S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2776 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y January 20, 2011 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. CROUCH, BURLING, MOLINARO, McDONOUGH, KOLB, BARCLAY, DUPREY, HAWLEY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to create a fire protection and emergency response task force in rural areas THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 1 Section 1. 1. There is hereby established a statewide fire protection 2 and emergency response task force comprised of eight members who shall 3 develop a plan focusing on the standards and training requirements 4 necessary to effectuate fire protection and emergency response services 5 in rural areas throughout the state of New York. Appointments to the 6 task force shall be made as follows: two by the governor; two by the 7 speaker of the assembly; two by the temporary president of the senate; 8 one by the minority leader of the senate; and one by the minority leader 9 of the assembly. The appointments of the governor shall be a member, 10 officer or employee of the Fireman's Association of the State of New 11 York. 12 2. The task force shall examine current regulations and establish a 13 set of standards that are applicable only in rural areas as defined in 14 this subdivision. These standards shall be aimed at being less burden- 15 some for rural areas than the current regulations are and shall be 16 designed to encourage citizens to volunteer their services. The task 17 force shall issue a report within ten months after the effective date of 18 this section and shall make recommendations to the legislature regarding 19 any suggested changes in the law or to existing regulations. For 20 purposes of this section, "rural areas" means counties within the state 21 having a population of less than two hundred thousand, and the munici- 22 palities, individuals, institutions, communities, programs and such 23 other entities or resources as are found therein. In counties with a 24 population of two hundred thousand or greater, "rural areas" means towns EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04550-01-1 A. 2776 2 1 with population densities of one hundred fifty persons or less per 2 square mile, and the villages, individuals, institutions, communities, 3 programs and such other entities or resources as are found therein. 4 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.