• Epidemic of cancer among firefighters

    KYSERIKE – Firefighting can kill you. After 39 years, Brian McQueen knows that. Sometimes it’s fast. Flames rising, buildings falling. Sometimes it slow. It’s chemicals that soak into your lungs and skin; it’s the toxic smoke that lingers for days on clothes, follows you home and years later turns to cancer. Last December, a doctor… Read More

  • Volunteer firefighters push for protection for those diagnosed with cancer

    “You have cancer.” Those are perhaps the most dreaded words a patient could hear. A cancer diagnosis can be tragic, and tragedy has been mounting among volunteer firefighters. New York State is home to more than 90,000 volunteer firefighters who sacrifice their time, safety and, too often, their health in service to their communities. Firefighters are… Read More

  • Assemblywoman Honored with Golden Trumpet Award

    Hundreds of volunteer firefighters came together in Albany on Sunday to present Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther with the Golden Trumpet Award. The Golden Trumpet award is given by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York to an outstanding person who has shown support for the firefighting community. The organization chose Gunther for her legislative… Read More

  • New York firefighters meet in Albany to discuss 2016 agenda

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Volunteer firefighters are gathering in Albany this weekend to map out their legislative priorities for next year. Smoke alarms could be a top agenda item at the two-day meeting of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. The group supports state legislation that would require battery-powered smoke alarms to… Read More

  • Firefighters voice support for 10 year smoke detector battery

    COLONIE – Fall back, set your clocks and replace the batteries in your smoke detector is a familiar routine that could soon change. A new bill would require stores in New York State to only sell smoke detectors that come with a 10 year battery. The state’s Fireman’s Association was in the Capital Region pushing… Read More

  • NVFC Attends Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance Meeting

    On October 22-23, representatives from all aspects of the fire service gathered in Arlington, VA, for a meeting of the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance to address the challenges of firefighter cancer and how to minimize risks and protect our nation’s responders. NVFC board members Jim Seavey (MD) and Brian McQueen (NY) attended on behalf… Read More

  • Fire Prevention Week Starts Today

    This week is Fire Prevention Week, according to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. FASNY is reminding all New Yorkers of the importance of having working smoke alarms throughout their homes. This year’s fire prevention theme from the National Fire Protection Association is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.” The week is… Read More

  • FASNY: Bedroom Smoke Detectors Crucial

    ALBANY — About half of all fire deaths occur from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., when people are typically asleep, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Families are often awakened by fire and smoke rather than the sound of a smoke detector so have little chance of a safe escape, that organization said in a… Read More

  • Junior Firefighters from Baldwinsville Participate in Firemen’s Association Youth Day

    The following was submitted by Carolyn Stone on behalf of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York: The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York held its 7th Annual Youth Day on Friday at the Rensselaer Fire Training Center August 21. Young people from the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company and the Baldwinsville… Read More

  • NY Legislators Aim to Provide Cancer Coverage For Volunteer Firefighters

    Two New York state legislators are pushing for passage of legislation to support 92,000 volunteer firefighters who may be at a greater risk of developing cancer. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and state Sen. Michael Nozzolio have sponsored a bill that would provide presumptive cancer coverage to the state’s volunteer firefighters. The measure would allow coverage for… Read More

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