• 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 his fire service brothers and… Read More

  • 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 with all other ambulance providers… Read More

  • 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 of brotherhood and respect we… Read More

  • 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 that is supportive of each… Read More

  • 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 has also been collaborating with… Read More

  • 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 the volunteer fire service. Past… Read More

  • 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 to join the FASNY family… Read More

  • 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 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 have them in your department,… Read More

  • 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 12 or older had a… Read More

  • 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 for those worst-case moments? Are… Read More

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