Month: November 2016

Another Firefighter Is Under Investigation For Racist Comments On His Personal Facebook Page

  The photo is of the Facebook page of a Mount Vernon NY firefighter, praising the Dallas shooter who killed 5 cops.  He was reportedly suspended for his social media post. It keeps happening.  As reported in on November 23, 2016, a firefighter from the Sacramento Fire Department has posted comments regarding President-elect Donald Trump and illegal immigrants, stating, “Illegal immigrants welcome … we need the target practice.” If true, this firefighter will join an august group of firefighters throughout the country who have publicly put their foot in their mouths and been disciplined for doing so.  I...

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What About Putting Felons on the Fire Department

New York law requires that employers, including fire districts, fire departments and EMS departments, apply a specific process to review the prior criminal convictions of applicants and prohibits a department from automatically excluding an applicant for membership based upon a criminal conviction that is not an arson conviction.

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FASNY’s 2017 Legislative Agenda

This weekend I attended the Fall 2016 Legislative Conference of the Firemen’s Association of New York in Albany.  I caucused with the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and attended the general meeting of members on Sunday at which an affirmative vote was taken to advance legislation for the 2016 legislative session.  The following proposals were put on the legislative agenda. Expanded Cancer Impairment – Legislation to provide a rebuttable presumption that several types of cancer are caused by the volunteer’s service in the fire department or ambulance corps, as is currently the case...

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Still Waiting for Gov. Cuomo to Increase Disability Benefits

On August 19, 2017, this site noted that we are waiting on Governor Cuomo to sign into law a bill passed by the State Senate and Assembly to raise the amount of disability payments from $400 to $600 for volunteer firefighters and ambulance corps members who are permanently injured while on the job. We are still waiting.  It isn’t clear why the Governor is withholding his signature on this seemingly non-controversial law. Volunteer firefighters and ambulance corps members who are injured in the line of duty are eligible under State law to receive workers’ compensation for their injuries. The...

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Town Needs to Vote to Let Firefighters Wash Their Own Cars?

One of the more interesting items on the ballot this coming week is a proposal by the Town of Wiscasset, Maine, to permit volunteer firefighters to wash their personal vehicles at the fire house.  This issue has apparently divided the town, the firefighters and the town’s board of selectmen. The question on the ballot: shall the town continue to allow the members of the Wiscasset Fire Department the use of the Wiscasset Fire Station to clean their personal vehicles?” The practice of firefighters washing their own cars violates a town policy regarding the personal use of town equipment. According...

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