-New law would provide added safety and awareness at fire scenes-
(ALBANY, NY) – The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) issued the following statement after Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that would establish a truss construction notification system for residential properties. The new law, sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Senator Jack Martins will help save firefighters lives from the early collapse of residential structures.
“Simply put, this new law will help protect the lives of firefighters, fire officers, and the public,” said FASNY President Robert McConville. “Determining the type of building construction in quick fashion dictates how we operate at a fire, so any advantage we are provided is welcomed. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing the public safety impact of this law and Assembly Member Schimel and Senator Martins for their hard work and leadership on this issue.”
While truss construction is very safe and durable, when weakened by a fire, major components of a truss foundation can collapse suddenly without warning. When responding to a fire, first responders are unable to differentiate between a building constructed of truss foundation or another type of construction. As a result, in recent years, the collapse of residential truss structures, such as roofs and floors, has been the cause of many preventable injuries and deaths among first responders, especially firefighters.
Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.
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