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Bill S3552-2011

Provides that the definition of search and rescue team includes voluntary and municipal wilderness/ inland search and rescue teams

Authorizes a municipality to contract for the assistance of a volunteer wilderness/inland search and rescue team for the purpose of locating and rescuing an individual or individuals; provides that such a municipality shall not be liable to the team or its members.

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Actions

  • Apr 30, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 26, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 25, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.580
  • Jan 23, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 17, 2011: referred to local governments
  • Jun 17, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 17, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 14, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 13, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 7, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.1099
  • Jun 1, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Feb 25, 2011: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - Jun 1, 2011
Ayes (8): Martins, Ball, Little, McDonald, Ritchie, Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Klein
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - Jan 23, 2012
Ayes (8): Martins, Ball, Little, McDonald, Ritchie, Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Klein

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3552        REVISED 06/06/11

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to defining search and rescue teams to include voluntary and municipal search and rescue teams

PURPOSE: To define a Volunteer Search and Rescue Worker as an individual trained and certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Also to expand the existing definition of Specialized Rescue Team to include teams with members of Volunteer Search and Rescue Teams.

SUMMARY: Section 1 adds a new section 209-ff to the general municipal law by charging the Department of Environmental Conservation's Public Protection Office to define standards for a "search and rescue team". The new section also defines "volunteer search and rescue worker".

Section 2 amends subdivision 4 of section 209-bb of the general municipal law to include "volunteer search and rescue workers" as emergency services workers who shall be members of "specialized teams".

JUSTIFICATION: There are more than 26 professional Search and Rescue teams in New York State. Federal and State agencies recognize the importance of the roles that Wilderness/Inland Search and Rescue teams have in emergency service and now include them in local, State, and Federal emergency plans. They also serve a critical role in safeguarding some of our most vulnerable citizens with dementia and developmental disabilities.

These teams serve their communities alongside fire, ambulance, law enforcement, and other emergency services groups but without the same recognition under current law.

This bill requires the Department of Environmental Conservation's Public Protection Office to define the basic training and certification criteria for these teams and their members under the general municipal law.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 05/06/2010 - Referred to Local Governments

FISCAL IMPACT: None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 3552 A. 5668 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y February 25, 2011 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Local Governments AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to defining search and rescue teams to include voluntary and municipal search and rescue teams THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 209-ff to read as follows: S 209-FF. SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS AND WORKERS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS CHAPTER: 1. "SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM" MEANS ONLY A VOLUNTARY OR MUNICIPAL WILDERNESS/INLAND SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM WHOSE MEMBERS SHALL HAVE OBTAINED THE MINIMUM LEVEL OF TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE TO MEET QUALIFYING STANDARDS ESTABLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION'S OFFICE OF PUBLIC PROTECTION; INCORPORATED UNDER THE LAWS OF NEW YORK STATE; FORMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF LOCATING AND RESCUING, OR RECOVERING, A KNOWN INDIVIDUAL OR KNOWN INDIVIDUALS, IN AN UNKNOWN LOCATION, WHOSE SAFETY MAY BE THREATENED BY CONDITIONS RELATED TO THE ENVIRONMENT OR OTHER FACTORS; AND WHICH IS OPERATING NOT FOR PECUNIARY PROFIT OR FINAN- CIAL GAIN. 2. "VOLUNTEER SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM WORKER" MEANS AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER MEMBER OF A SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM AS SPECIFIED ON A LIST REGULARLY MAINTAINED BY THE TEAM. S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 209-bb of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 482 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
4. For the purposes of this section, "specialized teams" shall mean any emergency team or squad composed of volunteer firefighters, volun- teer ambulance workers, VOLUNTEER SEARCH AND RESCUE WORKERS or municipal employees, who shall have attained the minimum level of training or experience to meet qualifying standards established by the office of fire prevention and control, and which is administered by the state, a county, city or town for the purposes of training for or responding to a man made or natural disaster by carrying out any activities which are within the relevant training and expertise of such municipal employees or are authorized pursuant to the volunteer firefighters' benefit law or the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law but which are not normally provided by such entities. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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