Bill S7084-2013

Relates to coverage for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers performing emergency services

Relates to coverage for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers performing emergency services.

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  • Jun 11, 2014: SUBSTITUTED BY A8991
  • Jun 10, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 9, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 3, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.1164
  • Apr 24, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - Jun 3, 2014
Ayes (8): Martins, Boyle, Marchione, Ritchie, Valesky, Gipson, Latimer, O'Brien
Nays (1): Ball

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7084

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law and the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law, in relation to coverage for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers performing emergency services

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the legislation is to provide coverage for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers when they are injured in the line of duty.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the legislation amends the general municipal law to address VFBL coverage for volunteers who provide emergency services before an officer in command arrives on the accident scene.

Section 2 amends the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law to address VAWBL coverage for volunteers who provide emergency services before an officer in command arrives on the accident scene.

Section 3 of the legislation is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Volunteer emergency response is dangerous. A reliable source of protection for volunteers is the volunteer firefighters' benefit law (VFBL) and the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law (VAWBL).

VFBL and VAWBL provide coverage similar to workers' compensation for injuries sustained in the line of duty. However, in some instances coverage is not provided even though the volunteer is injured in the line of duty. One such instance occurs when a volunteer is providing emergency services outside of his regular jurisdiction before an "officer in command" arrives on the scene. Unfortunately, if the volunteer is injured before the officer in command arrives, coverage can be (and is) denied. This quirk in the law can be addressed by making it permissive for a local government entity and fire company to authorize coverage for volunteers responding in these circumstances, thereby encouraging the best possible emergency response service to the citizens of the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S. 3590/A. 400 of 2013 - veto memo 250

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7084 IN SENATE April 24, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- 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 and the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law, in relation to coverage for volunteer firefight- ers and volunteer ambulance workers performing emergency services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 209-i of the general municipal law is amended by adding a new subdivision 1-b to read as follows: 1-B. IN THE EVENT THAT AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER PROVIDES SERVICES UNDER SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION WHEN THERE IS NO JURIS- DICTIONAL OFFICER IN COMMAND PRESENT, SUCH VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO COVERAGE UNDER THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW PROVIDED THE FIRE COMPANY OR MUNICIPALITY THE VOLUNTEER SERVES ADOPTS A RESOLUTION GRANTING COVERAGE FOR THE PROVISION OF SUCH SERVICES. UPON ARRIVAL OF A JURISDICTIONAL OFFICER IN COMMAND, SUCH VOLUNTEER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO BENEFITS IN THE MANNER SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 5 of the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law is amended by adding a new paragraph 1 to read as follows: 1. WHILE, WITHIN THE STATE, PERFORMING DUTIES IN AN AREA OTHER THAN HIS OR HER OWN RELATED TO THE DELIVERY OF EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT, AMBULANCE COMPANY, OR ANY UNIT THEREOF THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROVISION OF SUCH CARE IN THAT AREA, PROVIDED THAT THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS' MUNICIPALITY, AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT, AMBULANCE COMPANY, OR ANY UNIT THEREOF, ADOPTS A RESOLUTION GRANTING COVERAGE FOR SUCH DUTIES. UPON THE ARRIVAL OF THE AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT, AMBULANCE COMPANY, OR ANY UNIT THEREOF RESPONSIBLE FOR EMER- GENCY HEALTH CARE IN THE AREA, SUCH VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO BENEFITS IN THE MANNER SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH B OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.

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