• Volunteer firefighters seeking extra cancer coverage

    Firefighter Tony Pagliaro, a 10-year volunteer with the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Company, has stage 4 cancer, his third bout with the disease. If he were a professional, he would receive extra benefits because New York state law presumes that 23 types of cancer are linked to firefighting. But volunteer firefighters only receive that same presumed… Read More

  • FASNY offers fire safety advice for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for home fires As New Yorkers make plans to gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York urges all to have a happy, safe holiday. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), unattended cooking and cooking accidents… Read More

  • Disability pay boosted for emergency workers

    ALBANY — Volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers will receive a $200 increase in disability benefits thanks to a new state law. The measure signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month will allow disabled emergency workers to receive up to $600 a week in compensation starting Jan. 1 Disabled volunteer workers currently receive compensation benefits… Read More

  • Reporter’s Notebook: ‘Tis the season for fire safety

    Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for home fires, according to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, which offered some safety tips. Nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day, the National Fire Protection Association reported this week. Unattended cooking and cooking… Read More

  • Video Looks at Volunteer Firefighters’ Lack of Health Protections

    Volunteer firefighters volunteer to fight fires and protect their communities. They don’t volunteer to get cancer. Today’s firefighters are exposed to more cancer-causing toxins and carcinogens than ever before due to modern construction materials. In the above video, volunteer firefighter families tell their stories, all of which have been shaped by cancer. The Firemen’s Association of… Read More

  • Smoke, carbon detectors vital to safety

    Olean Fire Department willing to help with installation Despite the fact an Olean renter had a smoke detector installed in his apartment, he had to make a hasty exit to escape serious injury from a fire a few weeks ago. He had no warning of the fire because the smoke detector wasn’t working, said Olean… Read More

  • Volunteer firefighters laud lawmaker for support

    Volunteer firefighters from across New York presented state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo with their 2016 Golden Trumpet Award. The presentation came during the legislative conference of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York in Albany, according to an announcement by the organization. The award, the association’s top honor, is given to a person… Read More

  • Griffo honored with award from Firemen’s Association of New York

    ALBANY, N.Y. – State Senator Joseph Griffo has been honored with an award from the Firemen’s Association of New York, Griffo announced Monday. On Sunday Griffo received the 2016 Golden Trumpet Award to recognize him for the work he does on behalf of all his constituents, particularly for the volunteer fire service. The award is… Read More

  • Firefighters gather in Albany for FASNY conference

    ALBANY — Hundreds of firefighters from across the state are in Albany on Saturday for their annual conference. This year’s FASNY conference will focus on legislative priorities, mainly expanding cancer benefits for volunteer firefighters. Firefighters tend to see higher incidents of cancer due to breathing in toxic smoke. “We don’t volunteer to get cancer, but… Read More

  • NYS Volunteer Firefighters Gathered in Albany to Discuss Legislation for 2017

    ALBANY, N.Y. — About 70 volunteer firefighters from different parts of the state gathered in Albany to discuss legislation items for the 2017 legislative year. At the 83rd annual Legislative Conference, the Fireman’s Association of New York is spending the weekend refining their legislative agenda. Among the items in development is a proposal for the… Read More

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