Bill S2679A-2013

Authorizes volunteer firefighters from other states to offer and provide their services to fire departments, districts and companies in this state

Authorizes volunteer firefighters from other states to offer and provide their services to fire departments, districts and companies in this state.

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Actions

  • Jun 10, 2014: referred to local governments
  • Jun 10, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 10, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • May 28, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 21, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 20, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.881
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 3, 2013: referred to local governments
  • Jun 3, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 3, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • May 29, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 23, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 22, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.753
  • May 6, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 2679A
  • May 6, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Jan 23, 2013: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - May 22, 2013
Ayes (9): Martins, Ball, Boyle, Marchione, Ritchie, Valesky, Gipson, Latimer, O'Brien
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - May 20, 2014
Ayes (9): Martins, Ball, Boyle, Marchione, Ritchie, Valesky, Gipson, Latimer, O'Brien

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2679A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to authorizing volunteer firefighters from other states to provide assistance to fire departments, companies and districts in this state

PURPOSE: Authorizes volunteer firefighters from other states to offer and provide their services to fire departments, districts and companies in this State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision 1, 1-a and 3 of section 209-i of the general municipal law to permit a volunteer firefighter, who resides outside of New York State, to offer their services to a fire department, company or district within New York State for a fire or other emergency, ambulance services or training. The definition of a volunteer firefighter is amended to include the definition of a volunteer firefighter from the firefighter's state of residence.

Section 2 states the enactment date.

JUSTIFICATION: Summer time in New York brings many tourists in to visit state attractions and with it a sharp increase in population. This warm weather brings with it millions of visitors interested in the arts, sports, natural history and cultural center attractions of New York State.

There are many individuals who have been trained as volunteer firefighters and even served in New York state before taking up primary residence in another state, Many often come back to reside in New York for several months a year during tourist seasons when an influx of people to various regions of the state puts a greater demand on emergency services.

This bill would clarify an ambiguity that prevents out of state volunteer firemen from volunteering in local fire departments during the time period when they are temporarily residing in New York. It will also help in rural counties where volunteer fire departments will be able to recruit firefighters from bordering states.

By allowing out of state individuals to volunteer while in New York, fire departments would have additional staff to cope with the burgeoning populations and emergency services that are needed during tourist seasons.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011,2012: S.4785/A.10172 Referred to Local Government

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2679--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to authorizing volunteer firefighters from other states to provide assistance to fire departments, companies and districts in this state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 1, 1-a and 3 of section 209-i of the general municipal law, subdivisions 1 and 3 as amended by chapter 967 of the laws of 1965 and subdivision 1-a as amended by chapter 354 of the laws of 1999, are amended to read as follows: 1. Whenever a volunteer [fireman]FIREFIGHTER, WHETHER HE OR SHE IS A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE OR ANOTHER STATE, is within this state, but outside the area regularly served by the fire company or fire department of which he OR SHE is a member and has knowledge of a fire or other emergency at or near the place where he OR SHE is for the time being, such volunteer [fireman] FIREFIGHTER may report to the officer in command of the paid or volunteer fire company or paid or volunteer fire department, or in command of one of the paid or volunteer fire companies or one of the paid or volunteer fire departments, engaged in the handl- ing of any such fire or other emergency and, on an individual basis, offer his OR HER services to assist such fire company or fire depart- ment. After his OR HER services are so accepted, the volunteer [fireman] FIREFIGHTER shall then be entitled to all powers, rights, privileges and immunities granted by law to volunteer [firemen] FIREFIGHTERS during the time such services are rendered, in the same manner and to the same extent as if he OR SHE were a volunteer member of the fire company or fire department which he OR SHE is assisting, including benefits under
the volunteer [firemen's] FIREFIGHTER'S benefit law. Any such commanding officer shall have power, in his OR HER discretion, to so accept the services of a volunteer [fireman] FIREFIGHTER unless the legislative body of the city or the village, the board of fire commissioners or other governing board of the fire district, or the town board of the town in relation to (a) the fire companies serving territory outside villages and fire districts or (b) a town fire department, as the case may be, by resolution heretofore or hereafter adopted, has forbidden the acceptance of any such services pursuant to this section. Any such resolution shall continue in effect until amended or repealed by the adoption of a subsequent resolution. The officer in charge of any fire company or fire department shall be notified promptly of the adoption of any such resolution and of any amendment or repeal thereof. 1-a. A volunteer firefighter WHO IS A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE OR ANOTH- ER STATE AND who, because of his OR HER residence or usual occupation, is regularly in the area served by a volunteer fire company or depart- ment of which he OR SHE is not a member may nevertheless volunteer his OR HER services on an on-going basis to the officer in command thereof to assist such fire company or fire department for the purpose of assisting such company or department's general or emergency ambulance services, or for the purpose of assisting such fire company or fire department at a fire or other emergency scene or for the purpose of training with such fire company or fire department. After his OR HER services are so accepted, the volunteer firefighter shall then be enti- tled to all powers, rights, privileges and immunities granted by law to volunteer firefighters during the time such services are rendered, in the same manner and to the same extent as if he OR SHE were a volunteer member of the fire company or fire department which he OR SHE is assist- ing, including benefits under the volunteer firefighters' benefit law. Any such commanding officer when authorized by the legislative body of the city or the village, the board of fire commissioners or other governing board of the fire district, or the town board of the town in relation to (a) the fire companies serving territory outside villages and fire districts or (b) a town fire department, as the case may be, shall have power, in his discretion, to so accept the services of a volunteer firefighter. 3. As used in this section, the term "volunteer fireman" OR "VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER" means a "volunteer fireman" as such term is defined in section three of the volunteer [firemen's] FIREFIGHTER'S benefit law OR AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN THE STATE IN WHICH THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER RESIDES; the term "area regularly served" means the home area of the volunteer fireman as described in subdivisions one, two, three, four or five of section thirty of the volunteer [firemen's] FIREFIGHTER'S bene- fit law and, in addition, any other area served pursuant to a contract for fire protection, OR THE STATE IN WHICH THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER RESIDES, and the terms "fire company" and "fire department" shall include emergency rescue and first aid squads or other squads or units of a fire company or fire department. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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