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  • Editorial: Assembly continues to turn its back on volunteer firefighters exposed to toxic smoke

    Few will soon forget the inferno at the High Tread International plant in Lockport last summer that sadly claimed the life of a teenager. The fire burned four days, billowing toxic smoke. Nor will folks around here forget the November fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant the mayor called “catastrophic.” It, too, poured hazardous… Read More

  • With free tuition comes expected responsibility

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s win for free college tuition in New York state comes on the heels of the Firemen’s Association for the State of New York’s grant application proposal, which was formally supported by the Erie County Legislature and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins at a press conference on Friday. The FASNY application looks for federal… Read More

  • Comptroller Proposes Changes For Fire Department Contracts

    State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is proposing changes to the process for local communities that contract out their fire protection services to incorporated volunteer fire companies. DiNapoli’s legislation would require any incorporated fire company to submit an itemized statement of the estimated costs of providing fire services prior to contract negotiations with any town, village… Read More

  • FASNY funding may grant full ride for volunteer firefighters

    In order to keep recruitment and retention up among volunteer firefighters, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has applied for federal aid to support local fire companies. Funding through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant and FASNY Higher Education Learning Plan would provide tuition reimbursement for volunteers looking to… Read More

  • Schenectady County may snuff out fireworks law

    SCHENECTADY COUNTY — Small fireworks like sparklers would again be illegal under a proposal being considered by Schenectady County legislators. The proposition comes after county leaders faced a boom in complaints about all kinds of fireworks since sparklers were legalized two years ago. In response, the county Legislature this week set a public hearing for… Read More

  • Tuition funding sought to draw volunteer firefighters

    DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) — Congressman Chris Collins, Erie County legislators and local fire officials are calling on the federal government to dole out millions of dollars to help boost volunteer firefighters in Western New York. Over the past several years, the offer of free college has been an important incentive to grow local ranks. Volunteer… Read More

  • FASNY video highlighting volunteer firefighter families wins Telly Award

    The family members and firefighters featured in “The Cost of Cancer in the Fire Service” campaign by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York poignantly express the health care struggles unique to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancer. The piece focuses on Wayne Smoulcey of Willowvale Fire Company, Schuyler Volunteer Fire… Read More

  • HELP grant aids fire company membership at critical time

    In 2012, I worked with volunteer firefighters and the Firefighters Association of the State of New York to get Erie County included in the Higher Education Learning Plan grant, which was paid for with federal dollars. This is an important partnership for many reasons, but now a lack of Federal Emergency Management Agency funding has… Read More

  • FASNY video highlighting volunteer firefighter families wins Telly Award

    The family members and firefighters featured in “The Cost of Cancer in the Fire Service” campaign by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York poignantly express the health care struggles unique to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancer. The piece focuses on Wayne Smoulcey of Willowvale Fire Company, Schuyler Volunteer Fire… Read More

  • Schuyler firefighter’s story featured in award-winning video

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A video that features a Schuyler volunteer firefighter has been named a Telly Award winner. The family members and firefighters featured in “The Cost of Cancer in the Fire Service” campaign by The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York express the healthcare struggles unique to volunteer firefighters who have been… Read More

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