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  • FASNY: More than 500 Fire Departments Have Signed Up for RecruitNY

    With just under two weeks to go, more than 500 fire departments across New York State have now signed up to participate in RecruitNY, which will take place on the weekend of April 23-24. RecruitNY is a major initiative designed to increase membership in volunteer fire departments across the state. Throughout the weekend, fire department… Read More

  • Volunteer Firefighters Fight for Insurance

    A paid fireman and a volunteer fireman both respond to a fire where there are toxic materials. The paid fireman develops cancer of the pancreas, and his insurance pays for his treatment. The volunteer fireman also develops pancreatic cancer, but he has no insurance to cover it. Thousands of volunteer firefighters are waiting for the… Read More

  • Marchione Press Conference: April 6, 2016

    State Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione, fellow senators, volunteer firefighters and FASNY leadership recently held a press conference to kick off this year’s RecruitNY initiative. RecruitNY unites some 500 departments for a statewide open house event, slated for April 23 and 24 in 2016.

  • Volunteer Fire Departments Look To FASNY Program To Get Young Recruits

    LIMA, N.Y.– Members of the Lima Volunteer Fire Department pride themselves on being the oldest department in Livingston County. But, there’s a growing concern that one day, the historic station might not be around. Looking at the list of members on the office wall, it may be easy to see why. “From 40 plus we… Read More

  • Volunteer Firefighters Laud Bill for Cancer Care Coverage

    Organizations representing volunteer firefighters joined with Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi in Albany last week in support of legislation that would grant health care coverage for various cancers often associated with fighting fires. Among the organizations were the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, and… Read More

  • Volunteer Firefighters Looking to Push ‘Life-Saving’ Legislation Forward

    CAMILLUS (WSYR-TV) Dozens of volunteer firefighters, first responders and officials from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) gathered Saturday morning for the Annual Onondaga County Fire and Emergency Services Education & Legislative Breakfast at the Camillus Elks Club. The annual meeting focuses on issues pertaining to volunteer fire service. As a… Read More

  • Volunteer Firefighters Rally for Cancer Protection: ‘Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate’

    ALBANY, N.Y. — The motto of the rally was that “cancer doesn’t care if you are a paid firefighter or a volunteer firefighter,” and therefore both roles should be treated the same. “They did not volunteer to get cancer, and we need to support them in this endeavor,” said FASNY President Robert McConville. Members of the… Read More

  • Young Heroes: Many Volunteer Firefighters Under 25

    On Monday nights at the Chenango Bridge Fire Department on Kattelville Road, the loud thrum of a 4 Guys stainless steel fire engine provides the soundtrack for training. Men and women in heavy fire-resistant gear scurry around the parking lot under the watchful eye of their captain. During one Monday training session last fall, four… Read More

  • NY Volunteer Firefighters Saving Money While Saving Lives

    Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A recent report indicates volunteer fire departments save New York’s tax payers billions of dollars each year. According to the report by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), volunteer firefighters save New York State taxpayers $3 billion annually– due to volunteers serving without pay. “We’re volunteers from… Read More

  • Bill Would Offer Incentives to Volunteer Firefighters

    Citing a recent study showing that volunteer fire departments save New York taxpayers more than $3 billion a year, a trio of area lawmakers is urging the state Legislature to make it easier for them to recruit and retain members. State Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-58 of Big Flats; Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-132 of Corning; and… Read More

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