Authorizes the forest ranger force to establish a training program for volunteer search and rescue personnel to assist the forest rangers in wild, remote and forested areas of the state.
Ayes (63): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing the forest ranger force to establish a training program for volunteer wild land search and rescue personnel
PURPOSE: To authorize the DEC forest rangers to establish, direct and maintain a program for the purposes of training and credentialing volunteer, wild land search and rescue personnel.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1- Amends subdivision 18 of section 9-0105 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 617 of the laws of 1984 to add a new paragraph (b) to authorize the DEC forest rangers to establish, direct and maintain a program for the purpose of training and credentialing volunteer, wild land search and rescue personnel to assist and respond along with the forest ranger force to search for lost and missing persons in the wild, remote and forest land areas of the state.
Section 2- Contains the effective date
EXISTING LAW: Subdivision 18 of section 9-0105 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 617 of the laws of 1984, relates to search and rescue programs established, operated and maintained by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
JUSTIFICATION: This proposal would provide training and credentials for volunteer search and rescue groups so that these groups are encouraged to organize and participate in search and rescue operations. The participation of volunteer search and rescue groups will benefit the public by providing additional resources to respond in emergency situations where lost or missing persons are in need of assistance, the Training that is provided by the Department's forest rangers to these volunteer groups will help ensure that volunteer search and rescue efforts are conducted in a safe and effective manner. Well trained volunteer search and rescue groups are very important since the Department has limited resources and must conduct approximately 225 search and rescue efforts per year in wild remote and forested areas of the state.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/12: S. 553 Passed Senate; A. 5016 Referred to Environmental Conservation 2009/10: S. 3652/A. 8537; Referred to Environmental Conservation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1365 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. LITTLE, DeFRANCISCO, GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing the forest ranger force to establish a training program for volunteer wild land search and rescue personnel THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 18 of section 9-0105 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 617 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows: 18. A. Establish, operate and maintain a search and rescue program in fire towns and fire districts of the state. For the purposes of this section fire towns shall mean such towns provided for in section 9-1107 of this chapter and fire districts shall be deemed to be the fire protection areas provided for in section 9-1109 of this chapter and regulations promulgated pursuant to the authority of such sections. Pursuant to such program the forest ranger force of the department shall have the authority to organize, direct and execute search operations for lost persons or civilian aircraft and conduct rescue operations for persons injured or in serious danger of injury in the wild, remote and forested areas of fire towns and fire districts of the state; provided that, where criminal conduct is suspected or fugitive search is involved such search or rescue operations shall be conducted under the jurisdic- tion of the appropriate law enforcement agency. Search and rescue oper- ations outside of fire towns and fire districts may be conducted by the forest ranger force upon request of the agency conducting such opera- tion. B. PURSUANT TO SUCH PROGRAM, THE FOREST RANGER FORCE OF THE DEPARTMENT SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH, DIRECT AND MAINTAIN A PROGRAM FOREXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01133-01-3 S. 1365 2
THE PURPOSE OF TRAINING AND CREDENTIALING VOLUNTEER, WILD LAND SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL TO ASSIST AND RESPOND ALONG WITH THE FOREST RANGER FORCE TO SEARCH FOR LOST AND MISSING PERSONS IN THE WILD, REMOTE AND FORESTED AREAS OF THE STATE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.