The Volunteer Firefighter™ Magazine

Since 1948, The Volunteer Firefighter™ magazine has been the signature communication of FASNY. Each bi-monthly issue is packed with 50-plus pages of topical, educational and entertaining content created with volunteer emergency service decision-maker and volunteer in mind.

While The Volunteer Firefighter is produced exclusively for New York State volunteers, it offers expert insight from the top minds and storytellers based across the country. In addition to these renowned contributors, more than 100,000 readers enjoy original feature stories and updates from their Sectionals across the State, not to mention information about training and education opportunities, legislation, fire prevention programming and more.

Read some selected articles below. But, you must be a member of FASNY to receive The Volunteer Firefighter, so join today!

Recruitment and Retention

By Deputy Fire Chief Robert Outhouse, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee Today, as we continue to see the numbers of volunteer firefighters dwindling from our departments, many of us are asking why. What are we doing wrong? What can we do better? Recruitment and retention are the two biggest words…

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Recruiting Outside the Box

By Norvin Collins, MS EFO The topic of recruiting in the volunteer and combination fire service has been on the minds of leadership for years now. It isn’t a new thought, yet the challenges we are facing are unique to the times. In order to keep our organizations strong and…

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Want to Better Recruit and Retain? Be More Like Google

By Jeremy Connors, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee In order to recruit and retain, you must change your mindset to that of a business. While we continue to scratch our heads on how to recruit and retain members among the ranks of our departments, we might want to take a look…

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Fire Science: Put the Wet Stuff on the Red Stuff

By Michael J. Klemenz, Upstate Fire Protection Engineering We all know the old fire service adage “Put the wet stuff on the red stuff.” But, just what is the “red stuff?” Understanding basic fire chemistry allows us to anticipate a fire’s next move, which comes in quite handy when making…

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Fire and EMS Role in Protecting the Homeland

By David Lewis, Convention Presenter Each day, fire and EMS personnel respond to a variety of routine service calls or emergency incidents in their communities. While most of these incidents are routine and do not present a threat to homeland security, it is necessary to always maintain situational awareness and…

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Lost and Found: Lessons from the Fireground

By Joe Pronesti, FASNY Convention Presenter My mistake of getting “sidetracked” on arrival could’ve led to a serious problem on one of my fireground commands. Don’t let yourself be sidetracked at your next serious event. Although I am not a military veteran, I have tons of respect for veterans and…

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10 Quick Extrication Tips

By Les Baker, FASNY Convention Presenter Establishing command, sizing up the incident and formulating a plan based on good strategies is necessary to proficiently and safely mitigate an MCI. These activities remain constant regardless of the severity of the entrapment and/or patient condition. In addition, responders must have the knowledge…

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FASNY and FDIC: Shaping Tomorrow’s Fire Service

By Chief Bobby Halton (Ret.), Fire Engineering Magazine Editor in Chief For the past 91 years, firefighters from FASNY have participated in the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International as instructors, attendees, volunteers, exhibitors and keynote speakers. FDIC had, for many years, traveled from state to state. For the past…

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The 3 Biggest Mistakes That Keep Firefighters from Losing Weight

By Dr. Karlie Moore, Fit for Duty Consulting Losing weight can be really hard, especially for firefighters. With all the misinformation and nutrition myths out there, it’s no wonder people are confused. Here are three big mistakes I’ve observed throughout my work helping thousands of firefighters to lose weight. Mistake…

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… And the Band Plays On: America’s First Volunteer Firefighter Emerald Society Pipes And Drums Band

By Steve Grogan, Lynbrook Fire Department In 1976, the Lynbrook Fire Department on Long Island organized the first Emerald Society in the volunteer fire service in the country. In its first year, the membership quickly climbed to 75 members. Although most of the firefighters were of Irish heritage, some were…

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Recruit and Retain: A Continual Process

By David Glenn, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee On the last weekend in April each year, fire departments across New York State open their doors to the community and invite in anyone who might be interested joining their ranks. Firefighters work hard to show all the benefits of volunteering to…

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It’s Not About the Donuts, Part 2: Rewriting Your ‘Solutions’ for the New Year

By Kelli LaPage, MS, ATC, LAH, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee A new year is upon us and with all of its promises for a new beginning comes a time of reflection for many of us, and a desire to start anew in 2018. Every year, millions of people ring…

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Remember the Family

By Chief Patrick J. Kenny Ever hear a firefighter complain about the new generation in regard to the lack of volunteerism and “family” concept? Too busy being by themselves in cubicles with their electronic devices? “I remember the good old days when we would go off-duty and leave to go…

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It’s Not About the Donuts: Why You Don’t Have to Give Up What You Love on Your Journey to Health

Kelli LaPage, MS, ATC, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Back in August, I was honored to be a part of the FASNY Convention as a member of the Health and Wellness Committee. I always look forward to these events as an opportunity to catch up with members and this year…

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Understanding the New Class of Recruits

By Ed Butler, FASNY Recruitment And Retention Committee Retention – “the continued possession, use or control of something” or, in the case of the fire service: “someone.” Nowadays it’s no longer the challenge of getting new members into a fire department. Rather, it seems more of a challenge to keep…

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Getting Down to Business with Retention

By Charlie Sharon, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee Recruitment and retention: We all have heard these words. The first thoughts are of what will be done to recruit new members. Much time and resources are being spent to achieve this goal. But once we get the person in, what is…

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Starting or Growing Your Junior Firefighter Program

By Lyle Holland, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee With the new school year starting soon, it’s time to think about your junior firefighter program or maybe even starting one. From my own personal experience, it’s much easier to get into the schools at the beginning of their year to inquire…

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When the Unthinkable Happens: Moving Forward After a Line of Duty Death

By Kevin D. Quinn, NVFC Chairman I recently attended two funerals for firefighters who died in the line of duty.  As with every tragedy when we lose a brother or sister, my heart went out to the family, department and community that now must deal with the loss and figure…

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Hey, Firefighter … Cancer Is Real … Believe Me!

By Past Chief Brian F. McQueen, FASNY Director Somewhere in the U.S., there are two young volunteer firefighters who have become great friends through the fire service. They enjoy the brotherhood and elation of helping others on their worst days. Sadly, statistics have shown that one of these dedicated firefighters…

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Startling Statistics Can Help Educate Your Community

By John Kolb, FASNY Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee When fire departments start looking at creating a fire prevention presentation or program, they must first determine what message they want to deliver to the public. Your audience will be your guide. Use what you know from experience, whether it…

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Inside Versus Outside: Picking Sides in the Fire Dynamics Research

By Eddie Buchanan Ever since we started to pay attention to the fire dynamic research over a decade ago, there has been a battle brewing between those who think firefighting should be done from the inside versus the outside. Thousands of website clicks, Facebook page likes and retweets are generated…

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At Home with … William A. Hills

By Gina Salvato Shultis, Director of Development With a gleam in his eye and his memory sharp as a tack, William A. (Bill) Hills greeted more than 100 of his family and friends who came to the FASNY Firemen’s Home to celebrate his momentous 100th birthday. Among the guests were…

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The 2017 FASNY Legislative Agenda

EXPANDED CANCER IMPAIRMENT – Provides a rebuttable presumption that several types of cancer are covered under the VFBL and VAWBL. Corresponding legislation: S.1411 (Griffo) / A.711 (Gunther) THE FAIR PLAY AMBULANCE COST RECOVERY FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS – Allows fire departments to bill for ambulance services to even the playing field…

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Does Brotherhood Really Exist?

By John S. D’Alessandro, FASNY Secretary I love being a firefighter. Let’s get that straight from the beginning. Aside from my marriage and the birth of my children, it is my greatest accomplishment. Yet, despite the personal satisfaction it has given me, I have often been frustrated with the lack…

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Seven Tips To Destress And Build Camaraderie

By Candice McDonald, MA Serving as a firefighter can be stressful, which can lead to issues with retention and team morale. Finding ways to destress and promote team continuity is important. Incorporating team-building activities into an organization is one way to reduce stress and promote an effective and cohesive team…

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FASNY Museum of Firefighting: Muster Planning in Full Swing at the Museum!

By Jamie Smith Quinn, Executive Director of the FASNY Museum of Firefighting The FASNY Museum of Firefighting’s staff and Muster Committee have been busy planning the muster, which will coincide with the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the FASNY Firemen’s Home. This event will occur on May 20. The muster team…

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State Senator Joseph A. Griffo Receives Golden Trumpet Award

By Robin Schott, FASNY Legislative Committee Chair The FASNY Golden Trumpet Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional support and assistance to the volunteer fire service. Historically this award has been given to New York State legislators, government officials and others who have shown a commitment to supporting…

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FASNY Welcomes New Development Director

FASNY is excited to announce the appointment of Gina Salvato Shultis as Director of Development. In this capacity, she will lead the expansion of our fundraising efforts and work with FASNY’s Board of Directors and Home Trustees to cultivate relationships with donors, constituents and corporate partners. “I am so happy…

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Our Youth Are the Future of the Fire Service

By Lyle B. Holland, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee Look at FASNY’s Recruitment and Retention website at www.recruitny.org. We have it all: action videos with loud music, pictures and posters to get the kids pumped up! Take them to your schools and get your kids excited about joining. Once you…

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Opioid Overdose: What the Volunteer Firefighter Needs to Know

By Lynn Riemer, EMS Conference and Seminar Presenter, and Ronald Holmes, MD Every day there are multiple deaths due to overdose of heroin or prescription painkillers. Opioid abuse by Americans age 12 and older continues to increase. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that 21.5 million Americans…

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Are You Training Like You Fight?

By Daniel Batsie, EMS Conference and Seminar Presenter As EMS professionals, most of us recognize that continuing education is a part of ordinary life. We all go through the motions of logging hours and fulfilling those nagging requirements, but how do we know if that training is really preparing us…

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Fire Prevention and Life Safety: Did You Know … ?

By Marsha S. Holland, FASNY Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee Chair We all know that fire prevention is the most “boring” part of the fire service. It also doesn’t get the attention like every other aspect of firefighting. Be honest … you joined the fire service to fight fires,…

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Twins Saved 18 Years Ago by Firefighters Become Firefighters Themselves

By Steve Grogan As two 18-year-old twins received their badges as new probationary volunteers in the Lynbrook Fire Department on Long Island in August, two longtime firefighters stood in the back of the room with big smiles. Those two firefighters, Ex-Captain PJ Curran of Truck Company and Ex-Captain Joseph Rice…

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The 2016 Fallen Firefighters Memorial

On October 11, firefighters from across New York came to Albany to honor their fallen brothers at the 19th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony. Under a beautiful autumn sky, the names of eight individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice were added to the memorial wall. While many dignitaries spoke that…

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What Are We Getting Ourselves Into? Impacts of Modern Building Techniques on Firefighting Efficiency, Effectiveness and Safety

Ed. note: In the Fall of 2015, building upon the success of cooperative efforts to develop and implement the Firefighter Training – Best Practices, State Fire Administrator Bryant Stevens convened a meeting of the state’s largest fire service organizations with the goal of examining and planning for the future of…

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Building the Case for Presumptive Cancer Legislation: We Need Your Help!

“There are 92,000 reasons that volunteer firefighters should have presumptive cancer coverage in New York State.” There is power in this quote from FASNY Past President Robert N. McConville in the press release announcing the 2015 FASNY-sponsored video, “Fighting Fires, Fighting Cancer.” (1) One thing we can all agree on…

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Tips for Retention of New Recruits

By George Davenport, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee Chair Call it whatever you want: onboarding, mentoring, orientation, etc. This is a critical component to growing your membership. First, let’s revisit what we have done in the past to introduce new recruits to our department and examine what has worked and…

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Firemen’s Home 125th Anniversary Celebration May 19 and 20, 2017

By Kenneth Pienkowski, 125th Anniversary of the FASNY Firemen’s Home Committee Chair and Jamie Smith Quinn, Executive Director of the FASNY Museum of Firefighting The FASNY Firemen’s Home in Hudson will be celebrating its 125th anniversary May 19 and 20, 2017. A committee is actively planning a great weekend for…

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The Race for Glory

By Jamie Rockwin, PT, DPT, PN1, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Vice Chair Springtime marks not only a time of renewal, growth and beauty, but it also spurs a blossoming passion for the parade and drill team season that burns inside many firefighters. Parades and drills bring a wave of…

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Seven Tips for Avoiding Theft in the Firehouse

By Candice McDonald, MA, Firefighter/EMS Officer If you Google “fire chief arrested for theft” you will get over 4 million results. Headlines range from the theft of department equipment to the embezzlement of thousands of dollars. These chiefs are not alone. Firefighters of all ranks have managed to shame the…

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Learn to Control Your Stress

Stress can be your response to the demands of everyday life. Stress is not always a bad thing. In fact, the right amount of stress motivates you to be alert, full of energy and focused on your world. But, too much stress can be harmful to your health. It can…

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Ten Qualities of an Outstanding Team Player

One of the key components of developing a winning team is to seek out individuals who have outstanding “team player” qualities. Every organization should be committed to hiring quality people. Consider that 80 percent of your success will be a result of who you bring in the front door. Skill…

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Recruitment in the Fire Service: Understanding the Marketing Funnel

Finding and recruiting potential volunteers to a fire or EMS department is a multi-step process that requires dedication, follow-up and follow-through. A marketing funnel helps to identify and breakdown those steps. A department’s recruitment and retention tactics should aim to move potential recruits down this funnel to increase the likelihood…

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Watch Roundtable Discussion: Cancer Prevention and Awareness in the Volunteer Fire Service

The roundtable brings together a distinguished panel of guests working in the area of cancer prevention and awareness in the volunteer first responder community. With firefighters at an increased risk for multiple types of cancer, this is a critical topic for all members of the fire service. Topics of discussion…

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Fuel for Health: Investments Every Firefighter Can Make

By Kelli LaPage, MS, ATC, TWCC The most valuable asset any firefighter has is their body. More valuable than any fire truck, hose or tool, the firefighter’s body is the most important asset when it comes to their job – saving lives. It is the firefighter who makes the life…

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Recruiting the Next Fire Service Leaders: The Millennial Generation

By Candice McDonald, MA The Millennial generation, those born between 1980 and 1999, is the largest population of potential new members for the fire service. It is critical for organizational survival to integrate and embrace the talents this population has to offer. This requires fire departments to change strategies for…

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Can Diversity Save the Volunteer Fire Service?

By Ed Rush I don’t need to recite the statistics, we all know the problem. We need to be honest with ourselves and realize that the volunteer fire service in this country is dying a slow death.We all know the reasons. We are losing a steady number of volunteers because…

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Recruit Volunteers to Your Department with Help from the ‘Make Me A Firefighter’ Campaign

By Chief Kevin D. Quinn, National Volunteer Fire Council Chairman If your department is like most volunteer or combination departments in the U.S., you struggle to maintain the staffing needed to provide the adequate level of service to your community. The numbers are clear. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)…

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How to Recruit, Retain and Train the Next Generation of Firefighters

By Richard Chudy In 2016, each and every volunteer fire department in New York State will be faced with all of the same issues: recruitment, retention and training. Recruitment Our next generation of volunteer firefighters will be a unique group of individuals. This generation was brought up with the mindset…

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FASNY Sets 2015-16 Legislative Agenda

By John S. D’Alessandro, FASNY Secretary Democracy is defined as “the free and equal right of every person to participate in a system of government.” On November 7, a democratic spirit filled the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany as the 2015 FASNY Legislative Conference kicked off. The first…

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Moving Forward – 2016

By Bryant D. Stevens, New York State Fire Administrator As we close out 2015 and move into the new year, I must applaud the statewide fire service organizations on their collaboration with the state Department of Labor and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) in the development of…

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Moral Courage: The True Strength of People and Professions Alike

By Dr. Christopher F. Nollette, Ed. D., NREMTP, LP My friend and colleague, Chris LeBaudour, has been traveling the country teaching us about ethics and values. Through his presentations, Mr. LeBaudour has awakened our fellow professionals and inspired our students to come to know themselves better by identifying values and…

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The 2015 Fallen Firefighters Memorial: The Firefighter’s Prayer

By John S. D'Alessandro, FASNY Secretary When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage, Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.…

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30 Years of Youth Recruits Fill, Lead Small Department’s Ranks

By Dick Nagle, Croton Volunteer Fire Department The village of Croton on Hudson is located about 35 miles north of New York City. Many of its 8,000 residents commute into the city each day while many others work at jobs in the larger metropolitan area. Finding sufficient qualified personnel to…

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2015 FASNY Convention Highlights

FASNY members from across the state joined Association leadership in Albany for the 143rd annual celebration of the volunteer fire service August 18-22 at Convention. Volunteer firefighters walked the exhibition floor, attended training sessions and enjoyed many other events, including the inaugural Michael D. Whelan Walk in the Park. More…

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Hear The Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs A Working Smoke Alarm: Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10

Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) of approximately 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom…

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Wounded Marine Becomes a Firefighter

By Ex-Capt. Steve Grogan, Lynbrook Fire Department He always wanted to be a firefighter. He dreamed it as a child. And he planned on becoming one after he completed his military service. On May 29, that wish came true when wounded warrior and now-discharged U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Marcus Dandrea…

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Nassau County Juniors Start Fire Camp ‘Fahrenheit 516’

  During the week of July 20, juniors and Explorers from 13 different fire companies came together for the newly formed “Camp Fahrenheit 516.” The camp was designed to give these kids first-hand experience. The camp program was designed by the Nassau County Junior Firefighter Association (NCJFA) Board of Directors,…

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Dealing with ‘Real Bad Stuff’ and the Media

By Michael Capoziello The “real bad stuff” will sooner or later happen to your department. It’s part of the business, don’t take it personally … but be prepared. Whether we are talking about a severe motor vehicle accident, multi-alarm fire, mass casualty event or some other adverse controversy off the…

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The Art of Dealing with Negativity in the Fire Service

By William Greenwood, NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor III and Owner of FETC Services I started out as a volunteer firefighter and have worked extensively with various volunteer and paid fire departments throughout New England. Over my 23 years in the fire service, I’ve noticed we all have some sort of…

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The Risk of Being on the Road

By Dennis L. Rubin with Bruce H. Varner, Training Day Presenters On March 13, 2001, two Norfolk, Virginia, firefighters were struck by a car while they were working at the scene of an automobile fire on Interstate 64. This is an account of the real-life “emotional roller coaster ride” that…

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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department

By Thomas A. Merrill, Training Day Presenter Many times in discussions with the public, I am asked whether I am a professional firefighter or a volunteer firefighter. I take exception to that, and politely explain to them that there are paid firefighters and there are volunteer firefighters, but all firefighters,…

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Red Cross Programs Prepare New Yorkers for Common Emergencies

By Elizabeth Briand, Director of State Relations for the American Red Cross in New York State In 2014, the American Red Cross helped more people affected by home fires than all other types of disasters combined. In New York State, volunteers in more than 600 cities and towns responded at…

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FASNY Museum Director Wins State Award

FASNY Museum of Firefighting Executive Director Jamie Smith Quinn recently received a Museum Association of New York (MANY) Award of Merit for Individual Achievement. The not for profit MANY provides resources, training and expertise to New York’s heritage organizations and museums to strengthen their capacity and help them better serve…

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Do Something About It!

By Chief Patrick J. Kenny, Director of Fire and EMS, Village of Western Springs, Illinois When we talk about firefighter wellness, there always seems to be the debate as to what constitutes health? I sometimes struggle with Safety and Health Week, as I do with Fire Prevention Week, as to…

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Take Care of Your Department Members after Trauma

By Michael P. Capoziello Sometimes … as hard as it may be for us to understand, there are incidents that occur when we fail despite how good a crew we may have had on the first due rigs. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you may have trained and prepared…

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Teamwork: The Road to a Championship – What Can We (FASNY) Do for You?

By Daryl Buornat, Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee Member In January, the FASNY Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee met in Albany to discuss, draft and implement plans specifically for what our committee and FASNY can do for the fire departments across New York State. The first objective will…

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New York State Volunteer First Responder Job Protection: How Does it Work?

After several years of aggressive lobbying by FASNY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that greatly benefits volunteer first responders in New York. Firefighters and EMS personnel who qualify under the terms of the law cannot be fired from or lose their jobs while they are engaged in…

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Fighting Fires and Beating Cancer

By Brian McQueen “You have cancer!” … the three words that no one would ever want to hear. These three words are truly game changers in the life of countless firefighters across our country. For my family, my friends and the brotherhood within the fire service in my county, surrounding…

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Remembering Michael

Michael Whelan’s impressive record of service to FASNY and the fire service is really just the beginning of the story – there was so much more to Michael, who passed away December 18, 2014. FASNY First Vice President Ken Pienkowski summed it up best when he said, “Michael was one…

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Put Your Focus on Safety, Wellness this Winter

By Harry Barrett, Fire Prevention and Life Safety The Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee under the leadership of Bob Sutton is gearing up for 2015. Sutton has scheduled monthly phone conferences, which have been very productive. We will kick our agenda off at a mini conference in January in…

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One Day In January

By Charles Angione January 28, 1986. I was in a hurry as I walked through the fourth street door to headquarters station. I was off duty and just had enough time to grab a book from my locker before picking up Joan at her office for lunch at Primo’s, a…

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February Is American Heart Month: Know Your Health

Every year, more firefighters die in the line of duty because of heart attacks than any other cause. This February, take time during American Heart Month to know your health and learn what you can do to lessen your risks of heart attack and other life-threatening or life-altering conditions. Many…

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Volunteer Fire Companies Will Soon Be Required to Screen Applicants for Prior Sex Offenses

By Anita L. Pelletier, Esq., Michael J. Cooney, Esq. and Brian W. Mahoney, Esq. Local volunteer fire companies and the men and women who serve enjoy a special position of trust within our communities. Firefighters are called upon to serve some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, and their exemplary performance is…

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The Changing Face of Pre-Hospital Care

By Kristen Batchelder, MPA They aren’t always the most glamorous calls. They aren’t the ones that get your adrenaline pumping or allow you to call upon your extensive training in emergency response. Instead, it’s the call for the elderly man who is wandering in the woods in the winter without a coat or shoes.…

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Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village

By Marsha Holland, FASNY Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee “What I see I may forget, what I hear I may not remember, but what I do, I understand.” This is the motto and main focus for the Children’s Safety Education Village located in Ashville, New York, in beautiful Chautauqua…

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Are You Sure You Want to Be in Command?

By Chief Billy Goldfeder I remember years ago watching young firefighters in volunteer companies race to ride the front seat – after all, the radio, the sirens and the horns were the priority. In career departments, firefighters would want to “ride up” when the lieutenant or captain had the day…

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9/11: A Reflection

By John D’Alessandro, FASNY Deputy Volunteer Program Coordinator Today is September 11. More than a dozen years have passed since that day that changed our lives forever. Over the years, I have become increasingly fearful that for many this day is merely becoming the one between September 10 and September…

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Gas!

By Charles Angione We responded one sunny fall afternoon to multiple calls for the odor of natural gas in the area. Upon arrival in the vicinity, we found that a strong smell had permeated the entire neighborhood. For a few moments I feared a main break, but there was no…

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President’s Message

By FASNY President Bob McConville I wish to thank everyone who attended the 142nd Annual Convention of FASNY at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. Without a doubt, it was one of the most successful events FASNY has ever hosted. The first annual golf tournament raising money for…

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New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act – What Does It Mean for the Local Volunteer Fire Companies?

By Anita L. Pelletier, Esq., Michael J. Cooney, Esq. and Brian W. Mahoney, Esq. The Fire Chief of Main Street Fire Company, a volunteer fire company, has a son who owns a catering company, GoodFood. The Main Street Fire Company hires GoodFood to cater the annual picnic. The event is…

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FASNY Museum Of Firefighting: A Busy Summer at the Museum

By Jamie Smith Quinn The museum has been a very busy place this summer! The museum’s Super Saturday programs have become very popular, which is evident from the great attendance the programs are experiencing. The last Super Saturday program the museum hosted was “Water Wars: an Interactive Learning Experience.” This…

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FASNY Convention 2014 … Prevention Through Education

Since that casual conversation between a few firefighters in the summer of 1872, the annual FASNY Convention’s one constant has always been to highlight the organization’s dedication to educate, train and inform the volunteer firefighters of New York State. Along the way, FASNY also become an activist and advocate for…

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FASNY Museum of Firefighting: The Day Barnum’s Burned

By John Mulligan, FASNY Firemen’s Home Resident and Retired FDNY Deputy Commissioner Most people recognize the name of P.T. Barnum due to his association with the circus. He is often referred to as the “Great American Showman” and LIFE magazine dubbed him “the patron saint of promoters.” However, long before…

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Paradigm Shifting: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

By Fire Chief (Ret.) Richard B. Gasaway Paradigm: A set of assumptions, concepts, and/or practices that constitute a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them. Paradigms often develop over a long period oftime and become entrenched in the minds of individuals. Then, occasionally, along comes a new…

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Recruitment Is a Year-Round Effort

By Carolyn Stone With more than 500 departments and companies participating in a very successful RecruitNY 2014 campaign, many methods were employed – and almost as many different opinions as to their level of success. If there is one lesson to take from the campaign, it’s that recruitment is a…

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The Ins and Outs of LOSAP Tax Exemption

Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the New York State Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget this past spring. Included in the budget was legislation exempting the proceeds from Length of Service Awards Programs (LOSAP) from New York State personal income taxes. This has been a priority for FASNY and its membership for quite…

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