• Firemen’s Association of the State of New York leaders pow-wow over safety issues, legislation

    Canandaigua, N.Y. HOPEWELL — An Emergency Services Education and Legislative Breakfast set for Saturday morning, Feb. 21, will spotlight current legislation impacting volunteer firefighters, and will make several free services available to residents, including blood pressure readings and Vial of Life forms. The event will be held at the Ontario County Training Facility at the… Read More

  • Yates County women snow competition

    Cortland A group of Yates County women were the first to form an all-female team to compete in the 10th Annual Firefighter Winter Games held last weekend in Cortland County. They came away from the games exhausted and sore, but motivated to be better prepared and conditioned for next year’s competition. Denise Slocum, captain of… Read More

  • For First Time, Women’s Teams Compete in Firefighter Winter Games

    Nearly 400 volunteer firefighters from across the state were in Cortland this weekend for the 10th annual FASNY Firefighter Winter Games. This year’s games are being hosted by the Cortland County Firemen’s Association. About 45 teams are taking part in competitions like tubing, tug-o-war, hose race and broomball. And while many of the games are… Read More

  • Deadline for FASNY tuition reimbursement program rapidly approaching

    WATERTOWN — Students interested in enrolling in the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Higher Education Learning Plan, which provides community college tuition reimbursement to student volunteers in good standing, need to register by Feb. 6 for the spring semester. The goal of the program, which is funded by a grant from the… Read More

  • Tuition Aid Deadline for Students, Members of Volunteer Fire Departments Fast Approaching

    Assemblyman Will Barclay announced Jan. 27 that there is still time for volunteer firefighters to receive tuition reimbursement through the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. FASNY has developed the Higher Education Learning Plan (FASNY HELP) as an incentive for people to join New York’s volunteer fire service. This program will provide tuition… Read More

  • Home sprinklers should be choice, not mandate

    I just read your Jan. 12 article titled “Firemen’s Association to state: Make builders install home sprinkler systems.” Since our association was mentioned several times in the story, I wish we would have been contacted and offered a chance to respond to the comments that were made by the Firemen’s Association. Home builders will always… Read More

  • Firemen’s Association to state: Make builders install home sprinkler systems

    LOWVILLE — The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York will lock horns with builders this year over whether the state should require the installation of residential sprinklers in new homes, volunteer firefighters learned Sunday afternoon during a legislative outreach meeting held by the Albany nonprofit at the Lowville Fire Hall. FASNY, which represents… Read More

  • Teen firefighters hoped to boost Victor department

    With a statewide shortage of available and trained volunteer firefighters, some departments across the state are looking to boost their ranks with younger members. The Victor Village Board approved Victor Fire Department’s bid to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to act as active firefighters on Monday, and several kids applied for positions right then and there,… Read More

  • Funeral held for volunteer Inwood firefighter who died in line of duty

    INWOOD, N.Y. (WABC) — The funeral for volunteer firefighter Joseph Sanford Jr. was a solemn affair Wednesday after the Inwood man was killed in the line of duty. “We call it the brotherhood. When a tragedy like this happens, it happens to all of us. This could happen to any of us,” said Robert Leonard,… Read More

  • ECC celebrates continued success through state’s FASNY tuition reimbursement program

    Back in the spring of 2012, Erie County’s community college students couldn’t take advantage of a New York grant program that allows volunteer firefighters to receive tuition reimbursement in exchange for first responder service. Fast forward to the days leading into 2015, when Erie Community College officials can now boast the state’s highest enrollment numbers… Read More

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