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  • New law could keep firefighters safer, when they’re at house fires

    New York State is now requiring home builders and remodelers to note on construction permits, if they plan to use truss construction in their projects. The ‘new’ way of building trusses is less expensive, and safe—unless there’s a fire.  The heat and flames can weaken the metal gusset plates that hold the wood braces together,… Read More

  • Bill Authorizes Leave For Volunteer Emergency Responders During States Of Emergency

    State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. recently announced that legislation he sponsored has been signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The bill provides for authorized absences for members of volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance squads who respond to a declared state of emergency. Mr. Thiele sponsored this legislation on behalf of the… Read More

  • Volunteer first responders protected under new law

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will protect the jobs of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service personnel in declared emergencies, such as hurricanes and wildfires. The bill (S.07111/A.09849), sponsored by Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, I-Sag Harbor, will protect the jobs of volunteer firefighters and EMS responders when… Read More

  • Protecting volunteer firefighters who respond to natural disasters

    What would New York do without its volunteer firefighters? Some volunteer firefighters in New York State have been faced with the possibility of losing their jobs when they report to a prolonged disaster. Now, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law to protect the jobs of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel in times… Read More

  • Volunteer First Responders Praise New Excused Leave Law

    STATEWIDE — Volunteer first responders who help during times of crisis in New York state will no longer have to be afraid of losing their day jobs. An excused leave bill, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo this week. Under the new law, volunteer firefighters and EMS responders cannot… Read More

  • Long Island hires and promotions: Appointee at Bar Foundation’s Planned Giving Task Force

    Ilene Sherwyn Cooper of Dix Hills has been appointed to the New York Bar Foundation’s Planned Giving Task Force. She is a partner at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has announced four appointments. Robert McConville of Selden has been elected president.

  • Emergency job absence for NY firefighters OK’d

    ALBANY New York state has amended its labor law to authorize job absences by volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel during declared states of emergency. “This law ensures that volunteer firefighters and EMTs who are called to assist in times of a major emergency such as hurricanes, floods and wildfires have a job to go home… Read More

  • New York law authorizes job absences for volunteer firefighters in declared emergencies

    ALBANY, New York — New York state has amended its labor law to authorize job absences by volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel during declared states of emergency. “This law ensures that volunteer firefighters and EMTs who are called to assist in times of a major emergency such as hurricanes, floods and wildfires have a job… Read More

  • Country music star and former first responder Craig Morgan promotes fire safety in Baldwinsville

    BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. — Country music singer Craig Morgan will perform Saturday afternoon at Paper Mill Island. Prior to the concert, however, he, along with Kidde Fire Safety, plans to donate 300 “Worry-Free” smoke alarms to the Onondaga County Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. The donation is part… Read More

  • Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Protect First Responders

    Albany, NY – September 17, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (A1896/S6675) that requires property owners to notify their local governments whenever a newly constructed or rehabilitated residential structure is comprised of a truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction. While this construction method is safe for normal use, it can also become… Read More

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