Relates to youth programs sponsored by fire departments; provides that participants may respond to an emergency or hazardous activity, but shall remain in a designated or marked off area that has been set up by the chief or officer in charge; provides such participant cannot respond to an emergency on a vehicle using lights and/or sirens; furthermore, such participants may not enter a burning structure.
BILL NUMBER: S2402
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to participants in youth programs sponsored by fire departments
PURPOSE : This bill will allow for an increased amount of exposure for youth programs in order to facilitate more of a learning experience for participants interested in the firefighting field.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : This bill would amend Section 1, subdivision 5 of section 204-b of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 386 of the laws of 1978.
JUSTIFICATION : Current laws prohibit student volunteers to observe an active emergency. This bill will allow observation of an active emergency with stipulations that will be regulated by the chief, which will include safe areas for the volunteer to observe and still allow for a learning experience.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.6562 of 2004, S.516 of 2005/2006, S.588 of 2007/2008
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This law shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2402 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 19, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to participants in youth programs sponsored by fire departments THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 204-b of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 386 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: 5. All activities of participants in such program shall be approved in advance by the chief, or his OR HER designee.
[No activities may include emergency duties in connection with fire department or fire company operations or any other hazardous activity.]PARTICIPANTS MAY RESPOND TO AN EMERGENCY OR HAZARDOUS ACTIVITY, BUT SHALL REMAIN IN A DESIGNATED OR MARKED OFF AREA THAT HAS BEEN SET UP BY THE CHIEF OR OFFICER IN CHARGE. SUCH PARTICIPANT CANNOT RESPOND TO AN EMERGENCY ON A VEHICLE USING LIGHTS AND/OR SIRENS. FURTHERMORE, SUCH PARTICIPANTS MAY NOT ENTER A BURNING STRUCTURE NOR SHALL PARTICIPANTS IN A YOUTH PROGRAM PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION FALL UNDER THE DEFINITION OF ACTIVE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AS DEFINED IN SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00729-01-9