In 2016, each and every volunteer fire department in New York State will be faced with all of the same issues: recruitment, retention and training. Recruitment Our next generation of volunteer firefighters will be a unique group of individuals. This generation was brought up with the mindset that they can do anything … Read More
Democracy is defined as “the free and equal right of every person to participate in a system of government.” On November 7, a democratic spirit filled the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany as the 2015 FASNY Legislative Conference kicked off. The first order of business was for … Read More
By Bryant D. Stevens, New York State Fire Administrator As we close out 2015 and move into the new year, I must applaud the statewide fire service organizations on their collaboration with the state Department of Labor and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) in the development of the “Best Practices” guidance document … Read More
In the coming weeks and months, some fire departments in New York State will receive phone calls and letters from the state Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES) regarding a federal requirement known as an “A-133 Single Audit.” Jurisdictions expending significant federal funds ($750,000; $500,000 prior to December 2014) are subject to the requirement. A-133 applies to expenditure of all federal funds including FEMA disaster recovery programs. The widespread damage caused by storms Irene, Lee and Sandy in particular, mean that many fire departments are using these programs for the first time. As the administrator of FEMA funding, DHSES must ensure compliance with this rule. DHSES has advised FASNY that it has not received information from a number of fire departments. FASNY is in touch with DHSES on this matter and can assist with addressing any questions.
A-133 fact sheet with contact information for DHSES.