyone doing well in these difficult and challenging times. By the time you are reading this article, the recent fire prevention grant applications will have been…

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FASNY Here to HELP (and Scholarships Too)

As we wade through uncertain times as a country, there is no doubt that Americans and, more specifically New Yorkers, need help. Our communities need young firefighters now more than ever and that’s one of the reasons FASNY offers two key benefits to them and all volunteer firefighters looking for…

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Recruitment and Retention: The Second R Should Not Be Silent

By David Denniston, Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York Director Last year I had the opportunity to visit a neighboring fire department during the RecruitNY Weekend. The event was extremely impressive. The membership had come out in full force, had the equipment and station looking like…

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Line-of-Duty Protection for Volunteer Firefighters in the Era of COVID-19

By Timothy C. Hannigan, FASNY Attorney New York’s volunteer firefighters are on the front lines of the State’s battle against Covid-19. While our hope is that you never have to use this information, what follows is an overview of current and pending benefits available to volunteer firefighters in connection with…

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Make RecruitNY a Year-Round Effort

RecruitNY 2020 was set to be a record-breaking year as just about 600 departments had stepped up to host an open house with a month to go until the event. Like those hundreds of departments who we thank today, FASNY was looking forward to a spectacular 10th anniversary event. The…

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‘A Keeper for Sure’

By Joseph R. Cea, Elsmere Fire Co. Sometimes a prospective firefighter walks in the door and the whole company just knows that they are there to stay. More often, in spite of our strong sense of duty, retention has barriers that must be overcome to keep that firefighter involved and,…

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Why Codes Matter to the Volunteer Fire Service

Most, if not all, volunteer fire departments have little or no involvement in code enforcement. To most volunteer fire Chiefs, code enforcement, plan review and fire inspections are the purview of the municipal building and/or codes department. With all of the other demands on fire departments, this arrangement is understandable,…

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